R1200GS: Small Storage Box Behind License Plate

I first saw the concept of behind the license plate storage on a picture someone posted on the R1200GS forum. That person used a Pelican case. I thought it a great idea, but there was no Pelican case close to the size I wanted. They were either too big or too deep. Then I found this:

The mailman brought a new farkle

The mailman brought a new farkle

The mailman brought a new farkle
It'll look something like this

It’ll look something like this

It’ll look something like this

It’s called the Grifter, a storage box made by Ingenuity Infusion Incorporated and available for about $20 in plastic from a variety of dealers. Or you can spend $250 for the chrome version! It comes with a lock. The big mounting decision was lock up, or lock down. I eventually went with lock up so papers wouldn’t go flying when I open the box.

On the bike, open

On the bike, open

On the bike, open
On the bike, closed

On the bike, closed

On the bike, closed

The instructions called for a 9/32 or 17/64 drill – 1/4 works just fine. The box is marked with drill points that matched the BMW plate mounting perfectly. I used all four mounting points on the GS. The Grifter came with hardware for only 2. No biggie, I used my existing mounting hardware to attach the box to the bike.

License plate mounted

License plate mounted

License plate mounted

The box came with 4 self taping screws to hold the license plate to the box. The plastic is somewhat soft, so I was careful to get them tight without hogging out the hole.

The box is not big enough for the user guide. It does hold things like my registration plus a few pairs of latex gloves. I used the foam insert to keep the stuff from rattling around. I’m not convinced that the cover closes enough to squeeze the O-ring that is supposed to keep it waterproof. I’ll watch, and if necessary put my registration into a zip-lock baggie.