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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Got an 2011 never had a trunk. just use the backrest and luggage rack when the wife rides with me. rest the time I leave the bag fillers in and run it like that. I have been thinking about a trunk and wondered if it was worth the money. her and I have done week long trips with out it and I have done 4 day trips caring a tent and never had a storage issue. Just looking for some feed back on the trunk.

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I keep the trunk off except when touring and then it is great. I normally ride in a half-helmet but when touring I carry a full-face helmet with me for use in the rain. I can store this in the trunk along with plenty of more stuff. My wife rides her own XCT so I don't have to worry about packing for two on one bike and we don't camp so we aren't carrying tents/sleeping bags, etc. but I still like the trunk for the extra space so that I can take riding gear I take when touring such as a heavy jacket, chaps, rain gear, full-face helment as well as tools, normal clothes, computer bag, food, beer, etc. Some of this goes in the saddlebags but some goes in the trunk.

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This is my trunk huge storage and quick on/off and best of all it's under $200 and is designed for the luggage rack. The bag has a sleeve that slides over the luggage rack and snaps to the passenger back rest.

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I use my trunk all the time. While the saddlebag is big enough for my laptop bag, the trunk is easier. Also, I can fit my leather jacket, laptop bag, and helmet all on the bike if I have the trunk. I often ride with my wife and she brings her purse along too.
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First Vic was a 2011 XC. Added the backrest and some aftermarket lowers. Got rid of that and bought a 2013 XCT.

Love having the trunk. Provides lots of secure storage. I like having a place I can lock my helmet when I go to the store, and a place to put the groceries when I come out. When touring I can carry everything I need to live on the road comfortably. And I can lock the bike up when going into a resturaunt without the worry of someone walking off with my bag.

The only down side is that it adds weight up high.

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Gobs of lockable storage and an extra light are definitely pluses. My wife and I test rode a CCT a few years ago and she absolutely liked riding against the back rest much better than the trunk so that is a big minus. I personally use the back rest \ luggage rack and have different options: for touring I have a Victory Rack Bag and a small roll bag I RockStrap over the top of it. If I need more space I have an expandable soft bag that I can load up that can ride on the passenger seat or fit on top of the Vic Rack Bag

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Vision pilot here. I had my trunk removed before I rode the bike off the showroom floor and I doubt it will ever go on. So far the longer trips I have taken have been handled by a nice Tail bag that I mount to the rear seat and that provides me with all the storage I need. Now, if I ever do a long trip with my Wife I would consider mounting the trunk, but I will need a panel to do it because I am not going to cut the one I have. From what I have been hearing those panels are now getting very hard to find, so it may never happen period. Here is a shot of the bag mounted:

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The trunk...

Pros:
Tons of extra space.
extra speakers.
extra brake light.
extra 12v power outlet. (My wife keeps her phone charged while we ride)
lockable.
takes 2-5 minutes to add/remove.

Cons:
Wife thinks the standard backrest is more comfortable.
Bike looks better without a trunk or backrest.
expensive.


Hope this helps. I love having it and didn't use it for the first 4 years I owned the thing. Now I keep it on and it is really nice for week or more trips. Extra clothes, shoes/boots, wife's purse, everything. The only time the extra weight is noticeable is when putting around a parking lot or taking it off the side stand.
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Gobs of lockable storage and an extra light are definitely pluses. My wife and I test rode a CCT a few years ago and she absolutely liked riding against the back rest much better than the trunk so that is a big minus. I personally use the back rest \ luggage rack and have different options: for touring I have a Victory Rack Bag and a small roll bag I RockStrap over the top of it. If I need more space I have an expandable soft bag that I can load up that can ride on the passenger seat or fit on top of the Vic Rack Bag

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I only use mine when touring with my wife along. Solo trips all my gear fits in the saddle bags. But with the wife it's an absolute necessity for all our gear and helmets. She likes it because it's​ like a lounge chair and she can chill out and read her kindle on the long days.

On a side note, what is it with women reading while riding passenger on motorcycle?. All my friends wives do it including mine. I don't mind just seems weird to me.

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