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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Default Tour owners, do you ride with your trunk all the time?

Just curious how many run with the trunk on all the time.
Personally I love the storage and it was the reason I bought the bike so it's always on.

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I bought my 13 new and the trunk has never been off.

I bought the 08 with the purpose to remove the trunk so I took it off right after I got it and it hasn't been and has no plans to go back on. I would like to find a passenger backrest for it but they are up there in price now days.

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Yep, I bought my '13 new and the trunk has never been off. Bought a Highball to cruise on.

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I keep the trunks on all of our XCT bikes in wall mounting racks more than 90% of the time and ride mostly without the trunk. The only time the trunks go on is if we are taking an overnight (or longer) trip on the bike and want the storage. The trunk is especially nice for storing our full face helmets that we take on trips if we have to ride in the rain. For non-rain rides, we just use our half helmets.

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Just curious how many run with the trunk on all the time.
Personally I love the storage and it was the reason I bought the bike so it's always on.
Yes always on, never even removed it, or looked how to remove it, hahahah

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I chose ‘Yes’, for always on.

In truth, I ride without it once or twice per year, just for something different. It is not as easy to remove as I think it should be, especially because I have the passenger grab handles, which somewhat trap the trunk’s wiring behind them. If it were easier, then I would probably go without more often.

The trunk provides a lot of convenient storage. My bike is not used for long-distance riding much, but mostly for all-around transportation. The left bag is always packed with clothing (several pairs of gloves, jacket liner, rain gear, scarf in cooler months) and the right bag holds some tools, Bibles to give away and devotional books to give out. So the trunk is the place for groceries, iPad, storing the helmet while parked, etc.

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I mostly leave it on. I have taken it off a few times and I dig it, but with lights and farkles, etc it's more of a pain to remove it. Then is the problem of storing it. I do have a rack for it, but I just don't have wall space right now to mount it.
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I am surprised at the reports of difficulty removing the trunk. I can take it off or put it on in about 2 minutes and I have the passenger grab handles (make it a tighter fit for the wiring bundle) and the Sabertooth lights on the saddlebags (make it very slightly harder to get the trunk wiring past the sabertooth wiring and also means the saddle bags are slightly harder to remove so I don't remove them, I just tilt the left one out a bit). I can get the trunk off the bike and into the wall mount by myself and I am no Hercules (5'-9.5" and 170 lbs). I can get the trunk onto the bike by myself but this is a bit of a struggle as it is awkward to lift it in front of you and get the prongs onto their pins. I prefer to have someone help me install the trunk by holding one side as I hold the other and then we both slide it forward to insert.

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I suppose the biggest pain point for me is the storage, tho it's so much easier to remove the trunk with the left saddlebag removed due to the wiring harness.



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Leave it on full time. I took it off once just because you can. I find it heavy and unwieldy to manhandle. I, too, have the wall mount bracket to support it, but don't have the wall space to use it. Lots of easy storage at ones fingertips with it in-place. If I was a solo rider I'd consider taking it off on occasion just for the cool factor. I've contemplated procuring the tail rack / backrest combo piece for day rides. Since Victory is done with us . . . I'm equally done with them. Tires and other operational bits are the only thing I'm spending my dollars on.

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