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    Top case for my new RT

    Is the new style topcase worth the extra expense over the regular style case (that I have been happy with since 2009)? Favoring the regular case is that it has a handle, whereas the new style one does not. The new style case can have an auxiliary taillight +/- brakelight, but I will have a Clearwater aux light, so that is not such a big deal.
    I'd appreciate opinions. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DONPRICE View Post
    Is the new style topcase worth the extra expense over the regular style case (that I have been happy with since 2009)? Favoring the regular case is that it has a handle, whereas the new style one does not. The new style case can have an auxiliary taillight +/- brakelight, but I will have a Clearwater aux light, so that is not such a big deal.
    I'd appreciate opinions. Thanks
    Are you planning on mounting the clearwater aux rear brake light on the case?

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    No, I have the one that is a license plate frame. It will be moved from my old bike to the new one.

    The light position therefore will be lower down than it would be on the new style top case.

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    I'm ready to order the older style 49L box from the UK BMW online store. Can anyone confirm that this box, sold for pre-wethead RT's, will still fit the rack? I have a 14' RT.
    2014 RT, 2008 Honda VFR, 2003 Ducati 800ss race bike

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    I went with the 28L small case, $450 out the door with lock. Large case, in my opinion, wasn't needed and looks out of place on RT

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    Where did you order the 28L?
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    I got mine at Long Beach Bmw, parts manager Dewey matched the internet price
    Check online prices, sometimes some good (for Bmw) prices

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    Just my $0.02, I considered top cases pretty hard and ended up buying the large BMW softcase3. The exceptionally easy attachement/removal, waterproof main compartment, an 55l capacity made the $259 seem pretty reasonable. Not the same as a top case, but damned useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jswisc View Post
    I'm ready to order the older style 49L box from the UK BMW online store. Can anyone confirm that this box, sold for pre-wethead RT's, will still fit the rack? I have a 14' RT.
    Yes, the pre-wethead 49l case will fit on the '14 and on bikes. I recently mounted my '06 RT's 49l case on a '16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DONPRICE View Post
    Is the new style topcase worth the extra expense over the regular style case (that I have been happy with since 2009)? Favoring the regular case is that it has a handle, whereas the new style one does not. The new style case can have an auxiliary taillight +/- brakelight, but I will have a Clearwater aux light, so that is not such a big deal.
    I'd appreciate opinions. Thanks
    I don't think so IMHO Don. (BTW, I still know you)

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    My response is about 2/3 of the way down in here:

    http://bmwdean.com/r1200rtw.htm

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    I was very happy with the big BMW topcase along with the brake light. I've been rear-ended, so the brake light was very much worth it for the safety factor. Plus, the inner light made it nice for camping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by collesidis View Post
    I don't think so IMHO Don. (BTW, I still know you)
    Too late - my wife told me to get the new case with the built in light - and I always obey
    And yes, you do know me

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    Will the 28L case hold a full face helmet?
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    28l

    I went with the 28l and yes, it does hold a full face helmet. I bought it from the BMW UK store out of Germany. About $350 shipped to my house, including the ignition key tumbler and backrest. Came to my house in 8 days. I was a little leary about the low price and concerned about overseas shipping but all good. I happen to see a new RT with the 28l box in person and it looked just right so I pulled the trigger.

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