Now that you own a motorbike and have spent quite a number of kilometers with it, you’ve realized the many different ways it can serve you. From a mere commuter that takes you from Point A to Point B, you find that the motorbike is a daily companion that can take you to your office, favorite hangout, weekend destination, and little kid’s school.
Taking these roles would certainly need additional cargo space. And this is when the top box becomes an important add-on to your stallion. After discovering its functionality, you start checking out motorcycle accessories shops online, only to end up dazed and confused due to the endless variety of top boxes in the market. They come in different shapes, sizes, and designs, so choosing one for your motorbike is not an easy task.
Other than the factors we mentioned, it is important to note that there is an existing regulation from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) with regard to the proper use and installation of motorcycle top box. Violating the provisions—like failure to register the top box with the LTO or exceeding the size limit—would mean paying a hefty penalty of P5,000.
Beyond aesthetics and functionality, the motorcycle owner must be conscious of the dimension of the top box to avoid trouble. Consider these 10 useful tips in choosing a top box so you will stay on the safe side:
- Correct size. The LTO clearly stated that top boxes must not exceed the measurement limit of two feet in height and two feet in width. That’s more than enough to accommodate two full-size helmets and other personal belongings like jacket and extra shirts.
- Locking mechanism. We’re pretty sure that some things you’ll be taking with you on the motorbike are of value. When choosing a top box, double-check the integrity of its locking system. Make sure that it cannot be opened simply by using a hairpin.
- Mounting structure. Top boxes are part of aftermarket accessories that are attached to the motorbike. It is important that they are properly mounted and securely bolted to either to the passenger handrail or rear rack.
- Good craftsmanship. Top boxes are made of different materials—hard plastic, aluminum or even expandable soft cases. Check if the materials used are prone to corrosion, can be ripped-off easily, or have little resistance to heat. Nothing beats a top box that can take any form of beating.
- Extra features. If you think that top boxes are just simple, square-shaped storage that offers nothing more, you’re wrong. Some have secret pockets and straps to hold things inside. There are top boxes that have pin lights to help you search for items when darkness sets in.
- Availability of spare parts, warranty packages. Let’s face it, top boxes have parts that wear out thin in the long run. Why buy brand new if you can replace these worn-out components? There are reputable top box brands that offer not only replacement parts but also a warranty package for their products.
- Maximum load capacity. Top boxes are not created equal. Check out the maximum load capacity of a top box first before deciding whether to buy it or not. You might be needing one that can take a real heavy load.
- Compare the prices. After considering the factors we’ve mentioned, make sure you get a good bargain. Do not rush yourself when window-shopping for a top box. You’ll be surprised to know that there are more choices of top boxes available in the local market than you previously thought. Stop, think, and breathe.