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Old 06-28-2009, 05:47 AM   #1
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Home Grown FZ1 Luggage Solution

Ever since I bought my 2008 Yamaha FZ1 this year, I've been thinking about luggage options for multi-day trips. I have a couple of small 20 to 25 litre tailbags which I use for day trips, but something larger, lockable, and completely watertight, was what I was after for longer trips.

Thanks to seeing how well my buddy Mike's Pelican case has held up on his bike, one of these world-famous gear cases was the obvious choice for me. While this type of case looks more utilitarian than the slick luggage offerings from Yamaha or Givi, the prices are hundreds lower, while the quality may actually be superior to the offerings from the dealer or aftermarket.

One of the things I like about modern sportbike style seats these days, is that they are usually a two-piece design, allowing the passenger seat to be removed separately. This allowed me to mount my Pelican case directly to the tail section of my bike, without the need for a rack of any kind. 99% of my riding is one-up adventuring, so this method of installation works just fine for me.

Another thing I like about the flat, suitcase style, Pelican case, over the more rounded topboxes offered by the dealer and aftermarket, is that it's the perfect platform to expand my luggage capacity, by adding my Rapid Transit tailbag on top, for a total capacity of 56 litres (Pelican case = 33 litres, Rapid Transit bag = 23 litres).

I rubber-mounted the Pelican case at four points, and secured everything in place with a couple of j-bolts that I attached to the rear subframe, using a 10 mm thick block of steel to keep evrything aligned. A little trimming of the bike's tool tray, and a couple of holes drilled through the bottom of the Pelican case, and I was done. I didn't even have to drill any holes through the bike, since there were two holes already there where I needed them drilled through the subframe's steel plate. I used wingnuts inside the Pelican case, to make for quick and easy installation and removal of the case.

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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Pretty slick, almost looks "factory".
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:34 AM   #3
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I guess if you wanted to use the passenger seat, you could always place your case on a "plate" mounted aft. Nice looking rig!
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:57 PM   #4
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Damn, that's a nice looking bike. Nice job on the luggage too.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:02 AM   #5
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Nice set-up !
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:21 AM   #6
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Awesome job! I love DIY solutions.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:13 AM   #7
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A few minor improvements...

I added two more j-bolts which are hooked around the forward seat anchor points, installed an alloy plate across the two rear bolts to tie them together, and added some high-density foam fencing so clothing won't snag on the wingnuts, and other items in the case can't bump into and loosen the wingnuts...



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Old 07-03-2009, 01:09 AM   #8
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Nice results!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:09 AM   #9
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Looks like I'll be going with a whole new 2.0 version of this installation...

To my complete shock and surprise, the stock passenger seat assembly only costs $88.00 CDN from Yamaha! I figured it would be a $200.00 to $250.00 item, the way motorcycle body parts pricing goes.

Anyhow...

I can bolt the seat pan to the underside of the Pelican case, and it will snap right in place, like the seat does, and be quickly and easily released using the ignition key.

I'll be sure to post some photos, once I have this little mod updated.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:28 PM   #10
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Version 2.0

I rec'd my new passenger seat from Yamaha on Monday, installed it on my bike, and proceeded to remove the cover and foam from the original. A couple of hockey pucks shaped to my specs with the help of my bandsaw, and some stainless steel hardware, and I had the seat-pan firmly attached to my Pelican 1550 case.

Now the case can be attached in seconds, by removing the passenger seat, installing the case in it's place, and simply pressing down until the seat-lock mechanism produces an audible click. The case can be removed with a twist of the ignition key in the seat-lock release which is located on the FZ1's left side panel. No screwing a round with tools and hardware to install or remove the case, and the case is securely locked to the bike while installed. And it's even better than after market luggage, which has a separate key. One key serves both the ignition and the luggage with this set-up.

Here's some photos of the latest set-up...











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Old 07-25-2009, 04:44 AM   #11
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Now THAT is the most elegant solution I've seen for a Pelican case on a bike yet! Looks great!
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:07 AM   #12
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Thank you.

It seemed like an obvious idea to try to me, considering the pessenger seat assembly can be had so cheaply from Yamaha. The hockey pucks and the stainless steel hardware only cost me about ten bucks, too.
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