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Old 07-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #16
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You may be able to find a good deal on second hand Jesse cases. I almost bought a set from an inmate in the flea market, but went with the BMW Adventure cases instead. They stick out a lot farther than the Jesses, but it's nice having one key that does it all and keeping the ability to mount a camel tank if I want to. Besides, here in NH, I can't split lanes, so a little width isn't a deal breaker. If I lived in CA, Id definitely go with Jesses.

I loved the Jesses on my Strom. Rugged, badass, and cavernous. I could fit my 1-piece 'Stich in one case with room to spare, perfect for locking up your gear when you want to walk around.

They are a bit heavy, but most of the weight is pretty low.

I almost went with Happy Trail cases, too. They're less expensive, and everyone who has them raves about them. You could probably mount them to that rack you bought.

Or, you could get some Givi cases and mount them to the rack they belong on. I had a Givi 42L top case and it survived when I totaled my Strom. If it were a sidecase, it wouldn't have, but it took a good hit all the same and went bouncing down the highway at 70 mph, and it's still functional. Has a big scar, but, hey, so do I. And, the shape of the Givi allowed me to put my full-face helmet inside. They're not as rugged or badass as aluminum cases, but they are surprisingly rugged and very functional. You could vinyl wrap them in something cool looking to give them some style... like digi-cammo.
The digi camo wrap would be cool! Thanks for the info - I'm leaning toward pelican cases, I had them on a KLR years ago and they are bomb proof for the most part. Twisted throttle has new im2600s for $121, the ones I've found used are about that by the time you pay shipping. The brackets for mounting are dang pricey, but not worth trying to MacGyver. The cheapest thing on a BMW is the rider, aka me! Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #17
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I have a set of Jessee Safari cases that are 1 year old without a scratch on them. I am probably going to part out a bike I am trying to sell. Shoot me an email and I'll send you a list and pictures. GH ghchhisc@gmail.com
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:13 PM   #18
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I'll give my 2 cents since I've owned both Jesse Bags and Happy Trails. I prefer...wait...Jesse Bags. Both are top loaders which I prefer but the Jesse bags and rack are bomb-proof...as I've gone down off-road on both. The weak point of the Happy Trails bags are the rack as they suffered some good damage. I don't think I'm prone to dumping my bike. I just take my 800GS where it was intended and shit happens. I also prefer the hinged top on the Jesse Bags plus they can be more easily taken off the bike and used for a make-shift table if you like to rough-camp in the middle of nowhere. I probably should own some plastic boxes as I like to push it since they seem to withstand a fall better...but I don't like side loaders as my stuff will fall all over the place.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the advice and sources for stuff. I pulled the trigger on a set of im2600s from twisted throttle. They seem like the best deal I could find, I need to be outfitted by the 24th of this month.

Again, thanks!
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