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    Question Suitable top case for a 1984 R65

    Anyone out there have any suggestions for a top case that will mount on a luggage rack? I need to find one. My hard luggage is usually filled up with my art supplies and books for my classes, and since I ride my bike daily (no car) I need a little more room for rain gear and to stow my helmet. I've seen one in the JC Whitney catalog for about $80 but know nothing about it's construction or durability. I don't think BMW makes a top case for my bike, either. Any ideas?
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    The Givi stuff is pretty nice, though I'm not sure whether they make a mount for that bike. www.givi.it

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    Top cases make short wheelbase BMWs do really weird stuff. I would advise against adding one of those.
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    Dave,

    Just as I suspected, GIVI makes not mention whatsoever on their website as to fitting any Airhead bike at all. You would think they would notice just how many Airhead bikes manufactured in the 70', 80' and 90's that are still in service that could be potential customers if they made fitting brackets to work on bikes like mine. Guess not, huh? Oh well..... Guess I'll keep looking. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

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    There was a company Five Star that made racks for GIVI luggage.
    I have those racks on my R100R. A year or so ago I found them on line. I did a search today for five star, fivestar, five stars.
    I don't think they are around any more.
    Try www.happy-trail.com
    I think they can make a rack.

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    This is a givi look alike, and it is very durable. Trunk

    I will try to attach a photo of it. I believe the mount will bolt to your existing rack.
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    I believe the top case you have is indeed one of the ones I was considering from JC Whitney. It may just end up as the one I get for my bike, too. I have a feeling that this may be my best option for adding a top case without going thru too much trouble. Thanks!

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    A lot is going to depend on your rack and how securely it is mounted to the bike. Once I got the rack part fixed (I finally found a Reynolds for a decent price after years of looking and removed the stock rack), I just installed an 8-gallon Rubbermaid Action Packer to the rack. Sorry, no pictures, yet, but the topcase set me back about $20-$30 with mounting hardware and locks, holds a medium-sized full-face helmet, is completely waterproof, and has provisions for padlocks.
    -Mike

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