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post #1 of 8 Old 08-05-2010, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Really crappy ride home...

I haven't ridden my 3 month old bike in nearly 3 weeks because I was out of town. I was so excited to get it out today and commute, even though it was 110 in Phoenix.

All was well, until on the ride home, a motorist pulled up next to me and was waving and pointing back behind us. I instantly reached back with my right hand and nothing was there. Nothing was there....where my BRAND NEW 40L Caribou Case had been just moments before.

I exited, looped back around, and was just in time to watch a large truck obliterate my brand new piece of Caribou Luggage.

So, the case is toast, the Happy Trail pucks are gone, the lock is gone.

Case $145 (and I will no longer have matching keys to the left and right cases)
HT Pucks are about $20

That was the most expensive way I have ever saved $5 on gas.

I am so bummed right now. My bike looks stupid with only one side box, I want a free replacement but Caribou doesn't warranty stupidity and I doubt Happy Trails is going to buy me a new Caribou case since their pucks failed (even though I have NO idea how it came off, it was installed properly and I snugged up the pucks before I left).

I will never know, I circled back around again to see if it had made it off to the shoulder but it was gone, no doubt crammed under the front bumper of a car on it's way south on I-17 never to be seen again.

I never even put anything in that side case, that's how new it was. It was still a virgin.

Crappy ride home.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-05-2010, 01:30 AM
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I feel for ya! That sucks. Done is done...

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If you could have recovered it.

Pelican would have likely provided a new case, minus the 'NEMA 4' lock...

Keyed alike? Not a problem--all of the caribou cases are keyed alike.
Ask any electrician to unlock your case for you if you doubt me...



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post #4 of 8 Old 08-05-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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I was told by Roger at Caribou Cases that this type of damage was not covered under their warranty. Broken latch, cracked box stuff like that is...but not being run over a couple dozen times.

I am going to sell the other one. I just can't bring my self to buy another one at retail. I will just go without luggage for awhile, and wait for a good deal.

This sucks.

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Did you case Puck Off?

What's a Happy Trails Puck?

Go hakafugu yourself.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-05-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Happy Trails is a company that makes luggage rack systems. My bike came with the Happy Trails SU rack, which I wanted to keep since I already had it. Happy Trails also makes really nice pannier boxes, but I wanted caribou cases. So to put Caribou cases (or any case for that matter) on a HT Rack, you need their "Puck mounting system". It's these milled aluminum do-dads that hold your boxes on the rack...or at least one side in my case.

I wouldn't recommend them with any type of box that is less than perfectly flat on the side that goes against the bike. When I get another set of boxes, I will have to fab something to secure the boxes better. More on that later.

I hope that answered your question.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-10-2010, 07:49 AM
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Well they looked good while they were on it. Mega bummer about the loss dude.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-13-2010, 03:27 PM
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I use the Happy Trails aluminum "pucks" on my Pelican 1430 cases and they have never come off...except for the time I smacked a rock with them during a fall...that popped the case off...but no harm was done to the mounting system, just scratches on the case. I did grind the ridges off the back of the Pelican case to make it sit perfectly flat on the rack first though. The pucks wouldn't fit otherwise.

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