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K-Max topcase: mini review

 
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C2
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:15 am    Post subject: K-Max topcase: mini review Reply with quote

Hey all,

I just replaced my stock Genuine top case with a new K-max topcase I got from Scooterworks. So I thought I would throw out a few things I noticed about it and its instillation.

Installation:
It comes with all the hardware you need, but you will need to already have a rear rack on your scooter. Since this was a replacement of my old topcase... I was all set.

I removed the old case, and the plate that came with it. about 10 min worth of work. Once it was all off, I need to mount the new plate.

Setup:
The K-max plate is a "universal" fit; it has plenty of mounting holes to line up to just about any configuration. I did a dry fit with the plate attached to the case, so I could see... more or less.. where I would have to mount the plate. Once I had that worked out, it was time to mount the plate to the rack.

Attaching the plate:
This is where I ran into an issue. The screws are meant to go thru the plate, thru the mounting clips and then in to the washer and screw. However, I found that the screws were too short to do this (closest to the back of the scooter), and get a good grip on the existing rack. If there were about 1/4" longer they would be perfect.

So I ended up re-using a set of long screws from my previous topcase for the set near the back, the K-max screws for the end, and re-purposed one last set of long screws and bracket for the middle for added strength.

Verdict:
You may need to seek longer screws to do the installation on your scooter; I just don't thing you can do it with the supplied screws. The case is pretty solid and held my big-giant helmet easily. It should hold my computer bag and lunch cooler with ease. Not bad for $120. YMMV.

Pix:

The old case:




The plate attached


Underside of the plate


The new case



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being a SHAD fan I have to admit that the K's are very nice looking, and the correct color match is a plus. I take it the trunk opens with a key only? You gonna add the back rest or the LED lights? Does it flex any when flying over rail road tracks? Any rattles? Update us after putting some miles on it please.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was very impressed with the quality. The LED kit will be a fun touch, too.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dasscooter wrote:
I was very impressed with the quality. The LED kit will be a fun touch, too.


That's my next purchase.. as soon as they are back in stock. The new case sticks out farther than the old one, so the extra visibility form the LEDs will help. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your scooter looks great! Thanks for the review. I've bought a white K-Max 30L case for my new-to-me Blur SS220i. I will be getting it installed hopefully this weekend when I have my break-in service done on the Blur (I bought it with less than 30 miles on her). I've already installed the rear rack and the Genuine branded windshield. I'm looking forward to having the case on there! I'll be able to do errands for real on the scoot (and not have to borrow my wife's 2008 Vespa GTS250ie).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it close easy and secure? My Soft case is a pain in the ass. It always takes multiple tries to get it to latch.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigDaddy SnakeOiler wrote:
Does it close easy and secure? My Soft case is a pain in the ass. It always takes multiple tries to get it to latch.


I have the same problem with my Soft case, too. I'm about ready to ditch it, honestly, and I'm just waiting to hear more about the K-Max case before I take the plunge and buy it.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had no trouble getting my K-Max top case to close or open. It's a nice piece of equipment, aside from the thin layer of padding on the bottom which moves around more than I'd like inside the case. A bit of glue or plasti-tack will probably fix that. I really like the case overall, and I can definitely recommend it. The white case matches my white Blur perfectly (ignore my avatar photo - working on fixing that).

I was also told by the local Genuine dealer that K-Max is the new "official" supplier for top cases. I can see why!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I'm three months in, and all is well. The case works really well, holds my laptop (in its bag) and my lunch for those days I scoot to work. Easy to close and feels nice and solid.

The only issue I've had is it just fits my helmet (Shoei RF-1000), if there is nothing else in there. This is a minor thing to me as I usually put my helmet in the pet carrier anyway.

