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Old 10-28-2005, 05:52 AM   #1
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Thumb New Pelican-based Luggage System

Introducing Caribou Adventure Motorcycle Luggage Systems. The world's toughest and most waterproof motorcycle luggage, and the Original Pelican-Based Motorcycle Luggage Company. The beginning of this thread is updated regularly, so please read this part first.

Current Product Line:
-Side cases in 25 Liter, 35 Liter, 36 Liter, and 40 Liter case sizes, both top loading and side loading available.
-Rear top cases in 25 Liter, 34 Liter, 35 Liter, and 40 Liter sizes.
-COMMANDO hybrid soft bags in 35 liter size.
-Side Case systems designed for Hepco Becker, SW Motech EVO and Givi side luggage racks in 5 different case sizes including COMMANDO hybrid soft bags.
-Rear cargo plate.
-Do It Yourself mounting kits for side luggage and top cases.
-Accessories including our Custom Case Liners, Inner Bags, Tie-Down Brackets, ROK Straps, SOLAS Reflective Tape Kits, Lid Organizers, Top Case Back Rest Pads, and more.
-Glove Box Liners for Vespa Scooters

Our luggage fits most Adventure Touring and Dual Sport bikes including BMW GS bikes, Kawasaki KLR 650 and Versys, KTM 950/990 and 1190 Adventure, Suzuki V-Strom DL650/Adventure and DL1000, Triumph Tiger 800XC and 1200 Explorer, Honda NC700X and CB500X, Yamaha Super Tenere and many more. Our side luggage kits will fit just about any bike with Hepco Becker, SW Motech EVO and Givi Monokey side luggage racks. Or if you prefer, order just any parts that you need to create a luggage system that fits your budget and style.

Product Details:
Caribou Luggage is based on Pelican an other military-style cases constructed of ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin featuring heavy-duty watertight o-ring lid seal. They will not crack or shatter like hard plastic or deform & leak like aluminum – even in extreme temperatures. With heavy-duty hinges and latches, caribou cases are nearly indestructible and guaranteed for life. You break it, we replace it free (except shipping costs).

We integrate waterproof lid locks with our own heavy duty catch hardware for security and pry resistance, no generic off-the-shelf cheap parts here…

Dual lid lanyards keep the lid from swinging all the way down when the case is opened. Elastic straps with a center clip to hold your gear into the main cavity of the case. All standard features of our complete systems, pre-installed….

Our Lid Lanyards have a snap button so you can disconnect them and open the lid completely for easy packing

Optional Caribou Case Liners give you the best of both worlds of top loading and side loading motorcycle luggage – when you open the case nothing falls out, you can see and access all of your gear easily, and you can leave long items strapped across the rear seat and still get the case open. These liners are made of a strong, weatherproof, mold/mildew and UV resistant material that resists creasing so it doesn’t get caught in the lid seal when you close the case. Snap buttons on the liners and case lid allow you to lay the case flat with the lid fully open. They are pre-installed when ordered as an option/accessory with a new set of Caribou side case luggage, and they are retro-fittable to existing Caribou side cases.

Optional Caribou Inner Bags make packing and carrying your gear a cinch. High quality ballistic nylon with 3/4 length zipper, one outer mesh pocket, one closed outer zip pocket, and handle…

Other accessories include Tie Down Brackets, ROK Straps, SOLAS reflective tape kits, Lid Organizers, LED Brake and Turn Signal Light Bars and more...

The cases remain totally waterproof after all of our modifications, tested to the extreme submerged in an ice-cold mountain creek for 30 minutes and not a drop inside…

All cases have heavy duty handles with rubber padding. Waterproof air valve automatically equalizes pressure as you change altitudes.

The Caribou latch has a key lock for security that is matched to the lid lock key. A 180 degree turn of the wing knob creates a dual action that holds the case completely tight to the luggage rack. No movement or rattles of any kind, and unlike “puck” or spring-pin fastening devices, the Caribou latch is adjustable to account for normal wear and keep cases tight over many years and many thousands of miles. Turn the wing knob and lift the case off, it is that easy. All heavy gage steel, no flimsy plastic parts holding the case to the bike.

Hepco Becker side rack and Caribou quick attach/release latch...

Understand that if you crash hard, these cases are not going to break, they are simply too tough. The force instead is transferred to the luggage rack and the bike’s sub-frame. Therefore, we designed the latch to break-away upon high impact and be field replaceable. Better to break an easily replaceable $25 part than the expensive luggage rack or even more expensive sub-frame of the bike. No other luggage system offers this feature. This is critical when using super tough Pelican Storm and SKB cases…

Today our complete side case systems come with German-made Hepco Becker racks, they are the best designed and strongest racks you will find. Most of the HB racks are the "Lock-It" type that are easily removed in a few minutes leaving behind small, discreet attachment plates.

