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Since I now have a new BV 350, and have been on CA interstate highways, I want to plan a camping trip to Yosemite sometime later this year or next year in the fall.

I need to share that I am not a fan of how Top Cases look on any scooter let alone the BV 350. However, I know, I will eventually need a Top Case even for just weekend trips to Orange County and Palm Springs.

I know Givi, Paiggio and Shad top cases are removable, excellent plus for me, but I noticed the brackets to hold the top case is really large and make the scooter look odd.

What are my options? BV 350 does not have side bags...

I am thinking I will just cave-in and get the Piaggo or the Givi given Scooterwest is having a sale on top cases; which is best...?

Do big Top Cases change the handing in highway speeds...?

Thoughts and opinions needed...?
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MP3 500 (2) MotoGuzzi California 1400
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I have a Givi v46 Monokey top box on my scooter. The bike rides the same with it and without it. It adds not only a good storage area, but a stable place to net another bag between my back and the case. Sexy? No. Effective? Yes. And that is what counts when taking a load of stuff with you.

The Givi is well made and reliable. The Shad and Piaggio also hold good reputations.
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You can always remove the brakets/bass of the top box.
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Soft saddle bags are also an option. They don't hold a lot, but they are OK for extra storage on a special trip.
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We have a BV250 with the Piaggio factory top case. It looks quite bulbous perched up on the rear and is very useful. As noted, the case can be quickly removed and the rear doesn't look bad in the least.

I predict that once you have a top case, you will use it constantly. They make a trip to the grocery an easy proposition.
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On my previous bike (BV250) I had a Piaggio topbox. It was very useful for extra storage and my wife felt much more comfortable riding 2 up. I have yet to buy one for my BV350 although I probably will for the same reasons. That said I am not particularly fond of how they look but at least they are easily removable for solo rides. 8)
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