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Old 03-17-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Question Luggage system for KLR650e

Hi everybody,

I'm a dutch girl and I bought a Kawasaki KLR 650e in Anchorage for my trip from Anchorage to Orlando (8 months or more, starting in June) and I'm currently trying to work out which luggage system suits my situation best.

I'm looking for hard cases (side and top) that can handle light off roads and are easy to (dis)mount as I intend to unload the panniers a lot (I only want to ride with the panniers as I'm moving from one hostel to another and than leave the bags in the hostel while exploring the area). And it seems a lot better if you can pack the bags as regular suitcase and not only from the top.

So far I looked at Pelican cases, Trax Evo, Micatech and Happy trails. Has anyone have some advice for me? Especially regarding the price, because it all seems pretty expensive......

Thanks!

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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Everything is expensive,
Wolfman luggage offers an alternative to a hard cases. I've had Micatech Pilots for three years, great company. They pay attention to the mounting systems that hold the cases. Its is a good idea to get to cases that supply the mounting systems.
Otherwise its going to be all yours.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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cases that open on the side are a pain when still on the bike... everything wants to fall out. they are OK if you can lay them out like a suitcase & might fit what you are doing. personally I hate them. Happy Trails has the cheapest hard boxes that are decent, but don't let them pre-drill the holes, do it yourself. Ortlieb has nice weatherproof saddlebags that don't require a rack.... not enough space for everything you need though. Wolfman has this big tube thing that looks like a good deal.

P.S. whats expensive is buying something that is crap & then having to replace it with something that works
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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P.S. whats expensive is buying something that is crap & then having to replace it with something that works
+1 on that been there done all of that
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:34 PM   #5
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Pannier

Biddy, I am partial to the Happy Trail system and currently have three mounted sets of them:two on f650 GS's and one set on my KLR. They work great and protect your leg somewhat in a get off.

I have a extra pannier for sale if you decide on the Happy Trail. I laid my bike down after a deer strike and the right pannier was undamaged. BTW, the left one absorbed ALL the damage from the left lay down and subsequent skid down the highway.

Go to http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...r#post17219272

In order to see the pannier. If it works out that you want it, I live close to Anchorage and the pannier is safely tucked away in the shop. PM me if you are interested. Dick
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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Touratech zegas are big money, worth the money. My wife ripped one off my Buell. A few minutes with a ball peen hammer and a rivet gun, good as new. I use them on my Tiger now.
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