This week, the topcase I'd ordered from BestemUSA Motorcycle Accessories last weekend and it arrived on Thursday. Installation was pretty straighforward on the V-Strom and the hardest part was mating a power lead wire to the brake light's power cable. (not much room in the tail section of the V-Strom to move around in with one's hands).
The topcase is similar to the Givi topcase of similar dimensions. It's also, based on my experience with the JC Whitney topcase, much superior to the Whitney knockoff. For example, it comes with a built-in LED light which once you hook it up, lights up when you apply the brakes. Hopefully it'll catch some unwary cager's attention.
Note the LED Brake Light above the chrome piece with the BESTEM logo
You can, supposedly, put two helmets inside but since I tend to ride solo when on two wheels, that's not a major issue. I just needed something to stash the work laptop securely within during my commutes to and from work. Strapping the laptop bad down on the pillion seat had become a bit of a chore and was causing some rub marks on the paintwork.
The "universal" mounting plate worked pretty well with the V-Stroms's cargo rack, and no cursing was involved so you know it was not hard at all to do. Some drilling, some filing, swapping out the bike's rear mounting bolts with the ones provided by BESTEM and it was all secure.
You can unlock and pop off the topcase in less than 30 seconds if needed, and you do have to remove the case when you want to remove the motorcycle's seat.
I hope to get in a good long ride tomorrow, so more scenic pictures hopefully to follow the below pictures.
Vikki with her new topcase