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post #1 of 14 Old 02-23-2006, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Pelican 1430 Top Loaders on SW Motech Rack

I finally finished mounting my SW Motech quick release racks and Pelican Cases. The whole deal costs a little over $300: $199 for the Motech Racks, $30 for two Motech lock knobs, $104 for two Pelican 1430 cases, and about $20 for some good stainless mounting hardware. I already had the Pelican 1500 topcase from a prior project. The 1430 side cases mount to the rack frames using four existing holes. I used large stainless fender washers, rubber washers, and stainless nylock nuts and bolts.

I'm very happy with the quality of the whole thing. The racks are very sturdy and can be removed in about 30 seconds. The 1430's are on the small side, but perfect for my comutting needs. The rear width with the side cases comes in at a manageable 38 inches; not much wider than the bars. For safety, I added a bit of red SOLAS tape on the rear and white for the side cases. I really like the industrial look and durability of the Pelicans.

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Interior of 1430 sidecase:

Interior of 1500 topcase. Two large bolts are the rear rack mount bolts (longer) and one small bolt at rear uses existing hole in factory rack:



View of how 1430 is mounted to SW Motech Frame:


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Nice setup, and you can't beat it for $300 bucks! I'd like to buy some side bags and top case for my bike but until now I've been thinking the price of these things would cause me to have to miss a mortgage payment to afford!

Interesting look at the bolts used in the top case. I just installed a large tank bag there (didn't want it on the tank), and I had to cut out the rubber thing that comes on the bike and then use the 4 holes below to attach the removable lower peice of the bag to the rack, so I can remove it when needed.

Do most top cases or saddle bags use the bolts you used, or do they use the other 4 holes (under the rubber piece) that I used?

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-24-2006, 07:28 AM
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WOW! That looks really good!
I really do like the "industrial" look as you put it. Wish I knew about these cases before I got my V46 top case. I dont think the bike would look very good with the mix of Pelicans side and Givi top cases.

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Looks good. If only those case were a little bigger; I need something big enough to carry my stupid laptop.

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Looks good. If only those case were a little bigger; I need something big enough to carry my stupid laptop.

I just heard that Pelican is coming out with some larger top loaders in the next month or so: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=121266 The only issue is that the larger one's will have integrated wheels and a tow handle.

My 1500 topcase carry's my laptop on my daily commute. I use a Lands End rigger bag softcase and the 1500 will hold that bag with my Thinkpad T40, portfolio, PDA, etc.. The rigger bag fills the entire 1500.
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Nice job. I was going to do the Pelican thing too but I came across 2 audio visual lock boxes (aluminum siding and wood panels) Ill get some pictures later. What interested me about your set up was the pics and the instalation setup with the racks.
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Any chance of some more pic's, say a clearer shot of the back and the right hand side. They look like just what I'm wanting. I dont like the width of most panniers out there, end up with a bike as wide as a truck and the Givi E 21 are too small, your's looks like a nice compromise.
What is the width across your bike with them on?
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Any chance of some more pic's, say a clearer shot of the back and the right hand side. They look like just what I'm wanting. I dont like the width of most panniers out there, end up with a bike as wide as a truck and the Givi E 21 are too small, your's looks like a nice compromise.
What is the width across your bike with them on?
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I too was close to buying the Givi E21's, but I like the look of the Pelicans much better. The 1430's are not huge, here's the spec's. from Pelican:
Inside Dimensions (L,W,D):
6-9/16 x 9.6 x 13.4
Outside Dimensions (L,W,D):
13.6 x 5.8 x 11.7

But the size is perfect for what I needed. Great for carrying that lunchbox, extra work files, errands, etc.. The total width across the back is 38". Here's the additional shots you asked for:





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Great pics, again!! I received my 1430's on Friday and just need some warmer weather, (and about a foot of snow too melt), so I can get the bike out and these suckers mounted.

CSR - Have you thought about mounting a tube or other canister beneath the 1430's on the bottom portion of the rack?


Thanks for the inspiration.
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Great pics, again!! I received my 1430's on Friday and just need some warmer weather, (and about a foot of snow too melt), so I can get the bike out and these suckers mounted.

CSR - Have you thought about mounting a tube or other canister beneath the 1430's on the bottom portion of the rack?


Thanks for the inspiration.
I thought about mounting a canister on the left side where the large gap is between the case and bike (no dual exhaust). I saw another pelican set-up where they bolt a small lunch box sized Pelican in this wasted space to use as a toolbox. Then you could simple remove the quick release rack when accessing tool box that was bolted onto the inside. The other option I thought of was buidling the a PVC tube like others have done.
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