What top case and side panniers do you like best on your KLR and why? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
Flight Officer
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 34
What top case and side panniers do you like best on your KLR and why?

I am trying to get my 2011 KLR dialed in and want to put on some side panniers and a top box but can't decide which ones. I really love the look of the ammo cans but hear they are very heavy. I see alot of people moving over to the Pelican route but wonder if they are big enough? And not sure about the side loading. I like the idea of top loaders and have had Jesse's in the past and also the BMW Aluminums on some of my previous GSA bikes. But the whole idea of me selling my GSA's for the KLR was to save money and still ride with a smile since I know I don't have my entire savings account invested in my bike. lol.. So that takes me back to the ammo cans. Are they gonna be way to much weight for my bike with me on it? I already weigh in at 250 and am 6'5". I also want to add some eagle mikes raising links as big as he makes them... I can pick up some Pelicans for fairly cheap from some hookups I have but like I said I don't know if I would like the side loading. What's your opinion on side panniers? I plan on doing about 50/50 street and dirt.. Then the other option is soft luggage. Wolfman stuff seems real pricey. The Powder River side bags look decent and they are dry bags to boot but don't they they have the same carrying capacity as ammo cans..

Next topic is Top box. I would really like something that is decent size. To me the Pelican's just look funny on a bike and the GIVI's don't even get me started. lol.. It cracks me up when I see a bike with Ammo cans and a Givi top box. But to each his own and hey it's a KLR. It's not supposed to be pretty. I have considered the WalMart totes or whatever it is I have seen on a few KLR's but can't find them at any Walmart I have ever been to. What's your idea of a good top box?

As always Pics and links are always appreciated..

Hoping to buy a dirtracks pannier rack system for mounting my side panniers to.
lacofdfireman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 01:12 AM
General
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lac La Biche Alberta Canada
Posts: 3,132
[/URL]
This is what I have on my 2011. Pelican Storm 2600's, SW Motec side racks. SW Motec rear rack, SW Motec quick release case adapters. The cases are 35 liter capacity each. The quick release adapters enable the cases to be removed with the turn of a key for packing or taking into a Hotel/Motel. If you need somthing, just pop the case off and open it like a suitcase. No digging to the bottom of a toploader to find something.
On my 2003 that is more dirt oriented I have a set of AdventureSpec Magadan soft bags. There is no US distributor. I ordered them from Great Brittan and had them on my doorstep in 3 days.
Regards....justjeff

It's not a Tractor....It's a LOCOMOTIVE!! Chugga Chugga
Woooo WOOOOO!!!!!
justjeff is offline  
post #3 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
Flight Officer
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by justjeff View Post
This is what I have on my 2011. Pelican Storm 2600's, SW Motec side racks. SW Motec rear rack, SW Motec quick release case adapters. The cases are 35 liter capacity each. The quick release adapters enable the cases to be removed with the turn of a key for packing or taking into a Hotel/Motel. If you need somthing, just pop the case off and open it like a suitcase. No digging to the bottom of a toploader to find something.
On my 2003 that is more dirt oriented I have a set of AdventureSpec Magadan soft bags. There is no US distributor. I ordered them from Great Brittan and had them on my doorstep in 3 days.
Regards....justjeff
Hey Justjeff what is your opinion on the Pelicans? Do you like the side loading? Does everything come tumbling out when you open your case? Well I guess not since you have a quick release and can just take them off and set them flat. If they were more permanantly affixed to the bike would you still use them? Or would you look at top load options? Is the Storm 2600 same as the 1550 that everyone seems to use?

Thanks

Last edited by klr4evr; 05-01-2013 at 11:16 AM.
lacofdfireman is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 09:32 AM
Senior Moments
 
Cabrito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: 415&707
Posts: 1,158
I'm still trying to decide what luggage to run

I started with these Ex-CHP bags -


Then I went with some of these Seahorse SE720's - Great for around town but the side loading becomes an issue if packed full. Top Case is a factory Kawasaki soft bag. It's nice and expandable, but not very secure for leaving outside.


Then I tried the Wolfman waterproof Soft bags, but didn't like all the straps. This round I'm using a Pelican 1550 for a top case - I think it's heavy and that is what I don't like about Pelicans.


Sometimes I use these cheap Tourmaster bags I got on Craigslist. I don't like the way they sag with a load. Sometimes I run a cheap gun case for around town top case.



Current Favorite and most expensive Happy Trails 7.5 Wide. Only complaint is that the top opening is a little narrow.


Sometimes I use my Aerostitch Tank Panniers as side bags.


My current and most bada$$ top case is the Medium size by Micatech (they are no longer producing these) I have it on their KLR Rack and it's quick release with four 1/4 turn screws.


