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Caribou Luggage?

Sometime in the future I want to get a set of hard luggage. Kawi/Givi set are nice but its a lot of money. If I'm going to spend that kind of coin I'd like something really durable and functional. The Pelican cases although not all that pretty seem to be the ticket. I been a fan of Pelican cases for years.

Searching I found two that make a full side luggage system. Twisted Throttle and Caribou. The Caribou is a bit more money but the rack seems better designed and rugged.

My question is does anyone have either of these systems? What size do you have and how do you like them?

I hope to do more touring in the future now that I have a bike capable.

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They are great! Easy to load and I don't think I could break them. That is saying alot.
I have 35L bags. Will not fit a full face but everything else fits.
I like the way they look on the bike.
Speak with Roger at Caribou. He will hook you up with what you need.
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I have been looking at the Caribou as well - but I want one that will fit a full face helmet. Do you think the 40L would work?
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I agree. I really like the pelican cases.
Not sure which racks to get tho with my bobbed fender. I'm thinking I will need to fab a new cross brace for any of them, leaning toward the sw motechs. I really like the package TT has, the fastening system is outstanding. I'm sure Carabous are too, I thought they were a lot more money for not much difference. Maybe I need to look closer.
I think the HT racks are too wide. The others seem to tuck in tighter, that's important to me. I don't want real wide cases anyway, cutting traffic is a way of life here in socal.

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Thumper-- I love the looks of your Caribou cases. Did you get the complete set, rack and cases from Caribou? If not, which rack do you have?
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I bought the luggage from Roger at Caribou and Givi racks from Twisted Throttle. Monkey is you go with Givi and you have to get an adapter if you don't buy the trunk mount. Pretty easy to install and Roger is very helpful setting you up with what you need. Just tell him which bike your putting it on.
Explore the different mounting systems before buying. I am happy with the Givi.

As far as width goes, just about all the bags I have seen on the V are wide. However, I pull my bike into my garage between a truck and toyota that have only about 4ft between them. No problem. I was worried about the width also but you don't notice it once they are on the bike.

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I'm guessing you can't go wrong with either TT or Caribou, but to me it looks like the Caribou had a stronger mounting system. I really am convinced the Pelican cases are the way to go if you looking for function over flash..Also to get the same feature on the TT as the Caribou you need to buy the Luxury Cases so you probably close to the same price.

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Roger at Caribou uses the Hepco & Becker side rack system. You can get the Twisted Throttle rack and still use his Pelican cases. Caribou's have nice locks installed. If you sort through the Caribou site, you can find many options in terms of how to mount and secure cases, sometimes without the necessity of buying a full system, to suit your particular situation.

If you have the SW Motech top rack, you can also use Motech side racks and they integrate pretty nicely, although the quick disconnect system seems a little wimbly to me. The H&B racks seem a little more permanent, but not as graceful (if that really matters).

I like the Pelicans because they're stout for Hell and cheap to replace. I've looked at Givi's and never really got past the fact they appear to be relatively fragile.

Caribou also has a nice, smaller (pelican style) top case (34L) made by B&W that fits one, any size, full face helmet, and can easily mount on a Motech (and any other) top rack. I need that space, but prefer to carry most of my load in lower, side cases.

Roger will do a matching key top and side set of these cases.

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