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post #1 of 8 Old 05-24-2007, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Side cases for HARD riding

Dear all,

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?

Dan.
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Well Dan, you present a tough problem.
To my mind you are stuck with soft stuff. Even with the training & lots of experience you are going to drop it if you do much dirt riding.
Hard cases will be dented, cracked & broken as will the racks. Big bucks going bye bye.
The way I see it.
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SW-Motech QD racks fitted with either pelican 1550's or Dosko Sport large or X-Large cases...The bike will be totaled b4 the cases and mount would fail.

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Tom,

A follow up question about the pelican, which I've heard good things about. Is there a reason not to go with the Caribou system which is pelican based (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102759) rather than using the Motech racks? I just found the caribou website after googling pelican and it looks like a really good system.

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The Cariboo system is great but it is a little expensive IMO. I just bought a rack from Pack Rat Adventure (http://packratadventuregear.com/) which I had custom made to specifically use with Pelican 1550's. I'm currently working on a mounting system for the boxes.




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Tom,

A follow up question about the pelican, which I've heard good things about. Is there a reason not to go with the Caribou system which is pelican based (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102759) rather than using the Motech racks? I just found the caribou website after googling pelican and it looks like a really good system.

Dan.
I had forgotten about the packrat mount. Let's see...$150 for the rack + about $150 for a pair of these (delivered) http://www.cases4less.com/detail_seal_tight_lg.html. That's about $300 plus change compared to the caribou system @ $700+. Can buy lots of farkles with that left over $400.

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Farkles? It's tough being new to a sport. Thank God for Wikipedia.

Dan.

PS: Thanks for the tips. Turns out Mark at Packrat now stocks a rack for the pelicans with mounting hardware included for $200. This place (http://www.all-pelican-cases-4-less....ican_1550.html) sells the pelicans for $93 per each. That leaves me with about $300 for farkles.
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Price musta went up. The 1550's are now $109.50 each. A 1550 has a capacity of about 32 liters. A Dosko Sport X-Large case @ $86 each has a capacity of about 36 liters. I use Dosko cases and they are every bit as bombproof as Pelicans.

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