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Hard cases for $175.

I possess neither the wherewithal nor inclination to spend $1,000 to $1,500 (or more) on hard luggage. I tried soft bags, which were OK; perhaps more than I needed yet still cost more than I should have spent. Then went to Happy Trails SL racks with Ortlieb waterproof bags; a wonderful combination but provide little security.

Ran across Plano weatherproof handgun-storage cases. Got the large-size at Walmart (Plano Model 108020) for side cases, then ordered online the extra-large size (Plano Model 108031) for a top case. Total cost was less than $175 for all three. The side cases measure 19.75-inches long, 14.5-inches wide and 8-inches deep. The top case is 20.75-inches long, 16.5-inches high and 9.25-inches deep.

These cases are waterproof with replacable O-ring seals, keyed-alike locks and a pressure-release valve. I secured them to my '09 Versys with Happy Trails first-generation mounting pucks (all billet aluminum) which I bought with the racks.

The Plano cases look a lot like Pelican or Caribou cases; that said, they are a far cry from Givi, Trax or Happy Trails panniers. Pleased so far. Mounted, the beam of the Versys measures 33.5 inches, an inch-and-a-half narrower than the stock bars with Barkbusters mounted.

By my calculations, the difference in cost ($175 vs. $1,500) leaves me $1,325 to spend on fuel for touring. At current fuel costs and my average Versys fuel consumption, I'm looking at more than 26,000 miles.

Better be on my way ...
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looks good, I'd like to see more photos of them mounted up
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those are really nice..good find...how about some pics of the the way you mounted them?
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nice job i was looking at the exact same boxes xD
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You do the best with what you have....looks good
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Looks great. Please, please, more info and pictures as I would possibly like to do this myself.

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Large Side Cases
LENGTH INCHES 18-3/8 (46.67 cm)
WIDTH INCHES 8 (20.32 cm)
HEIGHT INCHES 14-1/4 (36.2 cm)
ASSEMBLY Assembled
BRAND Plano Molding
COLOR FINISH Black
CONSTRUCTION Polypropylene with Foam Interior
INSIDE HEIGHT INCHES 12 (30.48 cm)
INSIDE LENGTH INCHES 17 (43.18 cm)
INSIDE WIDTH INCHES 7-1/4 (18.42 cm)
LOCK TYPE Dual-Stage Lockable Latches
MANUFACTURERS PART NUMBER 1065313
PACKAGE QUANTITY 1
PRODUCT GROUP Cases
SERIES All Weather™
STYLE w/o Foam
TYPE Watertight & Dust Proof Case
WEIGHT LBS 8 (3.64 kg)
LIMITED WARRANTY Limited Lifetime Warranty


The extra large top case is
LENGTH INCHES 20-3/4 (52.71 cm)
WIDTH INCHES 9-1/4 (23.5 cm)
HEIGHT INCHES 16-1/2 (41.91 cm)
ASSEMBLY Assembled
BRAND Plano Molding
COLOR FINISH Black
CONSTRUCTION Polypropylene with Foam Interior
INSIDE HEIGHT INCHES 14-1/4 (36.2 cm)
INSIDE LENGTH INCHES 18-3/4 (47.63 cm)
INSIDE WIDTH INCHES 8-1/4 (20.96 cm)

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Plano cases

Here ya go! A couple more pictures of how the cases look on the bike. Give me a day or two to get pictures of the actual mounting method, although you can get the idea from Fast Eddie's posting on how he mounted his mammoth HT panniers and commercial stoplights.

FYI - Happy Trails SL racks, $160, are fashioned from 5/8th-inch tubing and require MK625 mounts, less than $60. The newer version of the HT mounting pucks actually look simpler. Happy Trails racks come in two sizes; the smaller SL racks work fine for my purposes.
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so my others question is this. do any of the cases quick disconnect?
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so my others question is this. do any of the cases quick disconnect?
Quick? No!
Secure? Yes!
Convenient? Yes!

One must open the side case and loosen the top two mounting pucks; rotate pucks to clear rack, tilt and lift case off. Takes about 20 seconds, although i have not employed the ol' kitchen timer to determine that. Will add photos asap.

