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post #1 of 26 Old 05-22-2008, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I've been reading all of the posts under the luggage thread. Does anyone have the site for the pelican cases. Everyone talks of them being on the cheaper side, however, it seems Caribou luggage comes up under my search. Caribou does not appear to be cheap.

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I've been reading all of the posts under the luggage thread. Does anyone have the site for the pelican cases. Everyone talks of them being on the cheaper side, however, it seems Caribou luggage comes up under my search. Caribou does not appear to be cheap.

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Okay... Go check out a set of Jesse's then the caribou and you will see that comparitively the Caribou system is inexpensive. ( I have a set... Not cheap. They take a hell of a beating)

Now if you are going to make the setup yourself then you can save some bucks by fabricating everything yourself. You might even consider alternative cases such as Storms.

http://www.stormcase.com/StormProducts.htm

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I bought my Pelican 1440 top load cases for $107 each from Case Club- here's the link right to the 1440. Scroll down a bit to see the very popular side opening (when mounted as saddlebags) 1550-
http://www.caseclub.com/pelican.htm#1440

I bought my SW Motech racks from California Sport Touring. Well, they had them drop shipped via Twisted Throttle, the USA importer from Germany...
http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...ki_DL650/13025

It took some design and fab work on my part, but the results, for me, were very much worth it. I'd guess my total cost when complete was somewhere around $550, not counting my labor of construction.

Follow my saga to Pelican greatness by starting here, other links within will take you back through my process.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=21429

That said, if you passing up my way near Minneapolis, I've got a 6 month old set of Hepco Becker racks and a gently used set of 30 liter Hepco Becker cases I'll sell to you for less than the cost of my Pelican system. Heck, you're only 2 states south of me, ride up and we'll install them (racks are for the DL650). Here are a couple photos of the HB side cases:


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Caribou does not appear to be cheap.
It's all relative.

When I was looking for luggage, my first criteria was functionality. I wanted cases which could take a beating, since I knew I'd probably beat on them.

Next I worried about looks. As much as I already dislike the looks of the V-Strom, I didn't want to make it worse by tacking on some cases which I don't particularly care for. Fortunately, most cases pass this test.

After those two criteria, I had several cases in mind. I really liked the look and especially the durability of Pelican cases used by Caribou. Then I saw how much they cost. Yow!

That is until I started pricing other cases.

In my opinion, the Caribou system is the best bang-for-the-buck bolt-on system you can buy. If you have the skill and tools, a homebuilt luggage system will be cheaper and possibly more durable, but for someone who wants to write a check and put them on in a couple hours, I don't think Caribou can be beat.

Aside from some cheap knock-offs and questionable manufacturers, Caribou is the cheapest I've seen. Almost all other reputable hard cases cost more: Givi, H&B, HT, etc.

I'm not knocking other good cases. Trust me. But I've had other experience with Pelican cases outside motorcycling. They are about as indestructible as you can imagine. I've dropped and dragged my cases on mud, concrete, gravel, sand, and taken a direct (albeit somewhat slow) direct hit from a small truck. The cases and racks have faired admirably. That is, they've never left me stranded. And when I've needed some replacement pieces, Roger has responded almost instantly and had me taken care of in short time at moderate cost.

Initial cost is not a drop in the bucket to be sure, but they will last as long as you need them and hold their value along the way.

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That is, they've never left me stranded. And when I've needed some replacement pieces, Roger has responded almost instantly and had me taken care of in short time at moderate cost.

Initial cost is not a drop in the bucket to be sure, but they will last as long as you need them and hold their value along the way.

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Above and other people's statements on these cases has sealed it for me. I'm going to start saving my pennies to add these next season. My wife is going to shoot me

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I love the Caribou setup.


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I don't even have my Wee yet and I'm mulling 1440's vs Storm cases.
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It's all relative.

Next I worried about looks. As much as I already dislike the looks of the V-Strom, I didn't want to make it worse by tacking on some cases which I don't particularly care for. Fortunately, most cases pass this test.
Last night I saw a fellow on a black VStrom and he was sporting bright red Givi 3-piece luggage. Looked great! Saw him (you) near downtown Minneapolis around 7-7:30pm Thursday.

Who was that?

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Guys I appreciate the comments. Is there some sort of thread on how to mount the cases. They kind of look like some Secret Service bomb or gun cases. I'm assuming if the SW racks are the ones most use, its just a matter of drilling the backs of the cases or am I wrong. Sorry so stupid, my last GS had the easy on and off system cases. Is there any idea other than measurements about how many liters the 1550's are?

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Guys I appreciate the comments. Is there some sort of thread on how to mount the cases. They kind of look like some Secret Service bomb or gun cases. I'm assuming if the SW racks are the ones most use, its just a matter of drilling the backs of the cases or am I wrong. Sorry so stupid, my last GS had the easy on and off system cases.
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Did you read my review on my pelican 1550's and the install ease ?


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The Cases measure 35 liters each.

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