Anybody Mounted A Pelican Top Box On F650GS ?

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  1. Bruce Caldwell

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    My 81 year old dad just picked up his new F650 twin yesterday & it's my job to figure out how to mount a Pelican on it. I believe we got the model # 1500. Anyway, I figured i'd have a sheet metal place near me cut me a 10 ga. aluminum plate to mount the box on similar to what I did years ago on my 1100GS although it's not as straight forward as mounting the plate on his bike as it was on my bike. If anyone has done something similar i'd like to see pics. thanks
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    easily removable, or semi-permanent? if you're going for something super simple, I think the backing plate with four bolts going down into the mounting points on the tail should work fine. you'd need spacers though
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    Try Caribou Cases, they make a luggage rack and a very good mounting solution for pelicans. My wife got their 34l case for her 650 twin. The 34l is not a pelican, but all their other cases are. The 34l fits her helmet. Very robust, high quality stuff, and for a good price.

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  4. WoodWorks

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    Here's what I did on my F800, mounted to a Touratech rack, though I'm betting that any kind of backing plate would do. You'd have to source the rear spacers somewhere.

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    Rubber washers sandwiched in between the fender washers keep it waterproof. Takes about 30 secs to unbolt for when I want to strap on a duffel, tent, etc. I got the lock from Roger at Caribou to match the locks on my Caribou 36L panniers. I didn't want a larger topbox. Too much weight back there is a bad idea.

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    I was just going to go the semi permanent route because even though the top case on my dad's previous bike (1200GS) was quickly removable, he never took it off anyway. Although the Caribou system does look interesting. But he got the Pelican for around $90 & I got to looking around in my shop & i've got some alum. plate that will probably work & plenty of spacer material. He already spent a good chunk of change on some Givi side cases so we're trying to save some money.
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    I'd bust out some spacers on the lathe, cut the backing plate and keep it cheap. I think the bolts are M8's, but I'd check on that first. throw a blob of silicone around the holes in the pelican to keep stuff dry and call it a day
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    yup, M8 bolts. somewhere around 55 - 60 mm depending on the length of the spacers
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    What size pelican box is that? I've been wanting to do the same on my rack but havn't decided on a size quite yet.
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    It's their iM2200. It used to the Hardigg iM2200, but they got bought out by Pelican. I keep all of my tire changing tools in there, as well as a small pump, chain lube, and a few other odds and ends. But it will hold all that AND a 1.75l bottle of Bombay Sapphire. :evil
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    Nice. I'm looking at the 1200 or IM2050. It's a bit smaller but I am thinking it would fit the tools for a trip, pump and a tombstone of gentleman jack.

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    I have the Pelican 1500 as my top case as well.
    I mounted it in a similar fashion to Woodworks (using the Touratech plate) except that I glued the washers to the inside bottom-inside of the Pelican case (so I wouldn't have extra loose parts) and used allen head screws to mount it. I put these "knobs" on the top of the cap screws to make the case removable:

    http://www.amazon.com/Shear-Loc-SLK-1000-Socket-L-Handle-Diameter/dp/B002DGEHNA

    On the bottom side I found that some "caged nuts" like these:

    http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Pack-Server-Cabinets-CABCAGENUTS/dp/accessories/B00009XT0G

    would snap into the slots of the Touratech plate.

    This makes the thing pretty easy to remove.

    I sometimes wish I had gone with the 1550 case, but the 1500 works OK most of the time. If I fold carefully, I can get my jacket in the case, along with a bit of mish-mash of maps and etc.

    I mounted the case such that the back of the case was even with the back of the Touratech plate. Doing so means that the case covers a few inches of the back of the seat meaning I could not ride two-up with the case installed. I rarely ride two-up anyway, and don't like the looks of the case sticking way out the back when it is not necessary.

    I also found that if a strap a small stuff bag to the front of the Pelican with soft stuff in it (jacket, extra clothes, ...) that it is just about perfect as a modest backrest ;-)
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    I've found that the Wolfman double-ended expedition duffel serves that purpose nicely. It's only 9" in diameter, and the double-ended openings make it easy to access without having to unstrap it.

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    Got a pick of it on the back of your bike? I've been looking at the different pelican options and can't decide between a few. The iM2200 looks kind of big for the rack I have. Here are the options I am looking at (biggest to smallest). Ideal based on my estimated measurements would be 13 x 10.5 x 5.5

    Narrowed it down to one of these. Leaning toward the IM 2100 or 1400 at the moment.

    iM2200 Pelican Storm Case Specifications
    Exterior Dimensions 16.20" x 12.70" x 6.60"
    Interior Dimensions 15.00" x 10.50" x 6.00" = 945

    iM2100 Pelican Storm Case Specifications
    Exterior Dimensions14.20" x 11.40" x 6.50"
    Interior Dimensions13.00" x 9.20" x 6.00" = 717.6

    Pelican 1400 Case Specifications
    Exterior Dimensions 13.37" x 11.62" x 6.00"
    Interior Dimensions 11.81" x 8.87" x 5.18" = 542.6

    iM2050 Pelican Storm Case Specifications
    Exterior Dimensions 11.80" x 9.80" x 4.70"
    Interior Dimensions 9.50" x 7.50" x 4.25" = 302.8 (sounds small!)
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    I'll snap some tomorrow when I get home from work... too dark now for me to get any good ones.

    I do not think the 1500 looks "out of place" on the bike.
    There is a local distributor close-by, one of these days if I get time I plan to ride by and borrow the 1550 to just set on the bike to see what it looks like...

    Pics tomorrow!
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    I don't think it looks out of place either. I made my own mounting plate but need to source some longer bolts sometime later today. I was able to mount the plate temporarily with two bolts just to see what it all looked like.
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    McMaster delivers fast!
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    Just picked up a used one...

    Went with the Pelican 1400 b/c it was closest to what I figure was the ideal size.
    Ext. 13.37" x 11.62" x 6.00"
    Int. 11.81" x 8.87" x 5.18" = 542.6

    Should fit all my tools, the airman pump and a bottle of whiskey. Comes with the foam insert stuff so I'll make a whiskey comfy-carry compartment. :lol3
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  18. Bruce Caldwell

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    Had to take a 20 mile drive to buy some 8mm x 65 bolts but I think this will work OK. Pops is happy with it.
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    Ok here are the pics I promised.
    I think I said earlier that I had the Pelican 1500, that was NOT correct, it is really the the 1520. It is mounted directly to the top of the Touratech plate with a thin slice of rubber in between to keep things from chaffing. It just clears the top surface of the passenger section of the seat by an inch or so ...

    I have small "strap loops" mounted to the top and front sides. I like to do things the hard way, so mounted the strap loops on the curved surfaces of the case, so I could not use regular fender washers to back up the mounting bolts. I had a scrap of hard copper tubing that matched the radius of the inside of the Pelican and quartered the pipe the long way on the band saw and used that to back up the bolts.

    To prevent leaks I used those metal washers with the rubber on the bottom (used for metal roofing) under the strap loops.

    If I ever get time, I'd like to try to key the case to use the ignition key, in the mean time I have a Seasamee lock that I can open in the dark by "feel".

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  20. Gangplank

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    Finally got around to mounting mine the other day. What I did was actually drill and tap the SW_Moto rear cargo plate. That way the it bolts down from inside the box into the plate and then I put a locknut on the bottom. I figure that is some good security feature. :D

    It will fit my tools and a bottle of whiskey. :D

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