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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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Hard Plastic Panniers?

I think I remember discussion on some newly developed plastic panniers for a KLR here. It might be my imagination, but if so, has anyone tried them out, and does anyone have the link to the website?

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OK, so I had to do the hard work myself. I was referring to the Caribou system utilising Pelican cases:

http://adventure-motorcycle.com/stor...=i&item=000040

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102759

These seem like a great alternative to aluminium or Givi cases, but it doesn't look like anyone is using them. Lovely product though it is, a Metal Mule system would cost me around $1270 compared to $695 for the Caribou.
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I'm using 1550 pelican cases. As panniers.

They are tough! Don't shatter into bits in a fall, they do abrade .. but at 6 mm thick will take some time to ware through. They are still water (and dust) tight after lots of abuse.
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Thanks for the input Frank. Pelicans sound great, and I'm pretty much sold on that option. How did you come by your rack. Was it a purpose built system or DIY? Thanks
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How did you come by your rack. Was it a purpose built system or DIY?
DIY.Some photos and text. http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/.../pan_mount.htm
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Pelican type cases are very tough, like Frank said. I've used one before as a jackstand for a 4x4 vehicle.
They float, they're cool, they're secure, they can crawl on their belly like a reptile....step inside to see the Pelican-face boy.

The only thing that isn't great is their weight. Also the added mounting rack(s).

But then, everything in this world can't be blonde, busty and lusty....

I will not go with metal side boxes. Maybe Pelicans mounted rearward and a little high. Or bear spray impregnated soft bags. Dunno...
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I just posted some photos of my top box on a home made rack here: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ee-strom-27204

I also have the Pelican 1430's on the sides but the photos I posted are old because I can't find my camera, still I hope you give it a look see, they've worked great for me.

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I purchased the $10 Pelican cases from eBay (need to fill some holes), the Packrat rack and building my own supports from aluminum.

Packrat site: index

Orange Pelican case (write-up on how one of the guys fixed his case): KLR650.NET Forums - Your Kawasaki KLR650 Resource

I purchase 6 cases but I don't think I will use them all.

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