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post #1 of 6 Old 04-26-2007, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I am about to head out onto the road for an extended ride. Going to Utah for a couple of weeks for work, and then off to a work/fun ride to Chicago, and then back to New Mexico. As such, I need some more space for junk.

Being all poor right now, I've decided to make due with what I have around the house. I have a pair of these cases in my lab not doing a lot of anything:



Not huge, but they are water proof, milspec, and lockable. The problem becomes mounting them onto the bike.

I bought the Suzuki side cases when I got the bike (and I kind wish I hadn't), and I had to replace the package tray with the Suzuki top case mount. As such, I already have rubber bumpers and a manner of holes for bolting to.

I would go with a Givi style universal mounting, but, I've waited too long (I leave Sunday) and I'm poor, so, I'm working on making my own out of 1 inch square tubing.




I still have some work to do here, but it was getting late and my neighbors would call the cops if I was running the grinder after dark (small towns... sheesh). Basically, the thinking is this:

Two mounts will be bolted to the bike. One in the back and one in the front. The one in the back will have two slots cut into the front of it, and the front one will have a key lock that operates a movable bar. The top case will bolt to a simple steel square that has pegs on one side, and a slot on the other. You insert the pegs into the mount, hinge it down, press it into the rubber bumpers, and then turn the key to lock it down with the movable bar. The case itself will have two locks on it separately.

Anyway, I thought I would post a preview. A few more shots live here: http://images.snurkle.net/v/Autos/al...000K6/topcase/. I'll have it done tomorrow and maybe painted and will post a follow up then.

So what do you guys think? I figure that later I can get a bigger top case if I want, and either mount it to this, or just unbolt and use a new mounting system. No holes drilled into the bike at all, just using factory locations.

Hope everyone is having a good spring!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-26-2007, 06:09 AM
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Hi if nothing els the welds look ok hope you have a good trip:mrgreen:
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It's coming along. I have everything fabbed up and tested now, and it is really solid. Took it out for a spirited test ride and it felt good, at least empty.

Waiting for the primer to dry now before I paint it and put it back on. Here are some shots of it finished:






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Thumbs up That's very fine workmanship!

I know some crafts, but nothing about welding.

Your work looks sturdy and dependable, and very neat.

My top-box is flimsy plastic, on a platform made out of 2x4 Florida pine.

I certainly wish I had your skills!

Well done; the result looks elegant and versatile!

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I know some crafts, but nothing about welding.

Your work looks sturdy and dependable, and very neat.

My top-box is flimsy plastic, on a platform made out of 2x4 Florida pine.

I certainly wish I had your skills!

Well done; the result looks elegant and versatile!

Keith
Well, thanks. I'm still a half-ass welder, but my work is improving. A cheap welder and some practice, and you can get to where I am
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-26-2007, 10:52 PM
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looks good to me have fun keep it safe
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