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How exactly does one take off the trunk? I have an XCT and have never taken it off.
I find it easiest to take the seat and left side cover off to access the wiring and plug to disconnect. Then it's just a matter of lifting the two levers on the back and lift the monster off.

It's around 45 lbs but because it's up so high and so far back; it feels much heavier than it is. I leave it bare unless I'm packing a passenger. Locally I find the backrest to be best but on a touring trip the trunk really shines with the surround sound and extra luggage capability. I even take the luggage rack off the trunk unless I am doing a road trip that would require it. Plastic plugs work great to keep it water tight.
 

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I've had my trunk off for a few weeks myself. I love the lighter feel of the bike and I love her lines with the nekkid hiney:D

I do miss the storage from time to time, and I have been unable to find an affordable used backrest to throw on for the wife so we just bought her her own XC to ridethumb up
 

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How exactly does one take off the trunk? I have an XCT and have never taken it off.
You will want to start by taking the hard bags off. Next, take off the left side cover below and to the rear of the seat. It just pops off and on, and is made to be removed and reconnected. Follow the wiring harness from the trunk to the connector...you do not need to remove the seat. Disconnect the wiring harness. Next, there are two Allen bolts located on the trunk quick disconnect mechanism. One on each side. Try to pull up the quick disconnect levers on each side of the trunk and you will see that they prevent you from disconnecting the trunk. These are your trunk anti-theft bolts. Remove them, pull up the quick disconnect levers Lift upward a back and the trunk will detach. It's pretty awkward the first time you do it, but gets easier with a little practice. Don't forget to put the anti-theft bolts back so you don't lose them. Just remember to take them back out when you want to reinstall....then, of course, put them back after installation so nobody can walk of with your trunk.
 

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How exactly does one take off the trunk? I have an XCT and have never taken it off.
1. I open both bags so you don't slip and scratch the lids--no need to remove them.
2. Remove left side cover and disconnect trunk wiring harness and pull it free of gap between bags and seat.
3. Pull trunk bracket levers up, pull up on rear of trunk to unseat it and lift it off the bike-make sure the wiring harness doesn't get snagged on something and you're done!

Someone above did a god job of explaining the antitheft bolts. You may have to remove them the first time you do this... I took mine off and never put them back on...

I can put it on or take it off in a minute or two--the hardest part is unhooking the harness... Sometimes its easy; sometimes its hard to access it...


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I have to loosen the left-side seat bolt so I can flex the seat enough to get the wiring harness out. I haven't figured out the trick to get it out otherwise.

How susceptible is the trunk to theft? I mean, only someone who is familiar with the Vic trunk would know it's removable, yes? That said, I always leave my bolts in when I have the trunk mounted.
 

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Took mine off as well about 2-3 weeks ago. Was a little surprised as to the lighter handling & overall feel. Trunk likely reduced to travel duty from here on.:)
 

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I worry about becoming too use to the easier handling with the trunk off. Might be tuff to get use to it on later. Same with the passenger foot rests. I leave them down all the time.
 

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I recently picked up the passenger backrest to use for around town and when we take the Vic with us in out toy hauler. As others have said, pretty big difference in handling/feel without that weight up high.

We plan to use the trunk for weekend trips, longer rides. I do miss the sound the trunk speakers provided, never realized how much you can hear them until they were not there.
 
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