Affordable hard side cases and top case?

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  1. moto joe

    moto joe moto joe

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    Hi guys,

    Long-time rider, but newbie when it comes to luggage options. I have a 2009 BMW G650GS. Right now I just have a soft tailbag that I use and a backpack at times.

    I'm looking to maybe upgrade to hard side cases/saddlebags and a hard top case, but don't even know where to begin. I know BMW has their own side cases and top case that I can buy, but I'm guessing there are more economical aftermarket options.

    I don't have the mounts either at this point. Is it possible to do this for $300 or is that a pipe dream? I'm guessing it will be more like $500+

    Thanks for any help or options!

    Joe
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  2. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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  3. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    The big expense will be the mounting brackets, once you have those it's easier to find or build boxes to fit

    You can get used cases and luggage fairly cheap
    I would look at used pelican cases, or plastic tool boxes for the cheapest because they are mass manufactured and there entry price when new is lower compared to motorcycle specific parts
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  4. vanseagal

    vanseagal Been here awhile

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    Sw motech quiclock pannier brackets and seahorse or similar cheap cases. Works brilliant and is cheap.
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  5. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    Tusk panniers are well build and reasonably priced. I'm really happy with mine
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  6. jfauerba

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    Generic pelican case at Sam's for $20.
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  7. Kayak Dancer

    Kayak Dancer Been here awhile

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    Try MCM electronics for very reasonable hard cases.
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  8. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Have them and wouldn't recommend they are sparsely riveted out of paper thin aluminum. One zero speed drop and they (TraX) leak. One of the Evo rack welds disintegrated somewhere on Alcan the quality is wanting to say nicely.

    @OP Tusks are probably your ticket just make sure to loctite locks and get used to scratches. They are cheap and sturdy for ADV use. Ugly too.

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  9. Pollack

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  10. CDN Rick

    CDN Rick Canoodia Eh?

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    Seahorse or any other knockoff Pelican Cases work very well.
    I've been searching for some toploading options. But so far I haven't found anything in a size that I'm willing to work with.
    Mounting brackets can be made with a little skill and a welder, or bought used.
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  11. williee

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    I have a GIVI v 47 on the top and GIVITREKKER 33 on the sides. Mounting brackets and all I think I paid right at $1000. Doesn't sound very affordable but BMW wanted 2500.[​IMG]


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  12. moto joe

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    Thank you everyone for all the options!
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  13. scarysharkface

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  14. Rick G

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    Shad makes some reasonably priced hard bags. Similar looking to Givi but about 30% cheaper.

    That's all I got. Good luck!

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  16. Twin headlight Ernie

    Twin headlight Ernie Custom fabricated dual sport accessories

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    Years ago I got run off the road on my Concours by a druck driver. Both saddlebags were destroyed and the insurance company totaled the bike. I made my own rear rack and used a pair of Pelican 1550's at $120.00 a side. Turned out real nice and I get a lot of complements. They are much tougher, roomier, and narrower than the stock bags.
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  17. rd400racer

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    Just completed this process on my new to me FZ1, and I did enough research to at least get an associates degree:D

    I went with a hybrid Givi set-up. I got the side case racks from some Canadian distributor through an Ebay sale. $140...Givi brand.

    Tail mount also Givi, I think it was about $95 for the rack arms and then the fancy Givi plate I got was $112 from Twisted Throttle.

    The cases themselves was where I spent the most research time. I started out with an Italian company called Motostorm. Everything I read said that they are great to deal with and ship everything to you fast (within 7 days) and for a really cheap shipping price. I almost pulled the trigger with these guys until somebody suggested I check out tourandride.com. These people are beyond incredible. They answered everyone of my questions concerning how everything was going to fit, they had prices damn close to the Italians, they are in the US so if there was a problem I figured it would be handled quicker and they shipped a load of gear to me in about 4 days. Unbelievable service.

    I finally settled on the Givi E22 side cases and a Kappa Garda 46 topcase. I was going to get the Kappa Garda 33 side cases, but figured that would be overkill. My brother also got the Kappa 44 top case for his Bandit. Kappa is supposed to be Givi's "budget" line but it looks perfectly substantial to me.

    By the way, the E22 sidecases were $215 for the pair and the 44 top case was $240. Bottom line, full luggage for this bike was $802, and that's from me researching everything I could to find the best price. I bought a Givi tank bag too but I didn't include that in the hard luggage pricing. Of course there's always the option of joining a brand specific forum and waiting for someone to sell used gear for your particular machine.

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  18. Reisen57

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    As others have mentioned, the Pelican cases are a great cost effective way to go. They are very tough, reasonably cheap, easy to replace if they are ruined, easy to lock with solid padlocks, and absolutely watertight.
    Roger, who owns and operates Caribou Cases http://cariboucases.com/ posts frequently here in the Vendors forum http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/new-pelican-based-luggage-system.102759/ and has lots of great options from do-it-yourself to full rack and case systems. He also makes nice liner bags that are a perfect fit for the Pelican cases, allowing you to easily bring the full contents of your case into your tent or motel room without detaching the cases themselves from the bike

    For my setup, I chose Touratech pannier racks ($399) for their quality and toughness. I bought the Touratech Pannier mounting kit (puck kit - $75 per case) and installed those myself on a couple of Pelican 1550 cases from Roger. There are cheaper puck kits out there which will fit the Touratech 18mm racks ( for example: http://www.coyotetrips.com/accessories/mounting-kit.html .) When I ride offroad, I switch to Wolfman Rocky Mountain soft panniers which fit very easily on the Touratech racks. I feel I have the best of both worlds (hard and soft cases for different needs) for less than the cost of a typical Aluminum case setup.
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  19. marksbonneville

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    I bought a set of the Sam's Club cases, heck of a deal, although they cost me $34
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