Top quality product only let down by price and small space
I purchased this top box for my R1200GS LC, as naturally it goes perfectly with the bike fit and styling wise. I also ordered the optional back rest for a pillion passenger. One great thing about this system is the dealer can match the keys as you desire: you can have the same key for everything on the bike, or separate key for the ignition and one for the luggage, as I have done. The top box is very solid, mounts easily to the bike and is very secure. It has a double latch which must be secure before locking it, so it would take a LOT of effor...t to get into it. The top box is totally waterproof: never had any leaks. It also detaches easily so you can use it as a carry case. It is called "Vario" because there is a big lever inside the top box which allows you to shrink it down or raise the whole thing in height very easily. So there must be downsides, right? Well, the first is cost. At almost a thousand dollars fitted, it is VERY expensive. There are many other good top boxes available to fit the GS at significantly less cost that would also do a very good job. The other problem is space, or lack thereof. All that solid build quality comes at a cost. If you have the Vario lever in the down position, there is not enough space to put a helmet in it. If you put it up, you can fit a full face helmet and a pair of gauntlets, but not much else. So you cannot store your pillion passenger's helmet in it, and as the GS does not have a separate helmet lock, that can be an issue. PROS: Top quality, fits and styles with the bike very well, secure and rugged CONS: Very expensive with limited space VERDICT: If you can accept the limited space, high cost and want a style matched solution, you have it. But if you want more space at much less cost, there are better options out there. RECOMMENDED WITH SOME RESERVATIONS
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