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I'm for either adding a top box or tail pack, and swapping out shoes once you get to work.....or just keep wearing sneakers. Only time I ride in anything other than sneakers is at the racetrack. Rode in to work today in these bad boys....LOL

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Thumbs up for the top box. I park, change from boots to shoes, change out my jacket, load it all in the top box and go to work. I don't like the look of the top box, so I take it off for joy rides. But there is no substitute for the storage it provides for the commute. It hauls my laptop and lunch to the office, then stores my gear while I work. I went with the Hepco and Becker 55 Ltr box on the universal mounting plate attached to the Honda OEM rear rack.
 

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Thumbs up for the top box. I park, change from boots to shoes, change out my jacket, load it all in the top box and go to work. I don't like the look of the top box, so I take it off for joy rides. But there is no substitute for the storage it provides for the commute. It hauls my laptop and lunch to the office, then stores my gear while I work. I went with the Hepco and Becker 55 Ltr box on the universal mounting plate attached to the Honda OEM rear rack.
When I bought my newest NC it came with the full oem luggage kit. I didn't like the looks of the top box but it is so damn handy, I took the side cases off and run with the top box on most of the time. Awesome having a place to lock my helmet up too, as it won't fit in frunk. After getting used to it, I don't think it looks too bad at all anymore.

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Ditto

Or just drive your car?

There are lots of options but each involves some compromise. Up to, and including, leaving the bike at home. So pick the poison you are willing to swallow. Go without protection. Wear minimal protection that still offers enough comfort. Wear protection and lock it to the bike in a top box or panniers.

Just me but I now leave my side panniers and top box on the bike 100% of the time. If I ride in hot weather the side boxes are big enough to stow an armored jacket, pants, etc., helmet in the top box (won’t fit in the Frunk).

Make the choice.
I've been holding off on installing boxes and the like because of the cost. A large reason I bought the bike was to stop driving my car 60-70 miles a day. I guess I'll just stick with my sneakers while I'm saving up for storage and get something for non-commuting rides.
 

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I've been holding off on installing boxes and the like because of the cost. A large reason I bought the bike was to stop driving my car 60-70 miles a day. I guess I'll just stick with my sneakers while I'm saving up for storage and get something for non-commuting rides.
Consider used. There are lots of good deals on use moto equipment that is so lightly used its hard to tell it was ever used.
 
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I'm for either adding a top box or tail pack, and swapping out shoes once you get to work.....or just keep wearing sneakers. Only time I ride in anything other than sneakers is at the racetrack. Rode in to work today in these bad boys....LOL

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It is nice to know I'm not the only one riding in sneakers. I wear size 13s and have a weird foot shape so I run into a lot of trouble trying to find normal shoes.
 

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Are there good sites to look for used ones on? Is the instillation easy enough that I could do it myself?
There are numerous motorcycle forums, Adventure Rider is a good general moto news forum, not much info about the NC700/750, but they do have a classified ad area on their forums and I've been able to find some lightly used/once used items at big/good discounts.

With things like top boxes and hard side cases you pretty much need to buy a BIKE SPECIFIC rack to hold the luggage cases and/or top box. If you find that you are drawn to one specific brand of top box or side case then its often easiest to buy a brand new BIKE SPECIFIC rack for your bike and then pick up the boxes at a discount. If you only want a top box then you don't need the whole rack, you only need a small top box rack. The boxes are almost always universal to any brand bike, but the racks to hold them are not.
 

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I've been holding off on installing boxes and the like because of the cost. A large reason I bought the bike was to stop driving my car 60-70 miles a day. I guess I'll just stick with my sneakers while I'm saving up for storage and get something for non-commuting rides.
Can you adjust your shifter up to help with your Tmberlands? I have a set of 8” Carolinas I ride in occasionally and it is a different feel but I think that would be better than sneakers.
 

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Can you adjust your shifter up to help with your Tmberlands? I have a set of 8” Carolinas I ride in occasionally and it is a different feel but I think that would be better than sneakers.
I ride in a pair of Timberlands sometimes. I have my shifter adjusted all they way up (adjusting the linkage and not the position on the spline) and that did the trick for the most part. I have some better boots on backorder should be here next month, until then I'll keep using the hiking boots as they are better than Nikes.
 

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I ride in a pair of Timberlands sometimes. I have my shifter adjusted all they way up (adjusting the linkage and not the position on the spline) and that did the trick for the most part. I have some better boots on backorder should be here next month, until then I'll keep using the hiking boots as they are better than Nikes.
 

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So, I finally solved this issue. I got TCX Street 3s and put insoles and elastic laces in them. 16hrs of ICU, 12hrs of ED and 500 miles leave me with few complaints about these shoes/boots.IMG_20210412_215505.jpg
 

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So, I finally solved this issue. I got TCX Street 3s and put insoles and elastic laces in them. 16hrs of ICU, 12hrs of ED and 500 miles leave me with few complaints about these shoes/boots.

New insoles solve a lot of problems!

My wife has a pair of TCX shoes similar to those, only her's are pink. She says they are very comfortable. Her biggest/only complaint is that the bottoms are somewhat slippery on gravel.
 

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I have worn a form of cowboy boots or combat boots since I was 18 years old....I currently have Men's Ariat® 10" Sierra H2O Waterproof Cowboy Boots and a pair of Army combat boots I use for motorcycle riding...both allow for walking (I dont work in them, when I commute to work, I either have a pair of soft sole shoes at work or carry a pair); both have oil resistant and slip resistant outsoles, full grain leather uppers (kinda thick too), the ariat's are also waterproof. I had a pair of the Ariat's on the morning I was t-boned by a deer at 35mph and slid on pavement for 40 yards....A little shoe polish on the left toe and right upper and neither looked like they had road rash...my opinion-if I go down hard enough or get hit hard enough that my boots are going to matter, other parts of me are going to be broken in much worse condition....
 

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New insoles solve a lot of problems!

My wife has a pair of TCX shoes similar to those, only her's are pink. She says they are very comfortable. Her biggest/only complaint is that the bottoms are somewhat slippery on gravel.
I would agree with that. If I endeavor to do more ADV stuff I will definitely not use these.
 
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