I'm hoping that the LED kit will be available soon - it's been 3 months and nothing from Scooterworks about it Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:36 am    Post subject: Looking for a K-Max top case in Brit Racing Green Reply with quote

I am looking for a top case to match my 2016 Buddy 170i in British Racing Green. as I'm looking to replace a cheap top case which has a lid that vibrates loudly when bike is running. Please send me any leads on this to howard.page@comcast.net. I can't find one anywhere! Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Topcase seems nice enough but plate mounting seems crummy Reply with quote

I just installed this topcase on my friend's new Seafoam Buddy 125. I also noticed that the screws are too short and they're actually phillips screws, not bolts. Because I only had the screws that came with it, I had to install the clamps onto the thinner bars of the rack: not ideal. The screw heads are very soft and actually burrow into the plastic of the rack when you tighten them down. I am not a fan of this installation, to be honest. I would like to replace the crummy screws with a bolt, and I don't understand why there isn't a washer under the screw head between the screw head and the top of the plastic plate, to keep the screw from burrowing into the soft plastic. I also found it very difficult to get the front of the box to latch into the plate.
I like how the OP mounted the rack using an additional long brace underneath because even clamped down as tightly as a dared (screws disappearing into the plastic kept me from tightening even more) I still had some slight movement from the rack. All in all this took me way longer than it should have and I'm not convinced that it's as securely mounted as it could be. Disappointed.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Kmax top case Reply with quote

Sorry I was mistaken on the color name. The case I'm looking for is OXFORD GREEN to match my Buddy 170i which is OXFORD GREEN with the White racing stripe on the front. NOT British Racing Green. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had mine for couple months and i also got the lights kit installed. Just this g as i was driving to work, i got a bump and i heard an odd noise. I looked behind me when i stopped at the light and my kmax case was hanging down. I pulled off and looked at it and noticed that it was barely hanging on with one bracket and the others were missing and shows signs of having been broken off. So basically, the bracket is poorly made plastic and can't take much. I'm very disappointed as my original case later for sooo long and this one only lasted a couple months.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one thing,
I'd of put some rubber between that bottom bracket and the chrome rack to keep it from getting scratched up.

otherwise Clap

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:59 am    Post subject: Re: Kmax top case Reply with quote

hpage3 wrote:
Sorry I was mistaken on the color name. The case I'm looking for is OXFORD GREEN to match my Buddy 170i which is OXFORD GREEN with the White racing stripe on the front. NOT British Racing Green. Thanks.


If you find one, let me know. My dealer told me this is their most popular color (along with Pamplona), so why it seems to be hard to find a matching case is BEYOND me. Sigh.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your review, C2 (I know it was 2 years ago, but I just found it.)

Still on the fence about the K-Max 30L topcase, because of the issues mentioned by Purzell and Legull.
Sent a message to Scooterworks asking them if they have acknowledged and addressed those issues. We'll see.

I wish the original Genuine top case was still available... May I ask why you replaced it?

Also... I like your seat! If you don't mind my asking, what's the brand/model and where did you buy it?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

w6euh wrote:
I wish the original Genuine top case was still available... May I ask why you replaced it?

Also... I like your seat! If you don't mind my asking, what's the brand/model and where did you buy it?

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Hey there.... just now saw this, not really active here anymore.

I replaced the original Buddy top case because it has busted, and was not really fixable.

The seat is a customized seat I bought from another MB member. I'm a big guy (6' 2") and the original "2-up" seat was just not working for me.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks C2!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:58 am    Post subject: Buddy Kick KMAX Reply with quote

Love the container but the mounting is horrible. I went to work this morning and within a few minutes I heard some noise. I stopped quickly and just like the other post, the brackets came loose and I lost one. Luckily I was not on the main road doing 40 or I would have killed someone. It was a bad enough that I had a mini heart attack when I saw it.
Called scooter works and they said it was the way I mounted it and I didn’t go tight enough. Right!!! Any tighter and it’s adios plastic bracket. They are send me new brackets and I will put as many as will fit and and a few zip ties to seal the deal. I may have to put another bracket on their for peace of mind.
Conclusion: Nice box, crappy crappy mounting design.
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