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Old 11-19-2004, 03:19 AM   #16
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Mermites anyone?

Don't forget the mermite boxes available from various ex-army surplus stores in the US. Cheap for those there (most of you guys) but freight makes them impossible for anybody overseas. There is a longish thread for a KLR with them on and they give it a kinda military look!

The other factor to consider is sacrificiality! When one is in a major ding (accident), it may be better to have a pannier or pannier support absorb the impact, yield or even break before the serious failure of something far more expensive like, say a subframe. My 03 640 adv had a pair of Zega's on it and was in some sort of accident (previous owner's - I bought it at a salvage auction cheapish) which almost completely caved in the outer face of the 41 litre box. The 5mm bolt that screws into the RHS top subframe bent and only slightly bent the top subframe say 5mm inwards and gave it a twist of approximately 5 degrees anticlockwise - easy to fix!. New Zega is likely to be cheaper than new subframe in worse case scenario!

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Old 11-19-2004, 01:03 PM   #17
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Good point about the width of the KTM rack and the plastic Gobi bags Mack. I was looking at the width of the KTM rack on the 950 at the bike show and noticed that that too had alot of "wasted" space but I guess that that is allowing for the plastic bags alongside the hot cats.
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Old 11-19-2004, 09:49 PM   #18
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Markjenn,
If you're looking for a rack with "standoffs" for soft luggage,
check out www.promotobillet.com. I bought their rack setup for my KTM 625 SXC (same mounts as LC4), and it is one sweet piece of workmanship. I'll try to get a pic uploaded, but in the meantime, consider it a Quality piece of kit.
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:00 PM   #19
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That promoto stuff looks nice, but the full rack/pannier protector combo is $260, too pricey for my blood. The protectors are more reasonable at $75, but I don't know if that is per side and it sure looks like they need the rack to attach to. I may give them a call.

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Old 11-20-2004, 10:32 AM   #20
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What is the consensus on Pelican size? Are those 1600 or 1550?
I would PM jimjib or scottcolbath (sp?) the new owner of that bike. Or measure how big you want them and pick the pelican cases to fit.
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Old 11-20-2004, 06:05 PM   #21
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This is my ideal setup. This is jimjib's setup, now owned by someone else here (speak up!):
That be my bike now. When I got it from Jim, it only had the side cases. Just this weekend, I decided that for daily use I did not need the side cases, and instead I put one of them on the luggage rack and removed the side case frame and hardware. Pic below.

I mounted the Pelican by drilling four holes in the case (sorry, I hate the word "pannier" and using some steel straps I found at Ace, I put those beneath the bars on the rack and ran the bolts up to the bag. It appears sturdy. I may ride Box Canyon tomorrow for a test.

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Old 11-20-2004, 06:22 PM   #22
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Hey S.C., What size are the cases you are using? I am thinking of getting 1550. The 1600 seem like they would be overkill, if I have the space I will fill it, if I don't I will streamline the kit. Also, I have used pelicans for carrying camera gear on airplanes, but have never picked up an empty 1550. Do you think these are heavier than a comparably sized aluminum case?(ie Jesse or Happy Trail)
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Old 11-20-2004, 09:43 PM   #23
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G., the cases are 1520s. They sure seem light to me, but I can't compare to anything else. What I will say is that I wouldn't worry too much over a few pounds. A big breakfast and a full gas tank probably make a bigger difference. :)

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Old 02-03-2005, 07:21 AM   #24
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G., the cases are 1520s. They sure seem light to me, but I can't compare to anything else. What I will say is that I wouldn't worry too much over a few pounds. A big breakfast and a full gas tank probably make a bigger difference. :)

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HT has weights listed
I think it was 9-10ish lbs depending on size
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Old 02-03-2005, 07:41 AM   #25
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HT has weights listed
I think it was 9-10ish lbs depending on size
the pelicans are probably heavier than any true pannier available

but they are infinitely more impact resistant

that makes the weight worthwhile
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:34 AM   #26
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I have a set of the KTM (factory) pannier racks that came with my new/used '02 640. I was thinking about cleaning them up and putting them in the Flea Market soon when I saw this thread. They need some minor repair (one broken weld from vibration, not crash) and maybe a repaint. I was going to do this before putting them up for sale but if anyone wants to save me the trouble - make me an offer.

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Old 07-14-2006, 12:03 PM   #27
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New Pelican Top Loader

Pelican 1440 Top Loader

They run a tad over 2000 cubic inches inside, or about 33L; more than double the 1430, which everyone wanted to see larger. Whoop, dere it is!


Here is one source:
http://www.pelican-case.com/1440-black.html
$124.95 ea.
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:28 PM   #28
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:30 PM   #29
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:26 PM   #30
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I've converted over to soft luggage for the 640...right now I have an HT rack, but I just use it to keep my Ortlieb soft bags off the muffler and tire. I don't think I will ever go back to hard luggage for my off-road bike...the Ortliebs hold plenty, are secure on the bike, are totally waterproof, have survived (too) many crashes, weigh less than 1/4 of what most hard cases do (which helps to keep the bike handling well), and you can buy 5 sets of them for what most hard luggage would cost you...

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