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post #1 of 35 Old 01-05-2017, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Tool storage for the wee "void" space

Hey all,

Looking for ideas for tool/misc storage in the usual void on the older 650's. I have seen the plastic tube, and the aluminum box you can buy, but, I want to see what others have done. Who has made or bought a different storage method??

My apologies if this topic has been covered. Please feel free to direct me to another post if there is one. All I could find was the usual tube storage thingy... which is great but I want to see different ideas too... cheers
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post #2 of 35 Old 01-05-2017, 11:32 AM
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Put TOOL TUBE is the little google box on the top right of the page for lots of info.
Many commercial units available, many home made too.
Heavy ABS sewer pipe things or lightweight drainage tubes.
Mine is made from the 4" lightweight drainage tubing. Inexpensive too. The hasp and lock were the pricey parts.
You can easily get an 18" tube on the left side of the 650.
I hung the tube from the bottom of the saddle bag on my G650GS Beemer.
You probably have room for 2 tubes in the vacant area on that rack.
I used long stainless hose clamps to go around the tube and the frame.
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Because I have so much room< and I'm not mounting a top box, I was looking for something other that a tool tube that is larger. I might use it more that just tools.
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This has served well for over 60,000km (Divide by 1.6 for miles (

I had to upgrade the aluminium (Aluminum for Americans) straps to 3mm thickness after the first 40,000km. Tube is 100mm sewer pipe with one cap glued on the bottom end, and the top one secured by a home made flat aluminium 'pin' through matching holes in the tube and another cap, secured with a small padlock if desired.

The Aluminium Straps are secured by the lower mounting studs on the Givi rack.

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check this out. it is way more expensive than a tube but that might not matter to you or it could spark a new idea. there are other versions mainly marketed towards the BMW GS owners (also very expensive) but could work on other panniers and bikes.

https://www.advmotorrad.com/index.ph...product_id=383
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[/SIGPIC]It seemed like a good idea at the time.
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Agri Supply tractor manual holder are $4.99 and have mounting tabs and a gasket seal. Weld rod holders also make decent tool tubes. HF sell them for about $5.00 per. Here is my version of a lockable weld rod/tool tube on one of my DR650's.
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I've seen the BMW special tool boxes. Now the Strom dude. Nice but what a hefty price!
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check this out. it is way more expensive than a tube but that might not matter to you or it could spark a new idea. there are other versions mainly marketed towards the BMW GS owners (also very expensive) but could work on other panniers and bikes.

https://www.advmotorrad.com/index.ph...product_id=383
Those are nice! But my luggage sits out a bit farther. I'd like to use most of the space if possible.

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Has anyone used that space without panniers and racks? How would you attach the tube or whatever?
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