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Old 03-06-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Pelican Side Cases

I mounted up the Pelicans a few weeks ago. These things are not going to win any beauty contests- but that's not why I got them. I do like how they look - not because they look nice, but because they're straightforward function over form. They look like they mean business.

The cases are waterproof, even with the mounting holes in the back side. The kit provided a few rubber washers, but I was skeptical until I put one in the shower and ran water on it for ten minutes.

I have a problem though. See photos below and it should be clear. The previous owner chopped the tail cluster, which I've never had a problem with until now. The rack is actually supposed to use the plastic tail section as a mounting point. Mostly for lateral bracing, I would think. Any suggestions? I'm trying to work out a way to make a bracket using aluminum tube or angle sections. Bolted together, because welding is beyond my means.

Yes, I did briefly consider using the license plate as a stressed member. I don't think that would really do the job properly.

The obvious solution is to buy a new plastic tail section from an online OEM suppler for about $25. That's my last resort - I'd rather make a bracket that will be mostly hidden behind the license plate.











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Old 03-06-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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I can't help you with welding, but I'll admit that the square/flat/angle aluminum rack at Home Depot is my friend...

How about a solid round stock running laterally, tapped at both ends to accept a fastener from inside the case?
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:16 PM   #3
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Hmm, wouldn't the plate be as strong as the plastic? Actually, I want to say there was a steel bracket behind the plate that was probably the actual mounting point.

If I recall, there are two bolts near the end of the seat underneath there. Maybe run some metal straps from there to the bracket.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:56 AM   #4
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I figured out the mounting problem. An extender plate behind the license plate did the trick. I made it out of a steel plate used to attach lumber posts to beams. I'm not going to post pictures yet because I haven't yet cleaned up the rough edges and painted it. However, here are some pictures of the cases in use - I had to come into work today to observe a contractor do repairs to a building on campus, and the cases fit all the gear I needed just fine. The lid even folds down to make a nice spot to lay out plans and specs.





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Old 04-03-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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that's one of those that would have to actually have the bike here, and I could probably fab up some brackets with some metal from lowes/home depot... I don't weld either... looks like they are coming in handy though...
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:12 PM   #6
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Those are sweet! A rugged adventure-touring look but not to overly flashy like aluminum boxes. Where did you get them? Centerstand next?

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Old 04-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #7
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Looks like you're carrying guns or bombs... might go well with my bike.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:00 AM   #8
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Some more photos of the boxes in action, on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Roanoke.

Also, some shots of the bracket I made to provide a mounting point to the tail. Better than the original SW motech mounting design, because I braced back to the frame, not just the tail plastic. I used a galvanized plate (meant to attach wooden posts to beams), painted black, and trimmed to size with a dremmel. Also, aluminum angle stock, and two brass rings to get the offset I needed. I might get some galvanic corrosion down the line with all those dissimilar metals in contact, but oh well. I'll replace parts if that happens.





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Old 04-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #9
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I like it! best looking saddle bags I have seen on a 599.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:15 AM   #10
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Sundog, what windscreen is that? I love it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:51 AM   #11
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still think they look good. I'm hoping to have something in the way of hard luggage by next summer
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My hard luggage has its own motor. Take all you want.

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Barx, are my eyes deceiving me, or does your license plate start with FAG?
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Close. FA6. I requested "FAG" but they wouldn't issue the plate.
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Close. FA6. I requested "FAG" but they wouldn't issue the plate.
Wow, I didn't realize Carlitos' last name started with a "G".
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Huh?
It would read "FAG-4-CG"
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It would read "FAG-4-CG"
Ah. Thank you.

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Oh, now I get it! Thanks for the clarification.

Loving that new avatar, big C!
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