Hey all, Newbie here having a huge dilemma. I thought that Id decided on everything. Started ordering the majority of my stuff. Now all of a sudden Im having huge reservations about the top box (or whatever its called). Ive read a ton and had settled on a Pelican 1550. Then I started trying to figure out what kind of a rack to order and for some reason the more I looked at different racks the more I started to think that I might be better off with one of those big waterproof duffel bags. I just bought a 2002 KLR 650 and am leaving for Central and South America in pretty much exactly two weeks (not set in stone but I picked a day and want to stay as close to that as possible) so I know I have to order all my stuff probably yesterday haha. I ordered the pack rat touring rack so Ill be able to take my side boxes off. And if I had a duffel bag, Id essentially be able to take just about everything off the bike. There are a bunch of places where Im going to be stopping for probably a week or more, Im a slow traveler normally, and with a motorcycle for some reason I feel like Ill want to go even slower. Im up in the air over security vs. convenience vs. I dont even know. I plan on camping a bunch, but I also plan on staying at different hostels and with friends along the way. I know I can lug everything in if I feel like it and keep it at a hostel. If Im camping I can take the duffel off and keep it in the tent, but Im more concerned with towns when Im en route and dont have anywhere to keep everything. Im not going to stay in every town, but Im sure Im going to want to walk around a bit here and there between stops and do some exploring. How safe would a duffel on the back be if I had it strapped down, or am I answering my own question now since that sounds a bit silly. Ill have my camera, phone etc. in my tank bag (and maybe my laptop too since its tiny and I think itd be safer up there) but you cant lock everything up in those damn boxes can you? Ive spent probably 2 years + traveling in South America and a decent amount of time in Central America, but never with a motorcycle, so just when I think I have it all figured out, the more I think about things the more I realize HOW different this trip is going to be. Sorry for the stupid question, this sadly kept me up all night! Also (because how could I just stop there) do I need to get a back rack for the bike? Eagle Mike one from reading about it sounds like its setup more for duffel bags? Would that be stupid to buy if Im mounting a top box? http://eaglemike.com/Rear-rack-for-A-Model-1987-2007-RCDR.htm which looks a bit similar to the Happy Trails one: http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/T2-Top-Plate-All-Years-KLR650.aspx (although from what I read Happy Trails takes a long time to ship so I might have missed my window on that) but looks COMPLETELY different than this: Is this made more for a top box? And if it is where am I supposed to drill? http://dirtracks.com/1987-2007-Kawasaki-KLR650-Large-rear-cargo-rack-0013.htm Help. Please!