I commute nearly every day on her, taking my lunch bag at least and maybe a pull over for that cool ride home at 12:30 AM. With my former bike, I had storage for my riding jacket, full face helmet and pull over...all waiting for me to slip on and head home after a hard day of work. With the Xciting, I can place my helmet and pull over away...but nothing else. So I'm lugging in a few things every day.
Kimmie's previous owner had a top case installed before, and the grab bars were solid enough to hold the travel trunk as well. The entire set up consisted of a hard thick plastic bottom plate which already had several holes pre-drilled into it. I would just have to affix the bottom plate to the existing luggage rack area with four mounting screws.
Sadly this took some drilling as the previous owner's top case holes did not match up with mine.
|The bottom plate installed.|
It only took me about an hour to do. That simplicity I liked and EMGO gets kudo's from me because of this simplicity. After all, I'm a monkey with a gun when it comes to anything mechanical.
The travel trunk itself is 12" by 16.5" by 11" (or 30.48 by 41.91 by 27.94 cm) so it's roomy enough to hold a full face helmet at least and various little odds and ends. I'll probably make it a habit to carry my rain gear, gauntlet gloves and pull over under the seat. My daily "needs" of lunch and place to store my helmet will go into the trunk. It looks like my jacket will have to go inside with me for now.
Overall I'm happy with the box and can't wait to take it out on the road. I'm assuming that it will affect the way I ride, after all it will catch the wind and effect the over all balance of the bike...but that should be easy enough to overcome.