Inexpensive and spacious cargo solution for GTS
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2006 Tomos LX (sold), 2006 Piaggio Fly 150 (sold), 2008 and 2016 Honda Mets (sold), 2017 Buddy 125, 2006 Vespa GTS250ie
Joined: 07 Jan 2018
Posts: 161
Location: Colorado
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:03 am quote
I previously had a stock top case on my GTS. It was fine- but I needed a little more width. There were plenty of ways to accomplish this by spending a million bucks, but this had to be on a budget.

First, I ordered this massive 48L top case from Amazon. $52.88? That's barely $1 a liter! Cheaper than Coca-Cola!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZK4FPZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Upon arrival, I noted that the light panels were removable so I outfitted them with a set of combination rear/brake/turn LED strips. $6.95 shipped:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-8-Motorcycle-48-LED-Integrated-Brake-Stop-Turn-Signal-Tail-Light-Strip-Bar/132706367969?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

These turned out to be housed in a rubberized container which wouldn't fit within the top case light area, so I de-housed the strips and mounted them in the top case with double-sided tape. the red housing covers the area nicely with no gaps for water to get in, however I will fashion a bit of silicone sealant as well.

I wanted the top case to be removable, so I then built a wiring harness for the top case lights utilizing a 5-wire waterproof connector from here, $4.30:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-3-4-5-6-Pin-Way-Car-Waterproof-Electrical-Connector-Plug-With-Wire-18-AWG-6/192821773345?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=492958325825&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

This gave me the ability to remove the top case in about 30 seconds with the single hand-tightened bolt (pictured), and tuck the wiring harness under the seat area or behind the rear bracket.

Finally, an $8.45 knock-off Vespa logo for my knock-off Vespa case: https://www.ebay.com/itm/3D-Silver-Color-Vespa-All-Models-Front-Badge-Sticker-4-Inch-Like-656219-NO-OEM/202345462832?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

The top case attached with no real drama, so I won't bother with the write-up for that part. I did have to get some longer bolts to utilize the holes built into the rear rack, but that was optional.

Results posted below. Not too horrible! Pretty stable! Very light! And for a shade under $73 (labor, 18ga wiring laying around, solder, shrinkwrap not included), I'll take it. To-do includes some conduit for the wiring, and a flasher for the brake light.

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Joined: 18 Feb 2019
Posts: 157
Location: Tampa
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:05 pm quote
Nice work!
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2016 GTV 300 ABS
Joined: 14 Feb 2010
Posts: 131
Location: Andrews, TX
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:50 pm quote
Nicely done!
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2010 GTS 300
Joined: 15 Jan 2019
Posts: 185
Location: Texas
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:59 pm quote
Same Type, Different Color
This is the same case I posted about on 16 March in the YMCA Open Carrier Thread.

You can see pics there of the white color.

Your mods are nice; I'll have to add a Vespa logo to mine.
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Joined: 18 Jan 2019
Posts: 124
Location: I'm outa here!
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:02 am quote
Re: Same Type, Different Color
25BIKEZ wrote:
This is the same case I posted about on 16 March in the YMCA Open Carrier Thread.

You can see pics there of the white color.

Your mods are nice; I'll have to add a Vespa logo to mine.
This is the best one I have seen. Looks good, and it's big. Great job
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2018 Gts 300
Joined: 20 May 2012
Posts: 27
Location: Arkansas
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:09 pm quote
Just in time
Blipvert is my hero. We just got two new bikes and need storage since our helmets won’t fit. Looked at the Vespa one, looks great but seems too small. Was looking at K-Max which are very nice and cost around $130 each. Great write up.
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2016 BV350 White
Joined: 01 May 2010
Posts: 261
Location: East LA County, CA, USA
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:41 am quote
Vespa doesn't make a 48L top case for a GTS250, so you have to go aftermarket to get one that big at that price. You could have ordered a 48L stock one for a BV350, but it would have been over $400 and I'm not sure if the color would have matched and you would have had to figure out how to make the adaptor plate work with a GTS. The Vespa chrome piece on the back makes it look more like stock. The color is also a good match. It is definately big for a GTS though but it looks good.
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2010 GTS 300
Joined: 15 Jan 2019
Posts: 185
Location: Texas
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:40 pm quote
White One
Here's the white one.

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