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post #1 of 39 Old 08-07-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Case questions

I've been doing a little looking into potential sidecase options for my soon-to-be-Wee and I'm needing some clarification.....
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I just put the Jesse Odyssey II on my Wee. They are great. They look good, and very functional.
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I am not braining too good today.

Anyway, what I was gonna ask (before wandering off to do some of my own research was this....

It seems there are two main schools of thought in the side case department;

1) Cases permanently mounted to removable racks (SW-Motech's EVO rack springs to mind), or
2) Racks mounted permanently with removable cases (Caribou)

Are there any strengths/weaknesses to either system?

On my KLR I bought some Pelican 1520s and 20mm ammo cans and mounted them (not at the same time) to a Happy Trail SU rack. I REALLY like the idea of using Pelican 1550s (or something similar) on the EVO rack, but frankly, I'd prefer to buy something made with more professionalism than my freshman efforts. LOL Caribou offers Pelicans already set up for the EVO, but the cases themselves are quick release...which sounds kinda weird for a quick release rack.
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I am not braining too good today.

Anyway, what I was gonna ask (before wandering off to do some of my own research was this....

It seems there are two main schools of thought in the side case department;

1) Cases permanently mounted to removable racks (SW-Motech's EVO rack springs to mind), or
2) Racks mounted permanently with removable cases (Caribou)

Are there any strengths/weaknesses to either system?

On my KLR I bought some Pelican 1520s and 20mm ammo cans and mounted them (not at the same time) to a Happy Trail SU rack. I REALLY like the idea of using Pelican 1550s (or something similar) on the EVO rack, but frankly, I'd prefer to buy something made with more professionalism than my freshman efforts. LOL Caribou offers Pelicans already set up for the EVO, but the cases themselves are quick release...which sounds kinda weird for a quick release rack.
I see the appeal of using quick release cases on a quick release rack. Imagine trying to load up a case inside your house with this big funky rack hanging off of it. It wouldn't be terribly convenient to throw on your bed to pile in some clothing. Then you get the thing all packed up and go out to the bike and remount the rack. The would be rather difficult trying to hold a heavy object still while you line up all the mounting points.

I like the idea of a quick release case on a permanently mounted rack. When the cases are off, the rack provides some protection for the rear of the bike in the event of a tip-over.

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I have Top loading quick release locking cases, with Motech quick release lockable racks.
I only have the cases on when I need the storage (not cummuting).

Although I can have the racks off in 15 seconds, I have yet to remove them from the bike.

IMO, having cases that you can take off the bike like hotel luggage is the way to go.


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I was originally going to go aluminum, the rounded Givis and the like just aren't my style

after a bit of research though, I decided to go for the less espensive and more rugged Caribou System, sure I coulda scabbed some Pelicans on cheaper, the price for the convenience of the Caribou System is worth it



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My goals:
1) don't break the bank
2) keep it narrow/nimble
3) easy on-off

So I went w/ some Pelican 1520s I found on sale (not as wide as the 1550s) mounted to Givi racks just using hockey pucks (cut in half and "scooped" to latch onto the rack), a bolt, and some bigass washers to spread the load. Cheap and goes on and off quickly, and at 36.1" wide, its only a tick wider than my handlebars so I don't have to worry about too much junk in the truck, heh!


(and don't forget, the cases even w/ the seat makes for a GREAT platform to hold a bigass waterproof duffel bag for massive capacity)

From the front you can barely even see the cases sticking out:


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1) Cases permanently mounted to removable racks (SW-Motech's EVO rack springs to mind), or
2) Racks mounted permanently with removable cases (Caribou)
3) Cases with adapters mounted to removable racks.

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Here's a bit of a clarification;
From the wording of your question it seems as though you think its an either/or situation when removing racks with cases, or just cases.

With the SW Motech racks and Givi cases you can remove just the cases to go back and forth to the house or hotel room. When just commuting around for the day at home or doing maintenance, you can take the cases and racks off and run "clean" without all the hardware hanging off the bike.
Admittedly, as nice as they are, this may not be an option with Pelican cases which might only be able to be permanently mounted.

System with the Givi cases works great for me.

Good luck deciding.

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Deciding is usually the most traumatic part. LOL I like the idea of fixed racks/removable cases, but (if this makes sense) I'd like attractive racks. I really like the Caribous, but I haven't found a GOOD pic of a Wee/Vee with just the racks. The SU racks looked fine on the KLR, but I'm not sure the same will be true on the DL650.

I gotta say, that Odyssey II thing that inspmark linked too.....THAT looks fantastic, but it's not cheap! LOL
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