I like to travel and camp with my Suzuki V-Strom motorcycle. This usually involves carrying a lot of gear such as a tent, sleeping bag, clothes, cooking supplies, etc. While many commercial luggage systems are available, many of them are not waterproof or particularly robust. It is common for adventure motorcyclists to modify Pelican cases for this purpose, often hard-mounting them to side racks on the bike.
I didn’t really like the idea of hard mounts, so I designed and fabricated a custom quick-release mounting system to attach cases to standard Givi side racks. The cases can be attached or removed in a matter of seconds like any commercial system, and the system also includes a locking mechanism to discourage casual theft (not shown in the video below).
- Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 4 Posted on: May 1, 2011
I made the other locking mechanism for the other piece of luggage this weekend and I made a little video showing some of the CNC process, as well as a clip showing the cases and locks in action.
- Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 3 Posted on: April 28, 2011
With the new riding season upon us, I decided it was time to try to finish up my Pelican case motorcycle luggage project that I started last summer. When I left off, the cases could be easily mounted and removed from the Givi racks on the bike, but there was no locking at all, leaving ...read more
- Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 2 Posted on: August 2, 2010
In a big push to get the Pelican luggage attached to the bike before a trip to the Delaware Water Gap, I spent a lot of evenings and a couple weekends frantically trying to finish a workable design and get it prototyped. As mentioned in the last post, I had what seemed like a workable ...read more
- Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 1 Posted on: July 13, 2010
The cramped cockpit and limited cargo options of my Kawasaki Ninja EX500 weren’t going to suit my long-term desires for a motorcycle, and I had long been bitten a bit by the adventure touring bug after watching the Long Way Round/Long Way Down series a few years ago. Having champagne tastes and more of a ...read more