Side cases for HARD riding
I know there's a recent thread about side cases, but I didn't see the answer to my main question, and the link to an earlier thread was broken, so forgive me if this is a repeat of previously addressed issues.
I have discovered that my taste for rough riding is greater than my technical ability, as a result of which I dump my bike from time to time. (I have signed up for some training.) Assuming that I'm going to continue to lay the bike down on dirt roads from time to time, and that I want to be able to travel for weeks at a time, I am wondering whether it makes any sense to have hard side cases, or even side cases at all. I had a pair of Gobi Enduros from Hepco Becker (only one remains). At first I was delighted that when I took a spill they snapped off the rack, until I realized that every time that happened the latch mechanism was slowly disintegrating. If I get boxes that don't come off with a spill, what happens? Twisted rack? Twisted frame? Nothing?
One thought I've had is maybe I'm not supposed to crash my bike, but that doesn't seem to make sense. It seems to me I need a system that will let me carry enough gear for a long trip but still survive crashing on dirt. Is this a realistic goal, and if so what is the solution? Or do side cases just get chewed up in a wreck no matter what?