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Walked in to my Honda Dealership today to see if an accessory list with prices was available in store. The shop was about to shut so I didn't have much time, but I scribbled down some prices on a business card. Some of these prices are rounded off, I didn't get all the cents cr##!

Top Box - $890 wtf??
Panniers - $1300 quick get the defibrillator
Crash Bars - $955 with no fog lights - Nek Minit!!!!
Heated Grips - $475 shazam!!
12 volt socket - $125 - Marvellous
Pillion Pegs - $175 - these are gold plated though to match the rims - not!!

I only jotted these prices down as these were the ones that interested me to begin with. Now my wish list has dramatically reduced.

What is most annoying is the the panniers and top boxes are only good for 10 kg each. That's a tonne of cash to effectively car your thongs, board shorts and towel. At that rate you couldn't even carry a full bottle of water. I'm seriously thinking of rigging up a bracket that will allow me to secure a bag where the pillion would sit. At least you'd carry 30 - 50 kgs comfortably there and it's not going to require a second job to pay off the farkles.

Awesome bike, I love the AT, but those prices are insane!!!!

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Wadeo

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.........insane does not even get close, but what is even worse is how Honda dosen't give a crap about their customers.......:mad::mad::mad:

I pick mine up on Saturday, and I can't even put my wallet in any sort of luggage. What sort of company releases their most important bike of the year and I could not order anything beforehand so that I could include it in the deal? How do they expect to sell anything if they won't even bring it in unless you order it first and pay for it??? I like to see stuff before I put down my hard earned........

.....I've just ordered the rear rack and top box from Hepco & Becker in QLD and they said that I should have it first week of March, pretty good service....and a freind of mine is bringing my crash bars from Holan in Germany with him when he visits in April........
 

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Your rear rack, is it the Honda one or is it made by Hepco & Becker? I like those Holan Bars too. Sounds like your on your way!! Enjoy the bike!!
 

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Your rear rack, is it the Honda one or is it made by Hepco & Becker? I like those Holan Bars too. Sounds like your on your way!! Enjoy the bike!!
.....no the rack is Hepco & Becker, can't get anything from Honda even if I wanted it!!!!This is the rack & Bag
 

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Price level in Europe, The Netherlands, at the same (low) level.
I am used to the 'frunk' of my NC700X, where I can put in my stuff, like wallet, food & drinks; 20 ltr storage space. I ordered therefore a topbox with my AT and there you go.
Topbox c/w key and mounting plate: EUR 420.
Small back cushion for the passenger: EUR 104 (did not buy).
Also a loose bag which fits in the topbox may be very handy, except the price: EUR 102...
12V socket c/w cable: EUR 130...(did not buy)

hi-ha-ho(nda), luckely the bike is a bargain...
 

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The Honda side bags/panniers appear a rip-off wherever you live but at least they don't need a rack - which keeps the overall costs down I guess. They are infinitely better than the top-box which appears to have been an afterthought at best.

In fairness to Honda a lot of bag companies I've looked at quote a limit of 10kg - but who sticks to it?!
 

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NL prices are significantly lower than in Finland:
Lower wind deflectors € 186
Upper wind deflectors € 155
Total € 341, € 20 lower than in Finland. Jump on the bike (AT), come to Holland and buy them here.
Very, very special plastic from Honda. Keep smiling.
 

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The load limit on a lot of cases is only 6-10kg. I think it's for legal reasons so that extra weight doesn't cause any balance issues with the bike and potentially law suits. >:)
I have had 2-3 times that in the top case without issue. Think about it, if you have a pillion that is way more weight than the top box and hardware - and that doesn't upset balance much.
Those accessories prices are high but the advantage is the integration and lack of monkeying around. For some that is worth the cost.

The Honda side bags/panniers appear a rip-off wherever you live but at least they don't need a rack - which keeps the overall costs down I guess. They are infinitely better than the top-box which appears to have been an afterthought at best.

In fairness to Honda a lot of bag companies I've looked at quote a limit of 10kg - but who sticks to it?!
 

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Thanks for posting the pics. There are so many different styles out there. I like the way you've gone, it looks great. Might go the same path myself.

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.....no the rack is Hepco & Becker, can't get anything from Honda even if I wanted it!!!!This is the rack & Bag
Hi Aus At,

Any chance you could post the part numbers for the rack and top case your going with. I noticed on the Hepco Becker webpage they have a few types of racks - some flip down etc. Also, could you post the cost of each item.

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For what its worth.. Back in 2005 when i bought my VFR800 i also (sight unseen) bought the Honda panniers to go with it and remember well the feeling when i saw the price (wtf!!) But I must say they have been worth every cent and even helped minimize damage to the bike in low speed off once. I think they were made by Givi under licence and have VFR logo's on them. Made entirely of abs plastic, and completely weather proof. They also had the 10kg limit and 140kph limit but my own 'further testing' on many occasions proved you could carry a carton of VB cans and 2 bottles of rum in each without any issues.
Hence, I've ordered my AT with the Honda panniers. Heres hoping they are just as handy.
 

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.....no the rack is Hepco & Becker, can't get anything from Honda even if I wanted it!!!!This is the rack & Bag
Thanks Aus AT

Just placed the same order. A little over $500 for top box and rack. Better than the $890 for the plastic lunch box Honda is offering. The Hepco Becker is at least metal, looks substantial and you can at least strap additional gear to the handles of the box if need be. :grin2:

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Hi Aus At,

Any chance you could post the part numbers for the rack and top case your going with. I noticed on the Hepco Becker webpage they have a few types of racks - some flip down etc. Also, could you post the cost of each item.

Cheers

Wadeo
Thanks Aus AT


Just placed the same order. A little over $500 for top box and rack. Better than the $890 for the plastic lunch box Honda is offering. The Hepco Becker is at least metal, looks substantial and you can at least strap additional gear to the handles of the box if need be. :grin2:

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Wadeo

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I had that Hepco top box on my Explorer, good strong box with double skin so you can carry water in it! or lager.:laugh:

If you have a X-large helmet, with peak I think you will struggle to make it fit, thats the only down sizes.


Oh by the way if you are tempted to have the GOBI panniers as well the bike will be as wide as a car!.
 

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Totally agree with the width comment in relation to panniers. I'm going to try to avoid them if I can. My thoughts are for touring - I'll place a soft luggage bag on the seat and strap securely to the rear top box. If I carry a small tent, it will go across the lid of the top box. The way I see it, that's much the same position as a pillion and aerodynamically panniers can be a brake. Further to that, I think the AT is too slim to have wide panniers. It suits a BMW GS 1200 because they are a tank already, however on the slim AT I just feel it will be over kill. Also, the two different width panniers from Honda while practical, to me look funny from behind because the right one has to accommodate the exhaust. That's just my ASD showing up though!

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Totally agree with the width comment in relation to panniers. I'm going to try to avoid them if I can. My thoughts are for touring - I'll place a soft luggage bag on the seat and strap securely to the rear top box. If I carry a small tent, it will go across the lid of the top box. The way I see it, that's much the same position as a pillion and aerodynamically panniers can be a brake. Further to that, I think the AT is too slim to have wide panniers. It suits a BMW GS 1200 because they are a tank already, however on the slim AT I just feel it will be over kill. Also, the two different width panniers from Honda while practical, to me look funny from behind because the right one has to accommodate the exhaust. That's just my ASD showing up though!




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Wadeo

Keep the shiny side up!

Right Wadeo..I have overcome my ocd and gone for the honda panniers, but totally agree.
 
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