I can't leave well-enough alone. I don't know what's wrong (or right, as I prefer to think about it) with me. I always need to "fix" something. This winter, it'll be my panniers. I own an '01 R1150GS and the previous owner put a matching 3-piece set of Happy Trails boxes on the bike. I like 'em. They have served me well. But I can't stand all of the missing storage on the exhaust side of the bike. So I decided that I'd lower the exhaust and get a full size box for the left side. Then I got to thinking some more (this is dangerous for me) and decided, "what the hell? why not build my own 3-piece set and make it exactly what I want it to be?" I figured I'd share my little adventure here. Maybe someone learns something from it. Maybe someone teaches me instead. Maybe y'all get a little chuckle out of it. At any rate, I'll be posting as I go. Follow along if you like. Please feel free to pitch in with any suggestions, ideas, tips or tricks that you might have! One last thing: this is not likely to be your typical home-build. I do custom sheet metal work for a living and will likely end up making things as complex as possible and as hard to pull off as possible (see above: can't leave well enough alone comment). I intend to beef up the mounts just a hair, thicken the wall of the box a little and alter the tail bag size so that I can fit my helmet inside of it in addition to having it serve as a back rest for the wife.