I had the need to get my top box and mounting plate back home after replacing the Givi panniers with a Happy Trails rack and boxes.
Not the right bits and pieces to do the job "on location", so out with the cable ties
The whole lot made it home safely.
I have since transferred the mount to my KLE500 [which now does most of my rough dirt riding], the whole plate is now secured with about nine decent cable ties.
It has sat secure for the last 9,000 km
without showing the slightest sign of coming adrift, the top box normally has a minimum of 3 kg of "bits and pieces", and regularly has another 10-15 kg of gear in it for work days.
If a cable tie breaks it will be a simple job to re-secure the mounting plate on the side of the road without anything more than a knife or side cutters to trim the tail of the tie after tightening it [which is not really a priority at that point anyway].
The Wee now has a mounting plate installed as well, so the box swap takes mere seconds.
It is actually bolted on though, but only because there were already two holes in the rack that lined up with the existing holes in the mounting plate.
When on a road trip with either bike I ALWAYS put two cam lock straps around the whole box and rack just to make sure the box doesn't go AWOL and end up out in the weeds where I can't find it.
I have also developed the habit of putting straps around the panniers on trips as well, having seen several riders with a pannier hanging half off the bike [mainly Beemers
], and there have been posts on many forums about riders who have lost a pannier on a ride.