Zega Vs. Moto-Sport Aluminum cases

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Nom de Guerre, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. Tim

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    MotoSport Panniers

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    Exactly 30 inches wide.

    Also, when comparing prices make sure that you compare like with like, MS panniers come with liners and locks which are extras on the Zegas.
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  2. meat popsicle

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    Hey I can't remember if you were in on the Pelican discussions - if not then looksie below. this was jimjib's handywork but scottcolbath now owns the bike (i have never seen the bike in person...).

    his first thread:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6928&highlight=pelican
    another good one:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60857&page=2&pp=10&highlight=pelican

    more below :thumb

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  3. Nom de Guerre

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    KTiM, that bike looks sweet! Yours was the first one I saw with the MS panniers a while back I recall.

    Meat, I did see that thread, and have seen various pics of this solution, but I have decided against this route. For one thing, I want to be able to open the tops of the hard cases without taking the cases off the brackets. Another reason I'm not interested in doing the Pelican thing (and I know you guys are gonna think this is silly) is that in my line of work, Pelican cases are used extensively. I own several Pelicans in different sizes for various pieces of equipment I own. They are great cases, but I don't want to be reminded of work every time I look at my bike when I'm out in the middle of paradise.
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  4. meat popsicle

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    Hmmm, me no understandie? :dunno

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    opens w/out taking them off...

    not silly, I can understand you wanting to forget work while riding... however, if you land on commercial panniers the wrong way, they will die, and maybe take you rack or parts of your bike with them (from others testimonials). the idea with the pelicans is they are "nie invulnerable" (like The Tick :D) and with a breakaway mounting system they probably won't tear apart your rack or where the rack mounts to the bike in a fall (and they can be field repaired easily).

    just tryin to be helpful :nod
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    Anyone interested in Pelican cases but want a top open, there is always the marine case. It may be a bit narrow on the inside (and overly wide on the outside)... but they is cheap! :D
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  6. meat popsicle

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    i like that design too, but they are not going to hold alot. here is a pic with some standard stuff peeking out the top:

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    these are smaller than the standard 1550 that people have been using as panniers are a bit lower capacity than the 37L zegas I reckon based upon others statements but I would have to do some math to figure out the volume in Liters...

    another of the kool marine case (if only Pelican would make one a bit bigger... :evil

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    oh god not another hijack! - sorry LC4Pilot... :rolleyes
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    Really, that baby needs to be a bit wider... 5 inches inside is a bit snug for an 8.5 outside dimension. 6 inches inside would be a big improvement.
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    true, but i think that 8,5 might be the "widest" external, including the very interestin' clamp setup (note pics above). never saw that before - might be useful for mounting. i am going to stop by a pelican dealer here and see if they have one to inspect... :evil
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    I think the 8.5 includes all the assorted flanges and stuff that stick out. It looks like the basic body dimension is maybe 6.5 - 7... so at least they are narrow, if thats yer' cup-o-tea.
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  10. AusieRob

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    I had a real close look at these but they just don't work for me. I need the boxes to be at least 9" wide inside. I must have at least 1 "slab" total carrying capacity. That's 2 dozen beers for the non-Aussies out there. :1drink

    Hey Meat,
    I hear yar, they are a really good option and the product seams good and the pricing is great. But I wanted top loading as well as removable. Also my bike came with a Zega (TT) rack so that my starting point. If only the Marine cases were at least 3" wider on the inside I'd really consider them. Though I'd need to come up with a quick release thingy... And I'm on a serious count down to Baja trip 3 weekends to get everything done. :thumb
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  11. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Nate had the interior of his bedlinered :thumb
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  12. meat popsicle

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    i think 2 doz beers is a case 'round these parts ausie - but i was never paying that much attention. i like slab better - it's sounds like what it is :D

    yep, yer right rob, the pelicans are not optimized at'all. Funny that the Gobi's are plastic, yet the self-destructing type and much more expensive. a larger marine (1420) case is to die for :tb but who knows when that would happen. Wouldn't the 1600 side loader hold a slab? :lol3

    mounting is a trick still - some ideas floating around but still not optimized.
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  13. Nom de Guerre

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    I should have clarified... "without all my crap falling all over the place." If you pack like I do, and want to be able to rummage through stuff without dropping a lot of things on the ground, a top loading case is a better design.

    The Marine cases are cool, but as observed by many earlier in this thread they are a bit too small. They also still look too much like "work" to me.

    I understand the great point about being somewhat "breakaway," but I'll just take my chances. The theory (in my head at least) says that the challenging riding will be done after unloading my cases at camp sites, etc. I'm sure there will be plenty of exceptions though :eek1
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    :thumb

    the zegas or other commercial cases are fine for many - I just need a cheaper alternative and am excited to find out it may be the superior (structurally - not asthetically) alternative.

    really, i just would like something to carry stuff in - i might start with the pelican 1300 for a top case... :dunno but i would like to fit the panniers at the same time.

    what rack did you choose? just going with the brand specific?
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  15. Nom de Guerre

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    I'll probably go with the bracketry that AusieRob has. It sounds like the fit is tight and secure. Plus they are made as a system for this bike with hardware pre-mounted on the cases, so that's a plus.
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