Caribou luggage is designed to allow plenty of room for the passenger’s foot and leg for comfortable 2-up riding …

All Caribou side luggage systems are designed to hug the bike’s frame for a narrow width, about 38” side-to-side across the cases (give or take an inch depending on bike). Note that our 36L top loading cases add 4" to that overall width…

Caribou 25L, 35L and 40L Top Case systems feature an external latch system. The 34L top case utilizes an internal QFS™ quick attach/release. All systems include an integrated waterproof case lid lock, bike-specific mount hardware and a rigid aircraft grade aluminum cargo plate.

External latch system...

Internal Latch System for the 34L case only...

Our 34L Rear Top Case holds a full size helmet with room to spare for a mesh jacket...

You have lots of options because we make side luggage panniers designed to fit Hepco Becker, SW Motech EVO, and Givi Monokey side luggage racks. All of our case and mounting systems have the same industry leading features: rugged design with steel parts, quick attach/release, lockable, field replaceable break-away latch. This offers a significant luggage upgrade that is very affordable, especially if you already have one of these racks. Our side luggage case mount system is also available separately as a DIY kit..

Caribou Quick Attach/Release mount kits for Pelican cases on Givi Monokey and SW Motech EVO Racks...

Caribou 35L (Pelican 1550) side luggage on Givi racks and the Versys...

Caribou Side Case Pannier Mount Hardware for Hepco Becker Racks...

Our 36L Top loaders with Hepco Becker side racks...

Our new COMMANDO hybrid soft bags give you the waterproof-ness and quick attach/release/locking features of a hard bag with the light weight, low cost, and flexibility of soft bags. An inner plastic reinforcement panel, heavy duty 32 oz PVC material, roll top closure, and big 35 Liter per bag capacity are a "go anywhere" solution. Available in a complete system with side racks, or as a "bags + mount" kit for Hepco Becker, SW Motech EVO and GIVI side racks.

We don’t just cobble together off-the-shelf parts or attempt to cheaply copy other manufacturer's designs. Caribou Luggage is professionally engineered, tested and manufactured for reliability, quality and safety and is proudly made here in the USA...

Caribou luggage has been tested tough over hundreds of thousands of miles by riders all over the world including our own real-world product testing in Colorado and the brutal back roads of Baja Mexico. When it comes to protecting your gear and your safety, stick with the Pelican Case luggage professionals – Caribou Luggage Systems…

Please visit our web site at for more information and to order. You may call us at 303-786-8947 from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday thru Saturday Mountain Time. Also check out our Videos and the Caribou Lugggae FAQ

Thank you!


Caribou Luggage Systems.

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Old 10-28-2005, 05:58 AM   #2
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Beautiful system and it looks like they'll be durable as all hell too!!! Great job on the R&D.
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Old 10-28-2005, 06:11 AM   #3
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Good job Roger!

Nicely integrated and the locks look great!

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Old 10-28-2005, 06:16 AM   #4
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Excellent work. Love the mounting system.
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Old 10-28-2005, 06:20 AM   #5
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Looks great, looking foward to the KLR system
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Old 10-28-2005, 06:36 AM   #6
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Makes me wish I had a GS just to have that beautiful set up. Well done!!
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Old 10-28-2005, 06:19 AM   #7
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Need a product tester? I'll let you know how durable they are...


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Old 10-28-2005, 08:45 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Steverino
Need a product tester? I'll let you know how durable they are...

That's a BIG ROGER! on the Above Comment! If Steve-O can't hurt them, Nobody can! .........Seriously!

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Old 10-28-2005, 08:59 AM   #9
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Nice job
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Old 10-28-2005, 09:08 AM   #10
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I've been waiting for years for something like this. BMW, TT, Jessie, and HB should be crying right about now! Excellent work. I'll be ordering mine come February. Thanks for giving us a better option than over priced Aluminum.

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Old 10-28-2005, 10:21 AM   #11
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Very nice work!

Couple of questions:

How do the cases themselves compare, weight-wise, to the System cases? A comparably sized aluminium pannier?

Also, does Pelican make any top-opening cases? (similar to those KTM 950 cases)

Thanks. I'll be looking you up when I get my KLR 6-fiddy.
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:58 AM   #12
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Roger - I see you made it to Dinosaur NM. How'd you like it?
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:01 PM   #13
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How about racks for the 640? I haven't been able to find a bag system I really like for that bike (at least not one that's reasonably priced).
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:05 PM   #14
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They look great!!! Just what I've been looking for! Put me in line for a set when you get them done for the KLR650!!!!
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:16 PM   #15
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What about the Old Skool Airheads?

Nice job, any plans to expand your market to include us R100GS/PD riders?
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