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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Pelicans on the V!

So I bit the bullet and got some hard sidecases. The SW-Motech quicklock sideracks are the cat's meow. 4 half-turn fasteners and the rack comes off.

I debated several different cases, but couldn't bring myself to shell out $500 for Givi's. You may have seen the post with the Pelican deal on e-bay. I got two of the 1520s that show no signs of use for about $130 shipped.

Rather than spending the money (do you see a trend yet?) for a Caribou mounting kit to be able to pull the cases off easily, I bolted the cases directly to the sideracks. I can still remove the rack and case together in 15 seconds or so, and the racks are not very bulky. I don't forsee the need for removal and transport of the cases too often, so I bet the racks don't get in my way. At least not several hundred dollars worth anyway!

I use 4 stainless steel 1/4x1.5" shouldered bolts, 4 1.5" fender washers on the inside with a bead of rtv on the backside, 4 .5" stainless washers and locknuts with loctite on the backside. Installation was simple, but it took an hour or so to whittle down the ridge and the feet that are molded in to the back of the Pelicans. I could have left them, but I liked the idea of mounting the racks flush to the boxes.

So for less than $400, I've got a pretty sweet setup if you ask me. Take a look...

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 08:42 PM
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That project came out real nice. I also got a set of Pelicans but they're for another bike and I haven't mounted them yet. Glad to hear everything worked out good for you.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 08:48 PM
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Thats a nice set up. My local kawasaki dealer wants over 700. for the Givi's and mounts.
It might look a little funny walking into work with the mounts on the sides, but the
price is not bad at all.
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Great job. Very nice.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 08:52 PM
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Nice job on the installation. As a precaution, I would insert a flat sheet (.125" Al) on the inside to add stiffness to the side of the Pelicans. I've seen direct install just like yours where the holes are enlarged as the flex and vibration of the day-to-day trips start to wear. As stiff as the Pelicans appear, they are still thin wall flexible plastic with three (or four?) isolated stress risers (bolt holes). A backing sheet would spread out the local stresses.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 08:54 PM
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Great! Nicely done!
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