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post #1 of 21 Old 07-23-2019, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Tote box too big?

I bought this tote box at Walmart for $8 and want to use it as hard luggage on the rear seat. Do you think it is too big?





It looks unwieldy in the photos but my torso is still taller than the box and my hips are wider so I dont believe this will harm my fuel economy by too much.

I def need some hard luggage, Im getting tired of strapping a duffel bag to the seat and having to carry around my jacket, helmet, gloves and emergency tire inflation kit. Also this would be great for food delivery gigs.

What do you think? I was going to strap it down with a giant zip tie to the rear seat and I was planning to make a YouTube video tutorial

I thought about spray painting it with flourescent orange spray paint but I think it will look way too tacky. Although this idea would definately get the attention of cars.
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....just a tad bit big KC .....but I feel your pain. I ended up getting this from Amazon for $53

Comie Motorcycle Tour Tail Box Trunk Luggage Top Lock Storage Carrier Case w/soft backrest&handle - 48L Capacity - Can Store Helmet (Black)



and I bought a rack from Biker Bitz.

It too looks big, but I can store my helmet and jacket in there no problem.



If you didnít want to buy a rack, Iíll bet you could figure out a way to strap the tail box to your seat and passenger grab bar and youíd have lockable storage.....
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Ok,

I finished the task, took about 20 minutes. Here are some photos it will take a few days for the YouTube video to be edited.

This is probably the absolute largest box that will fit on the moto without being too "top-heavy" and bound to tip over.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite...?selected=true











This "Tuff Tote" has a lid that has 2 snaps to lock it down. It reminds me of the Rubbermaid Action Packer. This does not have a lock but thats okay. I would rather the thief just look inside and he will notice there is nothing really worth stealing and hopefully will just move along.

Whereas if the lid was locked the thief may take the entire box with him and open it as his leisure. Time will tell if the thieves will be a problem. I am kind of "trusting" that the set-up looks so unprofessional and jerry-rigged that most thieves will not be attracted to it.

The main concern for me will be on fuel economy, I have been getting consistently higher than 200 miles on a tank (I mean 3 gallon tank with the 0.4 gallon that was must leave inside to ensure the fuel pump is submerged). I have been getting 210 miles for 3 gallons which is 70 mpg. Now we shall see how this changes with the tote box hard luggage and especially on the highway at 75 mph I wonder how it will affect aerodynamic drag.
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Well it's certainly got the size but the aerodynamics look about the same as an over-sized brick Lol.
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Well they do have 1 size smaller, maybe I can try that one. But I will ride around with this one for a few days and see how we do

Smaller one:


Present one:


The smaller one is also transparent and I dont know if that is good or bad

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I’m glad you did individual tie downs to each of the handgrips. That will help keep the thing from learning. Keep an eye on those tie downs where they go through the box. I’m afraid as buzzy as our 300’s are, those zip ties might act like jig saw blades.

I am interested in this though. It’s a good cheap solution for someone who needs cheap luggage. Who knows.... if it works, I might use something like this for an extended trip......

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I decided to 86 the blue tote. Its too tall and top-heavy and it is not stable enough for the highway. I discovered a much cleaner way to attach the front mounting points: To zip tie them to the metal hooks underneath (inside) the removable seat:



Here is how it looks:



I will be making a step-by-step tutorial with a black Husky tote that I bought at Home Depot for $10.


Here is a sneak preview of the finished product:


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Call it me being skeptical but I question how much stress the bottom plastic can take in the long run with 3 or 4 zip ties holding it down. Definitely keep us updated though.
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i came across a dewalt circular saw hard case, heavy black plastic, at a yard sale for 5 bucks. i cut out the molded inner lining, painted over the yellow dewalt lettering and voila, a top box!! and its watertight and lockable. and if somebody steals it...big deal.
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