New Pelican-based Luggage System

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by CaribouCases, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    I just purchased a Super Tenere last week and needed a luggage system. After giving a prolonged though, I went ahead an ordered my second set of cases from Caribou. I just can't reason purchasing an aluminum set.

    My last setup came installed on a new-used Vee while I still living in Colorado. The system held up great for almost 4 years while I owned the bike. The cases also helped save my bike from extensive damage when I was cut-off in traffic. A truck went to make a turn at the last second so I swerved and avoided a collision but ended up highsiding the bike. The bike landed flat on it's left side, causing the case to crack and shatter a chunk off. The only damage was the case and a heavy scrape on the fairing near the headlight. Imagine what the aluminum cases would've looked like after nearly 600 lbs. landing on it. After the compensation, I just purchased a new case from Caribou and was good to go.

    I've lost track how many times the cases have helped prop the bike from a dump. In most cases, the only thing needing a tweak after a drop was the compression latch tab. A few whacks with a mallet and it was good as new.

    The only thing I have to gripe about (and it's not about Caribou) is I wish Pelican offered more top loading case that are simple and not so robust like the 36L (similar to a rackmount but much slimmer and only opens from one side). Just a simple tub, lid, and lid latches. No need for rollers, strengthening gussets, or extra handles. On long trips, side loading gets old, fast. If it's just a weekend thing, I could care less. Loading groceries becomes a challenge at times when you're loading the side stand side. However, for the price, quality, Pelican case warranty, etc. you can't beat this system.

    Well, I do have one, small thing to gripe about with the Caribous. Over time the lanyards may brake. But, I could care less. A few bucks at Lowes for some braided steel cable, crimps, nuts, bolts, and a half hour of time will fix it. I had actually customized the lengths on the Vee that when the lids opened, they were level to the ground (providing the bike was on the side stand). Therefore, they acted as a tray while they were open. Again, hardly a gripe. I think I just abuse them more than I should, lol.
  2. deltamed

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    These are great pictures! Thanks for sharing them. Many of the folks who make panniers don't have NEARLY enough pics!!!!
  3. CaribouCases

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    Kind of a photo timeline of all the bikes I've owned, except the KTM:D
  4. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    Roger,

    Do you have a picture of the top case rack mounted on a '08+ GS Adventure? One of my rear fender washers doesn't fit right.

    Update: I was able to adjust the bolts a little more to make more room for the washer but it still doesn't fit flush. Here's my latest pics:

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    Notice right side rear fender washer does not fit flush. It hits up against the top case mounting bracket.
  5. CaribouCases

    CaribouCases Boulder CO

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    I think you will need to loosen all the bolts and slide the plate forward.

    -rog
  6. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    Rog,

    I did that. The first picture above is the best I could get.
  7. CaribouCases

    CaribouCases Boulder CO

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    Hi,

    Shoot me an email at roger@cariboucases.com and we'll get this figured out and taken care of. Thanks!

    -rog
  8. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    Ok will do. Thanks Rog!
  9. Chip_Morgan

    Chip_Morgan lieguy@gmail.com

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    First of all, let me say that I bought a complete set of Caribou cases last year (Top box and mount, panniers and mounts) to put on my Triumph Tiger 800 XC.....I love the cases!

    I used them when I rode that bike around the United States in September (8,400 miles) and didn't have one single problem...no water intrusion, no dust, latches worked well, everything was 100%.

    My question: I just bought a new Triumph 1200 Explorer XC and I want to transfer the cases to my new bike. The top plate is very different but the side racks look like they could work with a little tweaking....does anyone have any experience making this conversion?

    I could buy new racks but damn, $300 is a lot of money for someone with a new bike!

    Thanks,

    Chip
  10. CaribouCases

    CaribouCases Boulder CO

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    Hi Chip,

    You might be able to find a fabricator to convert the racks over for the new bike, but I think it would be easier and maybe even less expensive to sell the racks you have and get the new ones for the new bike. Perhaps someone has done the fabrication conversion and they can chime it.

    -rog
  11. Chip_Morgan

    Chip_Morgan lieguy@gmail.com

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    Thanks Roger
  12. CaribouCases

    CaribouCases Boulder CO

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    Introducing the new Caribou LED tail light kits!

    Brake and Running Lights Kit: The Caribou LED brake/running light bar kit will significanly increase your bike's visibility to drivers and riders following you. This high intensity 6" long light bar is designed to give greater visibility and conspicuity to your motorcycle. It is engineered to function in both high and low intensity brightness for both your running light and your brake light. Since many motorcycles have only one brake/running light bulb, these units also function as back-up brake and running lights, providing you a greater degree of safety. Mounting kit includes powder coated steel L-brackets designed to fit under a Caribou cargo plate or any flat cargo plate. Extension wires and connectors are provided along with mounting hardware. NOTE: On BMW bikes with the CAN-BUS system LED lights may cause an error code.
    Details:
    - 6 inch long dual intensity ultra bright red LEDs (18)
    - 12v DC, draws 250 ma
    - 3-wires (brake, running, ground), extension wires with crimp connectors provided
    - Black powder coated steel housing, all weather operation
    - Black powder coated steel L-brackets allow mounting under back end of flat cargo plates


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    Here is a KLR 650 with the regular brake light...
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    And here is the same bike with the LED brake light added...
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    LED brake lights do a great job of catching the attention of drivers and riders directly behind you. This is really a must-have product for today's dangerous streets and epidemic of distracted drivers.

    Brake, Running and Turn Signal Light Kit:
    Similar to the unit noted above except that this model utilizes 3 LED's on each end of the light bar for turn signals, so you have Brake, Running and Turn Signal LED lighting.


    Details:
    - 6 inch long dual intensity ultra bright red (12) and amber LEDs (6)
    - 12v DC, draws 250 ma
    - 5-wires (left turn, right turn, brake, running, ground), extension wires with crimp connectors provided
    - Black powder coated steel housing, all weather operation
    - Black powder coate steel L-brackets allow mounting under back end of flat cargo plates


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    For more information and to order please visit this page on our web site... http://cariboucases.com/LED-Lights/

    Thank you!

    -Roger
  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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  14. EPMD

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  15. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Oh! Wish that brake light was available when I purchased a few months ago! But I think it will still end up on my bike soon.
  16. Tourniquet

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    What is the average weight people carry in their top case?

    What is the maximum weight Caribou suggest that you carry?
  17. CaribouCases

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    No more than 15 lbs (6 kg) is our recommendation. However, we also recommend that you not exceed the carrying capacity of your bike.
  18. CaribouCases

    CaribouCases Boulder CO

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  19. bwphoto

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    Thinking about getting a set of 35L Pelicans for my '12 R1200GS. Anyone know if they are equal or less than the width of the handlebars when mounted w/ the Caribou Cases rack? Tried searching but found nothing.

    Any deals going on a rig for a 2012 GS to make room for 2013 gear?? :evil

    Thanks!
  20. slowgoer

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    I might add that the PDF file for install directions ref. the H-B racks on the Triumph Explorer 1200 have been unavailable for some time. That link on the site 40L case site brings you to an error "not found" message. Interested in seeing those. Thanks.