My purpose here is that the cases are secure regarding mounting and from removal by anyone else; unless you have the key you cannot loosen the top pucks.

I had a couple of messenger bags that fit perfectly inside the cases. I open the case, remove the bag and close and lock the empty case.

The top case is mounted to the KTM Duals rear rack with carriage bolts and secured from the interior with wing nuts (the type once used to secure the tops of air-filter assemblies to carbuerators (only folks my age will remember those). Again, will add photos asap. I use the top case for Frogg Toggs, camping gear, etc. I added footman loops to lash down anything that won't fit inside the case.

My goal here was to have locking cases at limited expense. These are sufficient to that purpose. But i am fully aware and respectful of the fact that they are not for everyone. That said, neither is the Versys, itself.

The only inconvenience is that each case has four catches, two of which lock, that must be released to open the lid. Then again, those two extra catches contribute to the all-weather reliability. No leaks so far.
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...Give me a day or two to get pictures of the actual mounting method, although you can get the idea from Fast Eddie's posting on how he mounted his mammoth HT panniers and commercial stoplights....
Mammoth..., MAMMOTH??? My set-up is MERELY 34" wide, HALF an inch more than yours...! (NICE job, tho'.)

Your set-up would have been several inches narrower w/ the GiVi 447 racks like I used, and only about $20 more expensive.

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Tell me about the Givi racks. I want to mount Pelican style cases with the aftermarket rear rack made by the guy on here.
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Yeah I'd like to know if anyone has mounted pelican type cases to givi racks using Happy Trails mounting pucks. The difference would be around $150 if the setup works out....The caribou and Twisted Throttle kits are a whole lot more expensive.

As for the OP...I dig the cases! Looks like a fine setup.

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Tell me about the Givi racks. I want to mount Pelican style cases with the aftermarket rear rack made by the guy on here.
Here are some pics of the GiVi PL447 racks on my '09, c/w a ktmduals rear rack.

Let me know if you need more pics (tho' I started a thread on mounting aluminum panniers last summer, w/ LOTS of pics). Try SEARCH.
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Mammoth..., MAMMOTH??? My set-up is MERELY 34" wide, HALF an inch more than yours...! (NICE job, tho'.)

Your set-up would have been several inches narrower w/ the GiVi 447 racks like I used, and only about $20 more expensive.
No offense or pretense: The HT SL racks are quite a bit less than anything made by Givi; equally functional albeit not nearly so classy. The HT design also provides room sufficient to mount a tool tube inside each rack, but that is another post.

The Plano cases, of course, leave me no room on the exterior to mount a set of authentic elk antlers, or even a vinyl moose caricature. Although stunning, Fast Eddie, be forewarned regarding attacks of a certain flying squirrel, especially in the vicinity of Frostbite Falls. Oh wait! You live in a place like that.

As promised, more photos of the HT puck-mounts for the side cases and simple carriage bolts and air-cleaner-type wing nuts to secure the top case to the KTM Duals rear rack. The Plano cases came with foam liners, most of which I removed, of course. One of the thin sheets of foam covers the interior base of the top case rendering the wing nuts harmless to anything I might carry, such as the inflatible sleeping pad, for instance.
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I ordered a couple of Storm iM2600 cases from Adorama for $233.
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Here are some pics of the GiVi PL447 racks on my '09, c/w a ktmduals rear rack.

Let me know if you need more pics (tho' I started a thread on mounting aluminum panniers last summer, w/ LOTS of pics). Try SEARCH.
So what size pucks did you order from happy trails? Do you remember the part number?

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Tell me about the Givi racks. I want to mount Pelican style cases with the aftermarket rear rack made by the guy on here.
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Here are some pics of the GiVi PL447 racks on my '09, c/w a ktmduals rear rack.

Let me know if you need more pics (tho' I started a thread on mounting aluminum panniers last summer, w/ LOTS of pics). Try SEARCH.
Guess I didn't attach the pic



- see below for pics of the install on the '08 which does NOT have the ktmduals rack. (I apologize for the last pic being out-of-focus.)

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So what size pucks did you order from happy trails? Do you remember the part number?
The 5/8" ones (.625"), part # HTPMK625-A (SL PUCK KIT 5/8"). W/ shipping, $80.88.
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