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Old 19 Aug 2005
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Iv done some serious research now and looked at all the solutions. For me , im going for the indestructable Overland Solutions kit. Im not sure of the price yet but they really seem to be the most bomb proof out there.

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Iv done some serious research now and looked at all the solutions. For me , im going for the indestructable Overland Solutions kit. Im not sure of the price yet but they really seem to be the most bomb proof out there.
http://www.overland-solutions.com/


*** Well, that's kin of what I posted before .. I have an Overland-Solutions rear end on the G/S. pics here: http://tinyurl.com/6gymm
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Hey,
I had ZEGA-cases and was happy as long as I had no crash. Well as it happens, I did some trips (one of them in south america) and so I could test them really well.
Since I had a few crashes there I can tell you, that you should not relay on them for off-road trips. The boxes brake really easily even at low speed accidents. But there is one big adventage: In case they break, you can repair them quite easely (as long as the material is still ok, so done in Bolivia). I just sealed them afterwards with some silicone rubber and I could use them another 2 months.

Well, now I am looking for new boxes and so I found to the Tesch-Type-Boxes. Really good but a bit expensive. However, it pays out when you do not have to buy new ones after a crash.

In my opinion, ZEGA-cases are good for normal European street-travelling but not for off-road trips.

Have a nice time and hopefully find the right decision

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I have had pretty good luck with the Pelican cases I put on the front of my bike; I will be setting up something similar in the back fairly soon. A Pelican case weighs about as much as a similarly sized 1.5mm wall aluminum case. The cases are waterproof (truly), they can take a beating because the plastic flexes a little more than the aluminum, and they are lockable. They are also much cheaper than aluminum cases. My cases work as crash guards, and at $45 apiece, if I do detroy them, they are cheap to replace.

If you buy an existing sturdy rack, it is a simple manner to drill a couple of holes in the Pelican case for mounting hardware (just silicone the holes as you put it together to keep the case submersible). If you ever have a crash serious enough to destroy a Pelican case, and the rest of the bike survives, it will only take a hand drill to put the mounting hardware holes in a new case. On top of that, Pelican cases are available in many places. You can have them shipped to you or find them in larger cities, should you need to replace one on the road.

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Originally posted by tedmagnum:
I agree that soft luggage is best in bad conditions but I am worried about security. If i leave the luggage on my bike, while i got into a shop etc. Someone can easily steal soft luggage. I am going around South America, and many places the bike will be left unguarded with luggage on.

I just dont know what to do

Can anyone recommend a good Pannier rack / soft luggage system then ??

When I travelled in South America and I had to leave the bike unguarded, I simply put on my motorcycle cover. I found most people won't bother it if they can't easily see what is under the cover. I was using home built aluminum boxes with pad lock, not the soft bags.

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Well...thanks for all the posts but now things have changed once more.

The Africa twin has gone and iv got an XR650R.. I think it will be more suitable for many reasons but i wont go into that here.

Im getting a custom rack built for the bike but the guy whos building them wants me to give him the bikes and the boxes for him to make a suitable rack for.

Does anyone make 2mm aluminium boxes with good locks and are waterproof which are user friendly. It seems that manufactures are struggling to get everything right and i cant see why !!

Also.. Fitting systems.. Hows is it done ???

If i do go for the soft luggage.. has anyone seem any lockable soft luggage.

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Hola
From Sunny Donegal !
Ted mey oul flower this one seems to be goin on a long time , if you would care to email me i may well be able to help.
I can Fabricate 2 - 3 MM alluminium and have the best locking locks your money can buy.
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Top of the morning to you sir. I would love to email you but your email isnt "available".

feel free to email me on:

eddie(at)titaninet.co.uk

I would love to see what you can knock up mate.
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Just done London - Cape Town with Metal Mules. Easy on/off, held together in falls, totaly waterproof.

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