40-year motorcyclist, new Wee owner here, picked it up just before Christmas, downsizing from my ’04 Connie. I really like the Wee to say the least.
Needing to get luggage mounted ASAP for an already planned trip, I moved the SKB brand (Pelican type) cases from the Connie to the Wee. SKB cases are among those used by Caribou and I like ‘em because they offer a lock built-in to the latch like ‘normal’ luggage and had a sizes that work well for my gear.
This is a bolted-on installation (no quick release for the bags) for simplicity and rigidity. The OEM rack is removed; the top case in this initial installation is above the seat barely enough to allow seat removal.
The back of the side bags have a full-width/full-height ‘sandwich’ of 1/8” al plate inside and 3/16” al plate outside, with button head SS bolts from the inside tapped into the outside plate at the corners. Bolts then penetrate all of that and through the ¼” thick steel strap of the mount that runs from the passenger peg holes up to a 7/8” OD x 1/8” wall tube that spans across the back and bolts down to the OEM rack mount points.
The platform for the top case keeps it all square and rigid, eliminating the necessity of a ‘hoop’ across the back like on most aftermarket racks. Remove four bolts and the whole assembly lifts of the bike so I can reinstall the OEM rack for normal riding between camping trips.
Side cases – SKB 3i-1914N-8 (36 liters each)
Top case – SKB 3i-2217-8 (49 liters)
Total width of installation – 40”
I’m an olde phart and without apology carry a decadent camping rig (Kermit chair, large Timberline tent, comfy sleeping pad, etc, etc) for my solo trips. This rig lets me keep everything dry and secure for ventures off the bike to museums, walkabouts, etc.
The luggage is mounted well-forward for best handling (my “perfect passenger”). This is a 99.9% street bike for me and I ride in all weather, so other mods already installed include Michelin Pilot Road 3’s, Rick’s fork brace and Madstad mount/windshield. I’ve also transferred the heatroller from the Connie for my liner/gloves and lowered the Wee by 18mm at both ends with links I fabbed myself.
Heading 1800 miles to Key West with this rig in a few days on a mixed hotel/camping trip, looking forward to a few weeks of warmer weather.