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    Senior Member uktw125's Avatar
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    I have made a hard luggage system that others may be interested in making, it's pretty easy if you can weld and use a drill.

    The boxes are small Pelicase available in the USA, but hard to find in the UK so I bought from America.

    The pictures will explain better than words, so lets hope these work. I am never very sucessfull at pictures so here goes.

    A small padlock through the lych pin holds them secure and would stop a casual thief but not anyone very determined.











    Crikey success.

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    Nice, I love those Pelican boxes, how much does the windage slow you down?

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    Looks good; I like the somewhat rounded corners and the plastic structure - It should be relatively dustproof, durable, and mighty convenient storage. Congrats. tom
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    Very nice. I am interested in seeing a cleared (another) picture of your top connect system. Seems you have a protrusion the enters a hole. Is it locked by inserting a pin or a rotating toggle? Gerry
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    Hey, I like your front rack. I am thinking of making a very similar one and mounting it as you have done I think. Have you got a close-up picture from the side and front you could share? Thanks.



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    Ditto on the front rack! Im picking up steel to build both of my racks today and I was thinking about the same design you have there. The hard bags look great and should function very well

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    Thanks for all positive comments on the luggage.

    To answer some questions.

    The windage is no problem for me, it does not slow me down at all because I only ride at 55MPH or so and I am small and light. The total width is 33 inches or just 1 inch wider than my handlebars (renthal high bend).

    The top attachment is a trailer tailgate latch (we call them lych pins in the UK)like this with the threaded bit cut off and welded to a mounting plate.









    The front rack I made years ago and needs repainting or powder coat. There is only one verticle leg as I ran out of tubing, but it is plenty strong enough like this because if you put anything heavy on there it upsets the steering quite badly. It's ideal for a one piece waterproof suit or a bottle of water,sandwiches, etc, anything light that you want easy access to. Here are the details.






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    Great ideas. I like the idea of having hard bags with solid mounts but quickly removable. Thanks for posting the pics.





    I bought some ammo from Cabelas a month ago and they threw in some of these dry storage boxes. They might be an option to the Pelicases. They were on sale for $8 recently.

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    Looks really good , I couldnt decide between the 1430 boxes you have or the 1520 that I eventually decided to run. The 1430s are much easier to open/close but not quite as big - I couldnt get my tent poles in the 1430s which swayed my decision. Did you sit them equal distance either side or the exhaust side wider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKJ View Post
    Looks really good , I couldnt decide between the 1430 boxes you have or the 1520 that I eventually decided to run. The 1430s are much easier to open/close but not quite as big - I couldnt get my tent poles in the 1430s which swayed my decision. Did you sit them equal distance either side or the exhaust side wider?


    UKJ, I spaced them equally. Although the rack looks similar to a Cyclerack it's actually my own home made copy and I had already made it before I decided to add the boxes, but it does not look odd or lop sided from behind. I'm quite pleased with the look really.

    Also I don't think the 1430 boxes would be big enough for your coming epic journey. You must be getting excited or nervous or both.

    Are you going to have an online blog.

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