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post #1 of 58 Old 10-11-2016, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Can't bring myself to spend so much money on luggage

I need storage space because I want to take a longer trip on my bike. I can survive with my larger top case but it really only holds my jacket and pants when I am off the bike. That leaves very little room for grocery trips and other things... So I think I need side cases but I just can't pull the trigger on the matching givi cases. That crap is expensive. I just need to suck it up and do it!

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I need storage space because I want to take a longer trip on my bike. I can survive with my larger top case but it really only holds my jacket and pants when I am off the bike. That leaves very little room for grocery trips and other things... So I think I need side cases but I just can't pull the trigger on the matching givi cases. That crap is expensive. I just need to suck it up and do it!

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If I had to do it over again I wouldn't. I only use a top box, my panniers are on the shelf. I can go out for 2 months with a dry bag and top box. And yes, that stuff is expensive to just sit on a shelf.
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I have a 25 liter dry bag as well. It does get in my way on daily commutes though. Getting off is a bit of an old man gymnastics performance.

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I can't imagine traveling without panniers, top box and the back seat and top of the panniers with stuff on them. But that's just me. I'd look for used panniers then.

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Or, you could use a set of these; I've had them on two different bikes now for a total of 44,000 miles. Still going strong.

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I made my own quick release mounting system, but there are also commercially available ones out there designed for Pelican cases that would also work. You'd probably have less invested in these cases than you would in buying a single Givi.

Nelson-Rigg makes a nice set of soft bags that you can just throw over the seat. I think the current model is CL-850.
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Can't bring myself to spend so much money on luggage

Check out what Big B did with his Bestem top case. It's in a thread somewhere or you can ask him. I know he spent next to nothing and I got to see it first hand and it's just as good as some of the big names. I'm pretty sure you can do the same with side cases.


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Or, you could use a set of these; I've had them on two different bikes now for a total of 44,000 miles. Still going strong.

Multicomp 22" Black Tactical Weatherproof Equipment Case | 22-24120 (2224120) | Multicomp

I made my own quick release mounting system, but there are also commercially available ones out there designed for Pelican cases that would also work. You'd probably have less invested in a whole system using these cases than you would in buying a single Givi.

Nelson-Rigg makes a nice set of soft bags that you can just throw over the seat. I think the current model is CL-850.
I like the Tactical cases, but fitting the racks would require me having some sort mechanical skill which I have very little of. I haven't seen anyone sell cheap racks but if someone knows where, please point me there.

My givi top case is great, but I would be willing to sell it off to come up with something cheaper. Here's the thing, for me, I guess I am snobbish, I want it to match.

I have considered soft saddle bags as a temporary option, but then I just keep thinking, just get what you want.
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Or, you could use a set of these; I've had them on two different bikes now for a total of 44,000 miles. Still going strong.

Multicomp 22" Black Tactical Weatherproof Equipment Case | 22-24120 (2224120) | Multicomp

I made my own quick release mounting system, but there are also commercially available ones out there designed for Pelican cases that would also work. You'd probably have less invested in a whole system using these cases than you would in buying a single Givi.

Nelson-Rigg makes a nice set of soft bags that you can just throw over the seat. I think the current model is CL-850.
That looks really good. Do you have a thread with more detail on the rack/mounts?

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Get what you want and be done with it, but in saying that......why not just get some Givi racks, then you have so many options as to what you can mount up? Top loaders will be the most expensive, but not everyone has top loaders.
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I don't know what you would consider a cheap rack; Happy Trail has racks on sale now for a V-Strom for $245.00. Any decent set of pannier racks are going to be in that same ballpark (and probably more). I'd be really leery of a rack that was substantially cheaper, because I'd be wondering just how well it was constructed. Having a rack break during a trip is a sure fire fun-killer. I've used HT racks on my last two bikes, and found them to be very robust. You can check eBay for used ones; a lot of guys who sell their ADV bikes sell off their accessories first (I did).

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They also make a puck system for attaching luggage to the racks. It's designed for aluminum panniers, but I'm sure it would work on any flat sided luggage. Caribou makes an attachment system specifically for Pelican cases, but it's in the $200.00 range.

HT makes what they call an SL rack, which is mainly designed as a standoff rack to keep soft luggage from getting tangled up in the rear wheel. They run about $200.00. It's not that hard to make a soft luggage standoff from a piece of strap steel from the hardware store, but if you don't have some mechanical skill, that won't be a good solution for you.

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You're going to be fighting an uphill battle looking for a luggage/rack system if you're trying to combine "cheap" with "no do it yourself fabrication skills". Even mine, with several homemade components, still probably cost me around $350.00 (the cases were a little cheaper back when I set mine up). Even if you just bolt the MCM cases directly to the racks without a quick release, you're still in at least the $350.00 range with current prices.

Some motorcycle accessories can be done cheaper, but very little involving a bike can be done "cheap". If you don't feel your mechanical skills are up to the task of fitting racks to a bike, you may be at a loss in trying to find a really cheap workaround solution for a luggage system.
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