Shad SH58X topbox review: ' Travel light or fully loaded'

Published: 18 August 2017

MCN Freelancer tested the Shad SH58X topbox for five months and has now reviewed it. Giving it 5/5 stars for quality and 3/5 stars for value here's how Bruce Dunn got on...

What's good?

Bruce says: "We've finally tested this all-new Shad topbox has an ingenious design that allows it to expand in three stages, to give it a capacity of 46, 52 and 58 litres. Simply unclick a pair of latches inside the box and pull the uppermost concertina layer upwards to expand, or push downward to reduce. It’s really simple and allows you to travel light or fully loaded without the need to invest in a range of different-sized luggage.

"In its fully expanded form, this space easily stores two full face helmets, gloves, and light jackets, which makes it ideal when you are at an event and don’t want to carry your kit around. In its smallest setting the box is unobtrusive enough not to warrant removing it when empty. The box itself looks good, is extremely well made and features a reflective panel and a two-year warranty. Even when fully expanded, the bike still feels agile with no ill effects from the fairly high weight."

What's not?

"The box and £103 fitting kit is easy to fit, although I did need to remove the original pillion grab handles on our Honda VFR800 in order to fit it," added Bruce. 

More on the Shad topbox

The SH58X topbox comes with three levels of expandability – 46 litres, 52 litres and 58 litres – obtained by pushing an internal lever, so there's plenty of room for all your weekend essentials.

As standard the box comes with a carbon fibre effect top cover, but this can be swapped for white, black, or new titanium. Other accessories available for the SH58X include an expandable inner bag, back rest and brake light.

A universal fitting kit is included and there’s a two-year guarantee.

More info: www.shad.co.uk