"go for the Harley trunk. There's just no other way to do it! You can get replicas for cheap, bolt them right to a Wompus rack. Boom. It looks great, it's way bigger than the other trunks,"
Romans, so are you saying buy a genuine HD trunk or a replica? If that's the actual HD trunk, can I ask what you paid for it? If it's a replica, where did you get it?
Well you get out what you put in! I ride with a lot of guys with Ultra Classics; which is what the tour pak comes from. From H-D it's called the "King TourPak" and at last glance it was around $700. Maybe more, maybe less.
The one I have is one that's occasionally on eBay. It's $300. Mutazu also sells one (they even sell one complete with taillights built in!) for around $400 with shipping I believe. I bough it used from another forum member.
It's not the cheapest trunk, but it's really, really, the best.
As far as the difference between the replicas and the real deal? All accessories work with both. I can walk into a Harley dealer and buy any tour pak accessory and bolt it on or stick it in. But it it's thinner, less sturdy (it flexes a bit), also, the Harley is carpeted on the inside with a nice rubberized lid coating. Mine was just plain yellow plastic on the inside (I did coat it though myself).
That said, even though it's cheaper built- I won't -and don't-, hesitate to load it down, including things loaded on top.
I just think the H-D pak looks wayyyy better than the others, plus it's huge, plus the accessories are nice!
The one I have;
$464 shipped. (Price has gone up, so Mutazu is the best deal as it has the tail lights.
Has no backrest installed; $285. Has a 'minor paint issue', whatever that means.
Also; scour eBay and H-D forums for used tour paks. Just get rid of the mounting hardware, buy a wompus rack, and drill holes to match the factory H-D mounts. Couldn't be easier.
Spendy, I know- but well worth it. I just can't say enough about how great of an addition this is. It just looks sooo much better than the others, and I've never found a trunk as big as this! Looks great with those Mutazu bags.
, and one note- those Mutazu bags are NOT waterproof. Water drips in when it rains and everything gets soaked. Consider maybe the RS bags or one of the other Mutazu options that ARE waterproof (they say they are waterproof in the description; but the HL's are NOT)
Although I am trying to figure out a way to waterproof these as I like the look alot.