If you can make it cheaper and more secure... then your ahead of the game. $371.00 is pretty reasonable for a motorcycle part when you add the history and reputiation this product has with the adventure crowd. It would be hard to come up with something more secure that wouldn't be over-engineered.
Thanks gang. I already have a topcase and I see what you mean with the Happy Trails rack. That is kind of what I was thinking about making on my own but was not sure how much abuse it would take if I made it. I have the soft bag idea but since I already have these ex military night vision google cases that are waterproof and tough as nails I was thinking of making something of my own.
I have thought about this too. You can buy the standard Givi mounts that fit their cases so making frames for Givi cases does not seem that hard. But like you I was thinking of using less expensive cases like Pelican or something. What I could not find is fittings for the case. You would have to fabricate those. Slots for the bottom of the case is no problem but I am not sure how to fabricate the top locking part.
So starting from scratch I would still use the Givi method for holding tight at the bottom. This is easy to fabricate (even easier since I have a small lathe.) But I have not come up with a good locking method for the top. I could just use a padlock but then you have to deal with that rattling around while riding.
I think this would be a fun project for winter time. Let me know if you get any ideas and I will do the same.
I was not even worried about making them quick release just something to hold gear as cheaply as I could that would still look tough. I think the metal boxes I have would also help if I ever laid her down too. So far nobody seams to have done it themselves which makes me wonder why. I guess I will just have to figure this one out and if it is feasable to do. Thanks for your input though.
I want to save anyone thinking about mounting one of these Ravetech GPS mounts on their 2017+ V-Strom 650s, which cost $48.17 with shipping on ebay.
I waited exactly one month for the mount to arrive from Thailand and upon arriving I mounted it on my 2019 V-Strom 650XT Touring. Once I had it...
I've seen a few people asking for a set of plans for the DL650 so I've gone through the process of creating a CAD file which can be used on a CNC machine to cut out the bash plate or simply used for the measurements and angles.
Hey all, I am in the market for a replacement battery for my Wee. I've greatly enjoyed the benefits of Lithium based batteries in my off road bikes, but the benefits for that application are significantly greater than for a Wee since (a) the weight savings is a more significant portion of the...
I have a 2012 DL650 with OEM heated grips. The only two times I've used them, the left grip gets really toasty and the right one is only luke-warm.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Are there any suggestions for troubleshooting?
I'd like to take care of this before the weather turns.
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