I think I have MC Luggage OCD...

Sent from my rotary phone
================================
Track me here -
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...354a61e5f3997a
Michael G in SF | PPMC #7 | 2000 KLR650 | 02 XR400R (Plated) | 2011 FJ Cruiser Army Green | KI6ELZ
------------------------------------------------------------
"If you have the will and not the way, you wont get very far."
Snakeboy66

Last edited by Cabrito; 05-01-2013 at 09:38 AM.
Cabrito is offline  
post #5 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 10:56 AM
Colonel
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pefferlaw,Ontario
Posts: 1,642
Damn...now we know why there is a shortage of bags and boxes on the market! You bought them all!

Willys
willys is offline  
post #6 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 11:29 AM
Moderator
 
klr4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Edmonchuk, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,141
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
I've got the Pelican 1550's and like them. The side loading isn't a big deal for me, I actually prefer it having had a set of ammo cans. I made mine removable on a Pack Rat rack. The left one I have my clothing in. The right one I put in tools and misc. stuff. When the bike is on the side stand the lean is enough so the stuff doesn't come tumbling out when you open the box. My brother made nylon bags to fit in his so that he doesn't have to remove the boxes.

For a top box I use a Givi but forgot the model. Was around $100 and my helmet easily fits in it.

Have a friend with a new model KLR that has a complete Givi bag set up. It's a nice system and comes compete with everything to install on your bike.

The Givi Canada web site has a building tool for specific bikes. The US site isn't as friendly.

http://www.givi.ca/en/moto.php

On a Wing and a KLR.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details
This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
post #7 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 12:52 PM
Captain
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: wasilla AK but stuck in CO
Posts: 452
im using a traxx top box for around town its huge and packs alot of crap and i can lock it .. side bags now are wolfman expeditions and i love them after i had them swap out the plastic buckles for nice steel sinch buckles no i really can suck them in tight ..






2000 army green klr
2012 blue/white /blacked out daily driver

recession is when your neighbor looses his job
depression is when you loose your job
recovery is when Obama looses his job

Last edited by wayne_l; 05-01-2013 at 12:59 PM.
wayne_l is offline  
post #8 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 01:17 PM
Colonel
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pefferlaw,Ontario
Posts: 1,642
Slightly off topic....but how do you like that foldable sleeping mat?

Willys
willys is offline  
post #9 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 01:23 PM
Captain
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: wasilla AK but stuck in CO
Posts: 452
its kick butt , i froze my arse on all the inflATEABLES IVE TRIED I CAN USE THIS PAD IN MY HENNESSY HAMMOCK OR MY TENT WITH GREAT COMFORT AND WARMTH ..ITS LINED WITH A MYLAR COATING SO IT REALLY HELPS REFLECT BODY HEAT BACK AND PAD DONT GO FLAT MIDDLE OF NITE ..AND IN A HAMMOCK ITS LIKE HEAVEN ..

2000 army green klr
2012 blue/white /blacked out daily driver

recession is when your neighbor looses his job
depression is when you loose your job
recovery is when Obama looses his job
wayne_l is offline  
post #10 of 23 Old 05-01-2013, 08:16 PM
Captain
 
Snakeboy66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: I live in Sean Francisco
Posts: 365
Quote:
Originally Posted by willys View Post
Damn...now we know why there is a shortage of bags and boxes on the market! You bought them all!
Hidey Ho Neighbors,

Senior Cabrito has the market cornered in the KLR luggage department. I wonder if he has a picture with his bike loaded with all of his bags? Hmmmmm.

He is actually working on a retirement business....Luggage

Snakeboy66

Life is a ride that should be thouroughly enjoyed. ATGATT!

2007 KLR 650
Renthal Bars, Happy Trails Racks, SW Motech Crash Bars, Center Stand, Bash Plate, Yana Shinka HID headlight, Rigid LED Spots, Leo Vince X-3 Pipe, 20mm Ammo Can panniers, Cryca Brush Bars, GPS Ram Mount, Truck Air Horn, LED Brake Light Bar, Tool Tube, Done the "Do", Winner 2012 Mark B (4) Bolt award..
Snakeboy66 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Baby's got Back!"...(new top case) happycat254 Bike and Rider Gear 8 03-01-2013 03:56 PM
Homemade crash bars and side case racks for my KLR feo350 Show Off Your Bike 25 06-12-2012 12:01 PM
What are the best Panniers for an 09 KLR? weld387 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 64 12-19-2011 09:57 PM
Fitted a Storm Case top box uk trailer guy How To's & Tech Guides 4 08-31-2011 01:14 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome