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Does it really make a significant difference in slow speed handling to have the top box off?
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Does it really make a significant difference in slow speed handling to have the top box off?
Try it and see. I would expect you will get answers on both sides of that question depending on peoples riding style and personal experience. The only one that matters is, does it make a difference for you?

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Cross winds and weight are the issues.

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Okay gentlemen. I took it off. About 35 minutes. Will let you know what I think after a week or so. I was impressed with how heavy the top boxes and with my stuff in it it's probably good 65 pounds. And considering my Aviation experience with weight and balance and lever arms this could really have a good impact on low speed handling. Thanks for your comments
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I'm curious to hear how it works out for you. The extra storage and looks of the top case make it non-negotiable for me, but good luck!!

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Okay gentlemen. I took it off. About 35 minutes. Will let you know what I think after a week or so. I was impressed with how heavy the top boxes and with my stuff in it it's probably good 65 pounds. And considering my Aviation experience with weight and balance and lever arms this could really have a good impact on low speed handling. Thanks for your comments
I keep a lot of crap in my top case as well. It is not such a big job that you could not just add it when you needed it for longer rides and such.

Since it is also the back rest for my pillion, mine like gorm5's will have to stay on as I do mostly 2up riding.

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I've thought about this but am too used to the trunk now. Easy to get stuff in and out. Ride it more and the weight to height will feel more natural to you with time. Then, you will jump on a 500lb bike and think you can throw all over the place.
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For what it's worth. I'm having trouble deciding if i should leave the top box on or off. rode it for a while without, and definitely noticed a difference, but when i put it back on, it's not as bad.. I think since i'm new to the LT, i had to get used to the ride. I really like the top box on as it looks better in my opinion. Let's face it, i bought the LT for a beautiful cruising machine, so why mess with it. Once you get use to the ride, i don't think you'll have any issues leaving it on.. Very convenient for storage. AND IT DOES LOOK DAM GOOD.


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I've had mine for more than a year now, got a rear rack with a back rest for the pillion, I really enjoy the lighter feel.

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For what it's worth. I'm having trouble deciding if i should leave the top box on or off. rode it for a while without, and definitely noticed a difference, but when i put it back on, it's not as bad.. I think since i'm new to the LT, i had to get used to the ride. I really like the top box on as it looks better in my opinion. Let's face it, i bought the LT for a beautiful cruising machine, so why mess with it. Once you get use to the ride, i don't think you'll have any issues leaving it on.. Very convenient for storage. AND IT DOES LOOK DAM GOOD.
If you ride solo mostly, then taking it off makes sense. I ride mostly two-up and often loaded to the max. I want to stayed used to the weight back there. As they say, "train like you will fight so that you will fight like you trained."

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Only one ride and the results are in. The slow speed handling with the top box off is excellent. No more fear of dropping. The bike feel so different. I have gone from wanting to sell it to loving it and never wanted to let it go. I'm not usually given to such dramatic statements.
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I love the LT, but would never own one if my wife didn't ride. Her and that top box are an inseparable couple.
On a GT now and it's not going so well with her.

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I took mine off the first week (solo rider) and have no intentions of putting it back on except for a long ride. It was worth the time and effort to get comfortable to the new ride without the extra weight and wind resistance. For me it was a no-brainer. Happy trails!
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Top box is a work of art and was my "go to" for storage, but parking lot/stopping manners were not worth the "angst" to me. I will strap on my Kuryakin grand tour bag instead of the box when needed. Everyone has to make their own decisions. The feel of the bike without the box is just astounding. Best Wishes.
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Does it really make a significant difference in slow speed handling to have the top box off?
Depends on the size of your wife.
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