New Pelican-based Luggage System

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  1. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    any feedback on whether or not pillions think the back rest is comfortable on the 34ltr top case? Most cases have a pad at the top of the case but this one the pad is in the middle with nothing on the top. Seems like pillions would be leaning on the top.
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    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    I read your blog and the one thing you mentioned about the HB racks looking skimpy has always been a concern of mine. I want something solid and that doesn't rattle when off road. Other racks just look more sturdy. I'm in the research phase myself. I think I've narrowed it to this setup for my 800xc except I want the top loaders. Just need some more confidence to pull the trigger.

  3. CaribouCases

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    I think it is better to have the back rest pad contact lower rather than up high on adventure touring bikes. In a get-off I think it is safer to have the back rest low. That's why ours are positioned where they are. Hope this explains it. Thank you.

    -roger
  4. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    but what about comfort for the pillion? Anyone tried it?
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    My wife thinks it is fine, and we've not had much feedback either way. If you are used to a back rest that comes up far enough to actually recline on then ours is probably not going to work for you. Our 34L top case probably has the pad up the highest of all our cases because it is a taller case, but it still is designed to support the lower back only. Personally I don't think it is comfortable to lean back against a high back rest, I would rather have my lower lumbar region supported. Our pad also has a flap in the back so you can add more foam and make it more firm if you prefer.

    -rog
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    Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question...

    I currently have a first-generation Caribou system with Pelican 1550 cases. They've served me well.

    I have the potential of a two-up round the world trip in the works. I was looking for a little more luggage space.

    Has anyone used both the 1550 cases and the SKB 40 liter cases? I'm curious about how much more usable space is in the SKB cases. Five liters sounds significant, but if you compare the measurements, it's barely an inch bigger in a couple of dimensions.

    Will I notice a difference between the 1550 cases and the SKB?

    Jamie
  8. uaza

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    I searched EVERYWHERE and cannot find a side by side comparison with the pelican 1550 and 1520..can anyone chime in?

    by looking at the photos, looks like the 1550 is too big.. but I'm afraid the 1520 will be too small (is it really just 25L?)

    btw - to be used as side panniers for a tiger 800xc
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    Yes Jamie, you will indeed notice a significant difference between the 35L and 40L cases as far as how much stuff you can get into them. That 5L extra space really makes a difference, but a lot can be said for packing light and as little as possible. Personally I do not need 40L for any length of trip, that is as long as I am not carrying a passenger.

    -rog
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    I'll take a photo tomorrow and post it. The 1550 (35L) is about medium size for side cases. Not too big at all for the Tiger 800. The 1520 at 25L offers pretty limited space for a side case, but it works well for a smaller top case.

    -rog
  11. Jamie Z

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    Roger, you have it exactly. I'm looking at a two-up trip and my packing rule is that everything has to go inside the luggage. I've read too many reports of people losing items or getting stuff stolen that wasn't packed properly.

    I'm also a light packer, but camping gear, clothes, and other essentials for two people is going to stretch my current setup.

    I have 115 liters of hard luggage. With the larger side cases and slightly larger top case, I can push that to a bit more than 130 liters, which should be enough.

    Thank you for the comments about the 40 liter cases. You'll be hearing from me in about a year.

    Jamie
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    Here are the comparison photos of the Pelican 1550 (35 Liter) and 1520 (25 Liter) cases we offer...
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    Hope this is helpful, thank you.

    -roger
  13. uaza

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    Hi Roger.. thanks for the photos.. apparently the size difference is bigger than i expected just by looking at the measurements... now I'm even more confused :rofl

    I'll call you in a day or two so we can arrange everything.
    thanks
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    For those than have been patiently waiting, our 40 liter side luggage and top cases are now back in stock! Please visit http://cariboucases.com/ for more information and to order. Thank you!

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    One thing I have found helpful when luggage shopping for my last two bike... Make cardboard mockups of the luggage you are looking to get, then tape to bike or have someone hold in position. Gives a good idea of what to expect when the good arrive.
  16. uaza

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    just ordered the caribou pelican 1550 - 35l ones! thank you for the great service.... I'll post photos when they arrive and get mounted. :clap
  17. aaron2a

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    I'm looking at getting the caribou quick release mount but Im not sure which do-it-yourself kit to get. They all seem to be labeled for specific rack systems, but since nobody makes a rack for my bike I will have to start from scratch. I'm wondering which system has the smallest mounting area. I would like the mounting hoop (not sure of the technical term) to be based on the wolfman rack. Is there a system to work with these hoops? Btw I ride a 08 husqvarna sm610 if anyone wants to fabricate my side racks :thumbup: Im wanting to keep the racks themselves as small as possible so that when I have the cases off the rack won't be too distracting/"in your face" for lack of a better phrase :)

    Also do you have a deal on the quick release kit with two side cases (without the rack unless yall can make one for my bike)
  18. CaribouCases

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    If you are going to make your own rack, it helps to start with a set of "hoops" - the rectangular sides of the rack that cases latch on to. This will allow you to use one of our DIY kits for Givi, Motech or Hepco Becker side racks. I would try to find a used set of racks, cut off the struts and parts that attach to the specific bike, and make new struts and parts for your bike.

    We don't make a mount kit for the old Wolfman racks, and the smallest rack I think is Givi so I would start with those.
    -rog
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    aaron2a supermoto hooligan

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    Thanks! Now to find some old givi racks
  20. eakins

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    1550 work best with mult-cycl adv bikes
    1520 work best with 650 dual sport thumpers.
    i'd go with the 1550 and then use the optional liners.