Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Morden, Manitoba, Canada
I too have the Shad hard cases on my K5Wee. I have used them extensively on my many long distance tours and have only good things to say about the bags. They stay dry inside without liners and I havnt had any trouble with warpage.
The mounting set-up was probably not as good as some others, but with just a mod or two, it all came together quite nicely. I did modify the left side to bring it in towards the bike 3 inches, just to close up that huge gap. I made small brackets to mount the original turn signals basically in the original stock location. When installing the heavy cross piece, I found that drilling out the holes in the front of the factory luggage rack made it all fit together well.
The Shad system did come with extra turn signals as part of the side racks, I ground the mounts off and did not use them.
I'm sure that other setups are superior to the Shad, but the price was right (about 505.00 cdn for the side cases and mounting system), and I really cant complain about the function. When touring, I have the bags pretty much stuffed full of all sorts of goodies and have encountered no further problems other than being abit creative in the installation.
If you want to see the bags mounted, send me an email off-group and I will forward some to you.
K5Wee in Kanada (285,500 KM and still going strong)
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