I've been doing a little looking into potential sidecase options for my soon-to-be-Wee and I'm needing some clarification.....
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 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.
The Caribou racks are pretty fugly in my opinion. I find the Givi racks to be fairly unobtrusive looking, particularly if you already have some crash bars around the engine/fairing since they somewhat match.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
3.) Last option is the most expensive, the Caribou cases w/ their ALS system ($475). You get the system I describe above plus the cases have a lid lock keyed the same as the quick release brackets as well as their internal retention straps and lid lanyards. I like this system because you can lock everything to the bike and don't have multiple keys for removing the cases and locking the cases as you would if you used padlocks on the plain Pelicans.
I meant the most expensive of the Caribou/Pelican/Givi rack combos. You are correct, aluminum cases are generally the most expensive, though there are some competitively priced alternatives if you want to go that route. I don't particularly like the asymmetry of the cheaper aluminum cases. The best IMHO are the Jesse Odyssey cases. If I was a wealthy man, that is what I would have on my bike.in my comparison shopping, the aluminum boxes were on the high end, I wanted a complete system and only considered complete systems , Caribous were the least expensive option I looked at
Here are the locks that hold the rack on. Just above and left and right of the plate....When I check into a motel with the bags I like to have some assurance that the mounting bars are still on the bike in the morning. For that reason alone I don't like the quick removable mounts. If someone wants them they will need to use tools and take more time stealing them. Perhaps they'll go take someone else's quick offs instead of mine
Thanks for that bit of info...Being new I did not realize the locked on...Here are the locks that hold the rack on. Just above and left and right of the plate....
I have never taken them off my bike, although that option is nice.