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Straight sided boxes ?

Discussion in 'Touring Issues' started by DonVulpes, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. DonVulpes

    DonVulpes Registered User Read Only

    Had anyone used the straighter style of boxes from an Adventure bike on their 'Bird.

    I'm trading in my Tiger Explorer after this coming trip, so the Bird will become my main touring weapon and as I already have panniers for the Tiger and the boxes will fit to the SW Motech frames, I wondered if ( despite being fugly in the extreme when fitted ) there are any obvious issues ?

    I appreciate I'm not going to be able to do silly speeds, but I'm assuming I'll still be able to get up to legal speeds in the UK and Europe ?
  2. regh

    regh Registered User Read Only

    Afraid i dont have any comments ref boxes, however interested in why you are disposing of the explorer? I have An explorer only problem is the wind buffeting even with adjusted screen.
  3. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Read Only

    Have you tried them on the bird already? If yes was there any issues with indicators if not I can't see a issue to think of.

    Most metal panniers tend to be thinner in width than standard panniers. As a comparison measure the bike width with the panniers on when fitted to the tiger then do the same with the bird.
  4. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Given the problems that the Bird can have with topboxes, I'd be interested to know what effect big boxy panniers have on it's handling "when making progress".
  5. DonVulpes

    DonVulpes Registered User Read Only

    There is no problem with the Explorer, apart from the wind buffeting, which I have never cured. A lot of people are fitting Madstad screens, but these are like barn doors and give you no cooling in summer. I'm part way through a tour of the US ( bike in storage while I work for a couple of months ) and I'm using a PB sport screen. Makes the ride very noisy ( although I wear earplugs ), but gives much needed cooling to the bonce on hotter day.

    The upshot is I have three bikes and spend so much time out of the UK I barely ride any. I have wanted a Bird since they were first released and now I have one, I want to fettle with it. I also want a Thruxton R, so the Tex and Street R are going ( once the Tex arrives back in the UK ) and I'll use the Bird for day-to-day runs and the Thrux seaside/Peaks/ACE/Duxford trips.

    My missus had a CBF600 which will need luggage for short tours, which is coming out at about ?1500 for both. I was thinking the adventure panniers would soften the blow as I doubt they're worth more than ?200 per set ( I have 37L and 45L panniers ).
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
  6. Alexhoc

    Alexhoc Registered User Read Only

    given the shape of most boxes I can't see that straight sided boxes will make a huge difference, not until you're at rather high speeds anyway.
  7. DonVulpes

    DonVulpes Registered User Read Only

    Thanks for replies. Saves money for more bits and bobs for the Bird @tu*
  8. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Read Only

    Did you try them yet?
  9. DonVulpes

    DonVulpes Registered User Read Only

    No, the bike with the boxes is still in the States. I'm getting it back early 2017, so I'll have a play about then.

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