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Old 01-04-2009, 04:45 PM   #46
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1-So the SW Motech system will work with Caribou (Pellican) side cases?

2-Is there a fatter and thinner case with same two dimensions to get a assymetrical look?
1-Yes, if you order the right model. It should be obvious what to order, though.

2-No.

The left side with the caribou rack sticks out about 1-1.5" more. Barely noticable. I have no idea how the cases fit with non-caribou racks.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:55 AM   #47
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Slightly late to the game but IMHO, the Trax boxes are a perfect aesthetic and functional match for the GS800. I can EASILY fit a helmet into the 38L waterproof top box, and the angular (powdercoated black) aluminum construction matches the bike’s appearance better than any other luggage.

Don’t have the side cases yet, but asymmetric boxes are available.


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Old 01-06-2009, 05:39 PM   #48
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I only run with boxes a few time a year so size was not a deal breaker...I like the look of the SW set but I did not like the rack. I think Touratech rack it the best made....Metal Mule I say is equal but too price'ie



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Old 01-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #49
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The Happy Trails rack is constructed/welded just as well, made out of the same materials, and it doesn't stick out as far as the TT Rack. Those TT racks look like wind sails when they have bags mounted on them.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:34 PM   #50
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I'm pretty happy with the cases, rugged, sizable, but the bike's not TOO wide. My 17" laptop fits in the lid easily with room to spare...
I was TOTALLY sold on the caribous until I saw your pic. It looks like a pair of gloves just fits in the width of the case. Is this just a trick of the eye? Thanks.

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:37 AM   #51
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I was TOTALLY sold on the caribous until I saw your pic. It looks like a pair of gloves just fits in the width of the case. Is this just a trick of the eye? Thanks.
I don't know where you get that, looking at that pic, I'd say 3-4 gloves fit across the width. These point and shoots have small (wide anglish) lenses, though.

My MacBook Pro 17" laptop fits in the lid with an inch of spare room or so on each side.

These are NOT small cases. They aren't the deepest cases (can't fit a full face), but they hold WAY more than the luggage on my K1100LT or my HD Road King.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:35 PM   #52
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I don't know where you get that, looking at that pic, I'd say 3-4 gloves fit across the width. These point and shoots have small (wide anglish) lenses, though.

My MacBook Pro 17" laptop fits in the lid with an inch of spare room or so on each side.

These are NOT small cases. They aren't the deepest cases (can't fit a full face), but they hold WAY more than the luggage on my K1100LT or my HD Road King.
Ooops! Width actually should have been depth. Sorry. Good to know on the size though. In one of the pics, there's a pair of gloves to the far left (rear) of the case where it looks like they take up the whole depth of the case. At first blush, do you suppose that they would hold all the gear needed sans tent and sleeping bag for a well packed 20++ day voyage/odyssey?

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Old 01-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #53
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I like the looks of the Caribou cases. I've read there are three sizes but in L not much difference. Guess I would have to see each on a bike to decide.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:09 AM   #54
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The Caribou's come in 35L (Pelican 1550), 36L (Hardigg Storm iM2600), or 40L (SKB ATA 300 series).

Dimensions (courtesy of Caribou)

Pelican 1550: 35 liter (2,136 cu/in) Approx dimensions - External 52.6cm (20.7") x 43.7cm (17.2") x 21.8cm (8.6"); Internal 48cm (18.9") x 36.6cm (14.4") x 19.7cm (7.75")

Hardigg Storm: 36 liter (2,157 cu/in) -- External 53.8cm (21.2) x 40.6cm (16) x 21.6cm (8.5); Internal 50.8cm (20) x 35.6cm (14) x 19.6cm (7.7)

SKB 300: 40 Liter (2,441 cu/in) External 55.9cm (22) x 47cm (18.5) x 21.6cm (8.5); Internal 52.1cm (20.5) x 39.4cm (15.5) x 19.6cm (7.7)

As a comparison, the TraX 37L boxes are listed as 49 x 37 x 23 cm (probably external, since it computes to 41.7 liters).

You get to measure your own dang gloves
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:57 AM   #55
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I did not know that all three are not pelicans. I know pelican's reputation. Are the other two just as good or better?
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:40 PM   #56
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I did not know that all three are not pelicans. I know pelican's reputation. Are the other two just as good or better?
SKB is, IMO, equal or superior to Pelican. They've been making flight cases designed for abuse for years.

I hadn't heard of Hardigg Storm before. However, that's the size I bought. They're very well made and quite sturdy. They are the lightest of the three (although not by all that much). I have no concerns about the ruggedness. I strongly prefer the latches on the Storm to the crappy latches on Pelican cases.

I don't know about details on the SKB case. I think the 40L is too large personally.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:46 PM   #57
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1- In one of the pics, there's a pair of gloves to the far left (rear) of the case where it looks like they take up the whole depth of the case.
2- At first blush, do you suppose that they would hold all the gear needed sans tent and sleeping bag for a well packed 20++ day voyage/odyssey?

1: nah, I have a jacket liner and a bunch of stuff in there. Mainly padding so the laptop doesn't flop around. These are big cases, but not HUGE.

2: No idea. That depends on how and what you pack. I think I can fit my Intex Queen Size inflatable mattress in half a saddle bag (yet to verify that, though). On my K1100LT, it takes up 85% of one bag.

For what I pack (I don't cook), I have a big duffel in which I stuff my sleeping bag, the tent and two blankets. That will strap onto the top rack.

Given what I've packed before, I'll have TONS of room for extra stuff. Maybe bring some cooking stuff (coffee at least perhaps?). I won't be going on any long trips for a while, so it'll be a while before I know in detail what I can actually fit.

However, I can easily fit as much as I fit in my large trunk and side cases on the K1100LT or in the side bags and King Tour Pack on my Road King in both the 36L cases.

I know it'll be enough. I'm more worried about keeping it lean as I don't want to weigh the bike down packing a bunch of extra stuff.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:16 PM   #58
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So Hightech....... what's yer width?
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:24 AM   #59
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For what I pack (I don't cook), I have a big duffel in which I stuff my sleeping bag, the tent and two blankets. That will strap onto the top rack.

Given what I've packed before, I'll have TONS of room for extra stuff. Maybe bring some cooking stuff (coffee at least perhaps?). I won't be going on any long trips for a while, so it'll be a while before I know in detail what I can actually fit.

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I know it'll be enough. I'm more worried about keeping it lean as I don't want to weigh the bike down packing a bunch of extra stuff.
I have the feeling you've never backpacked... Get a better sleeping bag, leave the blankets at home, and you can pack the kitchen sink, or at least some coffee fixin's A Big Agnes REM mattress is about the size of a 24 oz beer and pretty comfy, too.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:01 PM   #60
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I have the feeling you've never backpacked... Get a better sleeping bag, leave the blankets at home, and you can pack the kitchen sink, or at least some coffee fixin's A Big Agnes REM mattress is about the size of a 24 oz beer and pretty comfy, too.
Well, after camping in a couple places and freezing my ass off in 30 degree weather, I pack a blanket. At least if there's any chance it'll be below 40 over night. It takes me 60-90 minutes depending on energy level to get up, get motivated and pack up camp. Adding cooking stuff, etc would only add to that. If I am staying some where more than 1 night, it might be worth the trouble, but for one night, forget it, I'd rather spend the time riding. :)

I used to use an REI thermarest type pad. It completely sucked except on grass. The queen size mattress takes up just as much space (although in a different shape and it weighs more) and I can actually get some sleep now.
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