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post #1 of 20 Old 04-10-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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How much do cases and racks weigh?

I am looking into side case options for my wee, and one thing I am having trouble finding information on is the weight of the various cases and rack systems. Specifically, I am interested in knowing the empty weight of Givi 21 and 36 liter cases, and the weight of the mounting racks, but info on other brands is welcome, too.

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If you can find a site that lists the shipping weight, you can interpolate from that.

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This is a good question.There is a post here, as I recall ,from a guy who made his own cases from pelican cases.And he mentioned the weight of the finished product and it was like 40lbs or more.Sorry I'm too lazy to look for it.It does make you wonder about all the weight you add even before you add the stuff you want to carry.A bike with side cases and racks,top box and mount,engine protection bars,skid plate,radiator protector,and fork brace.I'd be interested to know what the weight is before and after all the farkels.
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I'll answer my own question.The guy who made his own cases added 55lbs. Pelican 1440's, Mission Accomplished!!! (long, photos) - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
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Still having trouble finding weight for empty cases. Could someone weigh an empty 36L Givi for me?
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The difference in weight between unloaded E36s and E21s is so little it's useless information. It's the load carried that makes a difference. The E36s will carry a lot more weight of stuff than the E21s and people tend to use all the space available. I get a workout carrying two loaded E36s up the motel stairs. It seems motels like to put non-smoking rooms on the second floor because the smokers can't handle the climb. My E36s served me well for a good portion of the 77,000 miles on my bike and have been to all 48 contiguous states. Look at the amount of stuff you feel you need to carry and buy accordingly. Forget about the empty weight difference.

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The weight thing never ceases to amaze me. There people who shell out big bucks for bits and pieces made of unobtanium just to shave a few ounces off their scoot, when they could pass up a few burgers now and then to lighten the bike's load by pounds.

Some day I'm going to see a fat guy buying magnesium engine case bolts for his GSXR and I will have to stuff a glove in my mouth to keep from laughing out loud.

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Another example of side panniers.........Ammo Cans = about 20 lbs each (got mine "down" to 17 lbs each using aluminum sidepanel pieces, removing the side stiffeners, etc........I think I could remove another pound or so if I really tried) and are darn near indestructable. If I had it to do over again, I "might" go the Pelican or Seahorse route, except I don't like the side-opening clam-shell feature when they are mounted vertically.......things tend to spill out on the ground unless strapped in.

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The weight thing never ceases to amaze me. There people who shell out big bucks for bits and pieces made of unobtanium just to shave a few ounces off their scoot, when they could pass up a few burgers now and then to lighten the bike's load by pounds.

Some day I'm going to see a fat guy buying magnesium engine case bolts for his GSXR and I will have to stuff a glove in my mouth to keep from laughing out loud.
So true. I was looking at the exhausts on my Vee and thought about the weight I could could save going aftermarket. Then I had an epiphany. Lose 25lbs you big dummy!!!! So now I feel better, saved some weight on the bike and saved a few hun to boot

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The weight thing never ceases to amaze me. There people who shell out big bucks for bits and pieces made of unobtanium just to shave a few ounces off their scoot, when they could pass up a few burgers now and then to lighten the bike's load by pounds.//
Nothing compared to the 'weight weinies" in bicycling.

But yes, I'm on a plan to decrease my all-up weight by double digits and it doesn't cost a dime.

IIRC the Jesse bags are about 10 lbs each and the rack was 8 or so. The Givi bags were lighter - 4-5lbs I think? But the rack was heavier - 14 lbs.

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