Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Braintree, Massachusetts
First, I got the Krauser K5 for a topbox and then replaced it with a Givi 52 liter. The reason was for the extra 5 liters of storage. The only downside is that the Krauser is more solidly built than the Givi. Givi trim is poorly attached.
I also had Krauser Skyline side cases and swapped them out for Pelican cases. I kept the Krauser K-wing side racks and moved the mounting hardware over to the Pelican cases. To lock the Pelicans to the Krauser rack, I've got 12mm bolts through the Pelican and into the bottom holes of th K-wings. I was going to tap the metal racks, but ended up just tapping the plastic of the Pelicans. It does the job and prevents you from lifting the cases off the racks without taking the bolts out.
Strength-wise, the picture of the Toyota parked on top of the Pelican on the caribou cases website is a highly effective demonstration.
Both Givi and Krauser are too wide for side cases for my purposes. The Jesse boxes would be great with a 36" width, but they're only catering to BMW this year. The Pelicans on my K-wing racks make the bike about 40" wde.