Silly as it sounds, maybe just changing the color of the lid to black or a blue to match your bike will help it look smaller? Of course that won't help or fix the aerodynamics, or weight distribution. But I agree with fleuger99, just not a fan of top boxes, as a general rule. I look forward to hearing how it works for you!
The lid of the box matches the valve cover protectors and I think it looks good. Would like to see it with the bags though. I have a small Givi top box I have considered mounting but would need to install the luggage rack.
I need the extra space (or at least my wife does) when we go away for more than a week. A topbox also gives her something to lean on. The box only looks too big in profile, from the back or front it looks OK.
I loaded the topbox up today with an extra 10kg and it definitely affected the handling. I'll probably revert back to the small box and try various other options of carrying a little extra. A pair of small bags I could strap on top of the panniers may work. They'd only be there for the first and last days of longer trips. At worst it's an excuse to go out on some trips to try it out.
I ride solo, not the same as you. That is a big looking box, but probably looks differant with panniers on. I would be more concerned with wieght distribution. I've always preferred soft top luggage such as Wolfman. I can make it all fit according to what I'm carrying, I don't even use the panniers unless I'm away overnight. Just thought's.
I ride solo, and frequently just use my large top box. Roads are pretty straight in Chicago-land, so handling at an angle is less of an issue. I haven't noticed a significant change in how the bike handles. The upside for two-up is that your rider has a backrest with the box in back.
It seemed to handle OK going round bends. It just felt a little vague in a straight line under acceleration, the front didn't feel right. My wife definitely likes a topbox to lean on. We will just have to adjust to a less space on our 2 week trip to the Pyrenees this year.
If you're 6'6" and tipping the scales around 250# it'll probably look fine when you ride. If you're 5'7' then be a bit overwhelming, but then you could probably sleep in the sucker in a pinch :001_tongue:
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