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Who Has Aluminum Side Cases?

Who has aluminum side cases, and what are your thoughts?

I know that a lot of folks use the Givi plastic cases, but I don't want my ass to look that fat. Seems like they're extra wide. Maybe it's the mounting brackets. I dunno. Reminds me of a VSTROM with factory hard bags.



I (personally) prefer the aluminum side cases.

I found one manufacturer that makes little skinny ones. I think it's Happy Trails. They'll need to be flat on top so that I can stack more $hlt.

Will not be adding a top box - the damned thing looks like a scooter with a big round top box.

Have one of ktmduals rear steel racks already installed.

Quick release is not that important, but I don't want something that takes an hour to remove with a Sears Craftsman 392 piece tool set.

Anyone?

P.S. They must be top-loaders. I absolutely F#@*ing detest the side loading cases. Whoever came up with that design should be shot. Then shot again.
Oh, and no freaking 50 gallon boxes. Sometimes, bigger is NOT better.

I've seen some pictures and many of those cases mount far to the rear. While it IS true that I sometimes like to loft the front wheel, I'm not into surprises.

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OMG those things are HUGE.

I wonder if ya can get bigger tail lights for those bags....




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Here is a photo of my bike when I reached my sister's house in Ohio (about 5500 miles getting there). These are the Happy Trails rack and panniers. It does remind me of a pretty girl with a fat butt, but the system proved itself to work very well. Now that I am back in California, the panniers are off.

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As promised.

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i have ht cases as well. best thing about them over plastics is that you can lay the bike down on the ht cases with little to no damage. Can't really say that about plastic. Keep your feet on the pegs if you lowside, and the ht cases provide a nice big gap to keep you safe.
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OMG those things are HUGE.

I wonder if ya can get bigger tail lights for those bags....




WHAT? Seven inches AIN'T wide enuff...?

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As promised.

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Richard's bags are narrower than mine (probably 5" vs mine at 9"), but his mounts look a bit wider.

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The only beef I have the ALU boxes it they don't "Crash well". A bud dropped his GSA and smashed the $400.00 box to the point it was unless. Now the Pelican 1520 on my KLR are going down as the largest "Frame Sliders" made. I have dropped that beast more times than I can count and bent the SW Motech mounts, they are designed to bend after all better them that the bikes frame. The Plastic Pelicans still look almost new after 5 years. They may not have the cool "Look" of a ALU box but they are way tougher. Lifetime warranty against everything BUT "Bear Bites, Shark Attack and children under 5! (that's what the warranty card says!)

Or was that look THEN leap?
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The Pelicans (and clones) don't hold much and open wrong.
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I like the Suitcase style boxes and Pelican makes top loader as well.

I find they hold all I need and more and I bought the smallest of the Pelican boxes that I found, most buy the 1550s.

But to each his own I say. As a member of "Over Packers Anonymous" I could fill any box you can name.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I have Happy Trails Owyhee boxes. They are the same width as my stock handlebars... Although the angle of the attached picture begs the question "Do these boxes make my ass look fat?"
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...They are the same width as my stock handlebars... Although the angle of the attached picture begs the question "Do these boxes make my ass look fat?"
Just measured my bars w/ the Zeta XC guards at 34 5/16" (1/16" more than my panniers), and my mirrors (extended Aprilias) are 38 1/2".

So-o-o, as long as my bars can make it....

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The only beef I have the ALU boxes it they don't "Crash well". A bud dropped his GSA and smashed the $400.00 box to the point it was unless. Now the Pelican 1520 on my KLR are going down as the largest "Frame Sliders" made. I have dropped that beast more times than I can count and bent the SW Motech mounts, they are designed to bend after all better them that the bikes frame. The Plastic Pelicans still look almost new after 5 years. They may not have the cool "Look" of a ALU box but they are way tougher. Lifetime warranty against everything BUT "Bear Bites, Shark Attack and children under 5! (that's what the warranty card says!)
My HT cases have been down by accident and on purpose, and are still great. No issues at all.
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WHAT? Seven inches AIN'T wide enuff...?
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OK, ya got me there !
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OK, lots of replies and some great information here.

I see that SOME of you are loading for an intercontinental road trip. Like, holy $hit, how much stuff can ya load on a Versys and still attain forward momentum?



Next question, how does it play in the wind with the large side cases?

Lastly, would like to find a setup that mounts as close as possible to the bike. I see that some of them are quite sturdy, but there's enough room between the cases and the bike to mount a couple extra tool boxes. Alright, maybe that's where you're supposed to "stuff" all the extras that don't fit in the bags.
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...Next question, how does it play in the wind with the large side cases?...
I haven't noticed any problems YET.

I gassed-up after a recent couple of relatively fast rides in winds, and my mileage was still PDG! 23.5 km/L which is 66 mpgImperial, 53 mpgUS.

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Tusk Panniers - $239
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http://mondomotos.com/TSKAP

This is a set of aluminum side cases for $239, delivered. They only sell to the continental U.S.
No, I don't know why.

0.085" thick aluminum. For that price, I'm sure they're not what you'd call premium cases - but the reviews are decent, so I ordered a set on Monday.

Description says 15 " tall, 9 deep, and 18" wide (37L) and a little over 11 pounds each.

Never heard of them. But hey, if they'll deliver a set for $239 - I'll bite.

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I got Tusk pannier rack for the KLR but decided on the iM2600 Pelican/Storm cases. Haven't got the cases yet ($233 for the pair). They are a little bigger and a little lighter than the 1550.

I'm still using the small Action Packer on the Versys.
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