Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Sherwood Forest
Re: Top Case Recommendations for 2010 R1200RT
New member joining in here, as I just bought a 2013 R1200RT. I commute daily on Southern California freeways, and because of the ability to lane-split here, I really like leaving the panniers at home and use a top case to store my gloves and helmet at work. I have used top cases on my last 3 bikes (Suzuki V-Strom and Bandit 1250, as well as my still current Triumph Tiger Explorer) and really find them useful. I was looking for a BMW 49L top case and missed out on a near-new one on Craig's list for $500, which I though was a decent price. Of course, I'd still have to re-key it to my bike, adding to the cost. No way was I going to consider buying a new one. Most of the used ones I see on Craig's list or e-bay are pretty ratty and would need some refurbishing.
Since I already have a Givi V-47 with aluminum trim on my Triumph, I decided to get the Givi adapter for the RT. This was around $100 from Twisted Throttle. Fitment was pretty straight-forward, but a little fiddly with the metal spacers that fit into the holes in the BMW tail rack. I did not go with the more expensive metal adapters as the molded plastic one is plenty sturdy (Same type as on my Triumph.) I don't mind carrying another key with my bike key.
Turns out today I am happier than I expected with my choice to keep the same case. I started up the RT early to get a head start on the workday before the holiday, start to ride off, and am faced with flashing red triangle. Well, this can't be good, so I turned around, went back in the driveway and parked the RT (turns out to be TPMS-must have picked up a nail while buying some spacers to make my tank bag mounting ring work, but that's another story...) It was very convenient to just transfer the top case from the RT to the Triumph and be on my way. I guess I'll be learning how to change an RT rear tire later...
So the Givi looks fine on the bike, and the aluminum trim matches my grey RT well. BTW, North Woods Wanderer mentioned the Monolock series; I think the Monokey series is more heavy-duty. The Givi works for me.