Shad Cases Review [SH47 Top Case + SH36 Side Cases: Project BMW]

Shad is a Barcelona-based manufacturer of cases, bags, saddles and telephone mounting kits for motorcycles. They also have facilities in Shanghai and Jakarta. You may know that Shad also builds OEM cases for many major motorcycle manufacturers. Given all this experience and the trust of major OEMs, Shad is sure to make good products. I reviewed the SH58 top case and SH36 side cases two years ago on a Yamaha MT-10, and found that “the Shad line of luggage is easy to set up, well built and easy to live with. “.Now I am testing the Shad SH47 top case and the SH36 side cases on the Ultimate Motorcycling BMW R 1250 RS project bike to see how they look and perform compared to BMW accessory top and side cases made by Shad. I will also analyze why cyclists might choose one over the other. What goes into the decision to buy established OEM accessory cases over Shad’s offerings? Both are attractive in their own way. BMW has side and top racks that blend better with the bike when the bags have been removed. Shad offers mounting kits for the BMW, as well as many other makes and models, and they seem less integrated than the OEM mounts. Shad cases can be moved from bike to bike, as long as their 3P mounting system is available for each model. BMW boxes can only be moved to a few select models of their bikes. Appreciating the appearance of one over the other is subjective. Objectively, the Shad system for the Ultimate motorcycling The BMW R 1250 RS project bike has more capacity and costs less than half the price of the BMW kit.Price Breakdown Shad

  • Shad SH36 side cases: $528 each
  • Shad SH47 top case: $261
  • Shad 3P side case mounting system: $157
  • Shad top case rack: $67
  • Shad top case backrest: $33
  • Shad top case inner bag: $66
  • Inner bags for Shad side cases: $56Shad: $1,168 MSRP

BMW accessory

  • BMW touring side cases: $1,212/pair
  • BMW 30-litre top box: $703
  • BMW top case liner: $107
  • BMW top case backrest: $104
  • BMW Touring Suitcase Liner Set: $244Presumed top and side case brackets presentTotal BMW: $2,370 MSRP

The BMW-branded side cases total a capacity of 62 liters with 30 liters on top. The Shad SH36 side cases total 72 liters and the SH47 top case is 47 liters – the model numbers are not arbitrary. BMW’s cargo total is 92 liters, compared to Shad’s 119 liters. This difference of 27 liters (and 29%) is almost equal to one of BMW’s side cases. Additionally, Shad offers a wider range of sizes and styles.Shad cases review: the SH47 top caseI like being able to close the Shad cases for rolling without having to lock them. This allows me to easily access cargo at stops without fishing for my key. Shad mounts are a 10 minute install. All three holsters easily snap on and off the mounts. All three Shad cases easily lock together with a satisfying click. Closing mechanisms are strong, secure and easy to engage.Shad Case Review: Mounting SystemOpening and closing at stops during rides is simple, and Shad cases are much easier to use than brands that require users to rotate a locking plate to connect to the opposite side and then snap it into place. . These simply close on closing. There may be fitment issues with aftermarket exhausts. The Shad SH36 side cases fit both the OEM muffler and the Remus Black Hawk slip-on muffler that I recently reviewed. There is approximately two inches of clearance between the top of the muffler and the bottom of the housing.Shad cases review: PriceAs with the BMW accessory cases, the SH36s have an integrated shelf in the bottom on each side. These shelves prevent contents from spilling into the lids when opening. I use the Shad liner bags to further eliminate spills. I can secure the bags in the cases, leaving the zippers partially open so I can access the necessary contents without making a mess. SH36 cases come with an additional locking cylinder for installation on the top case to match the three cases with one. key. The SH47 uses a smaller cylinder than the SH36. However, Shad provided me with new cylinders for the SH36s, so all was well. Having two keys wouldn’t have been too bad – the BMW’s keyless start and all attached keys are still in my pocket.The Shad SH47 top case is just the right size for everyday riding – I leave the side cases at home and race with the SH47 only. It’s not too big or too small, with room for my little tool kit, flat repair kit, water, a change of glove and room for all the day’s acquisitions. . Even when the SH47 is loaded, I find the weight disappears and never influences the performance or handling of the bike. In fact, even with all the cases fitted and packed, there is no difference. So my reasons for choosing Shad over BMW’s accessory cases were cost, design, color and capacity – Shad offers top cases up to 59 litres. Shad requires an additional key, while BMW cases are linked to the original bike key. This was not enough to influence my decision.Shad Case Review: MSRPThen there are buyers who will only consider accessories from the motorcycle manufacturer, perhaps due to brand loyalty, a desire for genuine parts, or a good seller at the dealership. I totally understand why some buyers might prefer BMW cases just because they are BMW.Shad Cases Review: BMW R 1250 RS Project BikeHowever, the BMW cases are not very attractive to me, especially the silver covers, which I would like to paint immediately. Others may disagree that Shad cases have a sportier look. In their standard black, I think the Shad cases look great with any color bike. I did two long tours with the Shad SH47 top case and SH36 side cases on the Ultimate motorcycling BMW R 1250 RS Project Bike, and couldn’t be happier. The choice is yours. You know what I chose.

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