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OK, my head hurts after hours of peering at the luggage thread. Seems like the Pelicans are a good way to go. The question is -- what rack to hang them from?? I have a 2013 DL650. I'd like to be able to quick disconnect them to carry inside. Moose looks huge. HT has those stupid knobs inside. Mototech has appendages sticking out And you have to hack up your wiring.
I'm just looking for the simple solution --
 

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Funny how things work out. I spent most of yesterday looking at options for this. I think I'm going with this rack system:

http://www.amazon.com/Givi-Monorack-Holders-V-Strom-Adventure/dp/B0097FDF3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399267087&sr=8-1&keywords=plr3101

The frames themselves are QD with 1/4 turn fasteners, just some small mounting tabs remain. I like that feature, plus the price is reasonable. It's set up for the Givi monokey system, but I don't see any adapters available from Givi to mount other cases. Figure I can make/adapt something. RCs project is giving me some ideas.
 

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I don't know if you're a DIY type of guy or not, but if you are, here is the quick release mounting system I made for my Duratool cases that work with Happy Trails racks. I've no doubt it could be adapted to other racks as well. Cases come off just by loosening two knobs, and nothing sticks out into the interior of the case.

http://www.stromtrooper.com/members/41909-rcinnc-albums-duratool-case-quick-release-mount-system.html
I like it. too bad HT doesn't adopt something like this. Am I correct in assuming you just used aluminium to build up the mounts?
 

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The lower mounts are just 3/4" square aluminum tubing, the kind you get at Lowe's. The flanges on the lower mounts were cut off of a piece of aluminum "L" channel (I think it was 1 1/2"). The upper mount (the big square block) is made of laminated pieces of 1/4" ABS plastic, which I ordered from TAP Plastics. Those three small silver blocks that are between the upper and lower mounts are 1/4" aluminum. Those blocks act like keys, and fit into the three holes on the HT rack, so that the cases won't come loose even if they take a hard hit from below.

I don't often see the need to lock the cases to the bike, but if I do, I carry a couple Python cable locks in my top case. With those, I can both lock the case itself, and lock the case to the bike. They also come in handy for locking your helmet and jacket to the bike if you don't feel like carrying them with you.
 

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I'm looking at McMaster Carr for general materials, they are very good to work with-great website and fast shipping. Need to do some digging, but a company called Southco has all kinds of latches/locks. Hope to cobble up something that looks fairly professional and works. Nice thing about the plastic materials (for hooks/etc), they can be worked with standard woodworking tools.
 

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I'm looking at McMaster Carr for general materials, they are very good to work with-great website and fast shipping. Need to do some digging, but a company called Southco has all kinds of latches/locks. Hope to cobble up something that looks fairly professional and works. Nice thing about the plastic materials (for hooks/etc), they can be worked with standard woodworking tools.
McMaster Carr (and Grainger) are my first stops for any fabrication materials that I can't get locally. I don't believe that Southco sells retail; I think they are only a wholesale dealer. TAP Plastics is my first stop for things like plastic sheet. When I need something like aluminum plate, I use MetalsDepot or OnLineMetals. I only mentioned these because I've used all of them in the past, and all have provided very fast, safe, and reliable service.
 

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I went with the SW motech mounts, which are "quick disconnect". I wouldn't want to remove them very often. They are a bit of a pain. But once they are on, everything is fine other than some more buzzing in the foot pegs. The buzz is more noticeable with the side cases off. I went with the Twisted Throttle pelican kit, the deluxe version. The cases come off in a second with a key, they also lock which is handy when you want to run into a store real quick. You can use padlocks if you prefer. The lid stays are very helpful in keeping the lid from opening too far.

I did not hack up my turn signals. I went to ace hardware and bought some longer screws and metal spacers for the mounting points on the SW rack on the left side, the turn signal does not touch.

EDIT: The pelican case kit does not come assembled, so be ready to spend a couple hours on that. You will also need a hand riveter.



 

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I've made two different mount adapters for my Givi racks now like RCnC that are quick release, but not for the purpose of taking them off nightly. I could do that, but I prefer using liners. It's much easier to me. If I go somewhere and set up a base camp to ride from for several days, then I will remove the cases.
 

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I've made two different mount adapters for my Givi racks now like RCnC that are quick release, but not for the purpose of taking them off nightly. I could do that, but I prefer using liners. It's much easier to me. If I go somewhere and set up a base camp to ride from for several days, then I will remove the cases.
If I'm traveling and staying in motels, I always take the cases off and take them inside the room. Seeing as how they are basically suitcases, it's just easier to loosen two knobs and take the whole case inside, just like any other suitcase. Plus, if I'm carrying a lot of stuff, it's easier for me to pack the cases when I can lay them down on their sides to load them; that way I can stuff things into all the little nooks and crannies.
 

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If I'm traveling and staying in motels, I always take the cases off and take them inside the room. Seeing as how they are basically suitcases, it's just easier to loosen two knobs and take the whole case inside, just like any other suitcase. Plus, if I'm carrying a lot of stuff, it's easier for me to pack the cases when I can lay them down on their sides to load them; that way I can stuff things into all the little nooks and crannies.
The only issue with brining cases inside is that they get dirty, especially in wet conditions, and from bugs.

Although, the top case usually stays pretty clean.

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I got my Pelican bags and rack direct from Caribou. Super easy to install and the locking mechanism works great. The same key fits the locks on the cases and the locks that secure the bags to my bike.
 

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The only issue with brining cases inside is that they get dirty, especially in wet conditions, and from bugs.

Although, the top case usually stays pretty clean.

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Very true, though with the kinds of motels I sometimes end up staying in, a muddy Pelican case would still be the cleanest thing in the room.....
 

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Plus, if I'm carrying a lot of stuff, it's easier for me to pack the cases when I can lay them down on their sides to load them; that way I can stuff things into all the little nooks and crannies.
Yes, and we both know how huge the LARGE Duratools are!:thumbup:
 

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Moose racks

I finally went with the Moose Racks and 1520 Pelicans. Install wasn't half bad.
More pictures in the gallery.
 
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