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Bought a new Shad SH45 top case. At first I wanted to take it back because the mounting plate looked too big and didn’t readily fit the Honda OEM luggage rack.
But I found a solution to both issues.
Put three bolts through a piece of wood that I would trim to a little smaller than the mounting plate. This wood will mount to the luggage rack with Wingnuts for easy on/off. Next I bolted the Shad mounting plate to the wood. Top case goes on the mounting plate. I can remove the whole set up by hand with the three wingnuts. Top case will only be used for two-up or long solo trips.
 

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Tbear I think your pillion-in-a-million is going to be very happy back there with that top case fitted. Great pic.
 

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I'm doing the same thing with a Givi 37 liter top case. No saddlebags. The Givi universal mono-lock mounting plate is not too big, so fits on the Honda OEM carrier quite nicely. My uncertainty is about how much load/stress can be placed on the top case. The carrier specifies a 6 pound limit. The top case itself is about 9 pounds empty. Anything I put in there is only going to make it heavier. Not sure If I then trust it serve as an effective backrest for the rare times that I have my wife as a passenger.
 

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Hey sanmo if your rack feels as solid as mine I wouldn't be too worried. I think the weight limits are dictated more by lawyers than by engineers, or maybe the designer says 30# and the lawyer says make it 20% of that. I don't know, jes' sayin'

Thanks for the compliments. I might even paint the wood one day. Shrug.
 
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