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Old August 6th, 2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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Another saddlebag option

Hi all,

There was a post on the 'other' Ducati forum by an air-cooled hyper owner who mounted a set of Pelican hard cases on his bike. His are permanently mounted, but I think I could use the OEM locks and fasteners to mount a pair to the Strada bag mounts. Might need a spacer or two, but it looks quite easy. And much more ADV style, compared to the stock bags!

The Pelican iM4520 cases have the following advantages:
(a) they should be narrower than the handlebars when installed - makes lane splitting ('filtering' to those in the UK) much lees scary.
(b) they are 100% air and watertight.
(c) they are securely lockable.
(d) they are nearly indestructible and will not turn purple in the sun.
(e) a pair is only $200 at various camera stores, without the foam inserts.

The only disadvantage I can think of is that they are only 9" deep so they won't hold a helmet. But they do hold 32 liters, have a lifetime warranty, and are made right here in the USA....

PS the lower fastener kits were quoted at $23 per side by my dealer, and another $170 for the lock kit. Might swap the latter back and forth, to keep the same key.

I'm attaching the pic, hope the OP doesn't mind!
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Old August 6th, 2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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I bought a Pelican case, 1490CC1, and a set of original HS bag mounting hardware. I plan to bolt the mounting points on the new case and take the lock part from my left original bag and be able to switch back and forth. Haven't started this project just yet. When successful I will post with photos.....
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Old August 6th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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I've lugged Pelican cases of all sizes across the globe in very harsh climates and they are definitely amazingly durable. They're go to kit for spec ops units going anywhere.

Other Pro's: The composite construction they use will hold up very well to drilling or cutting. I had one that did get cracked open in transit. I patched it with JB Weld and the fracture never stretched. So, you won't have to worry about stress fractures from mounting the latches.

Con's: I wouldn't say the color won't fade. They definitely get ashy in high use areas: latches, hinges, etc. Oh, and I wouldn't exactly say they're light. Durability will come with a weight penalty.

Overall, smart option. Plus I think they look cool.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 02:05 PM   #4
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As soon as I consider my OEM bags colour faded out (from black to purple) I will certainly give it a try.
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Doesn't look like it will fit any helmets?
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Old August 7th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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Doesn't look like it will fit any helmets?
Only ones like this....

I am also looking at the Pelican 1460 as a rear box, which appears just barely big enough for one full-face helmet. Unfortunately, the bigger ones are really heavy due to the handle and casters.

I have two Pelicans now, one with our now-ancient SLR kit and one with my field microscope (for koi pond calls, I am a certified Koi Health Advisor) and both are grey. They have been 100% durable and protective.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #7
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wait, oh never mind...

I made a cardboard template, and found a problem. I did not take a good look at the RH side, as the other side faces me when I am admiring it in my garage. The muffler is too high; the tops of the cases would have to be two or three inches above the seat and that is a deal breaker with the wifey. She has enough trouble climbing up there already.

I've only needed the bags once since I bought the bike more than a year ago, so I'm not losing any sleep about it. And they'll never fade in the box...
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Old August 18th, 2014, 11:26 AM   #8
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been thinking about this. My main concern is the mounting hardware uses a lot of plastic and am woried it will not hold up. I have not taken apart so any one know how solid the stock mounting hardware on the bags is ?

Also considering its just 3 bolt points, wondering if there is another mounting kit for pilicon cases we could use.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 04:48 AM   #9
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been thinking about this. My main concern is the mounting hardware uses a lot of plastic and am woried it will not hold up. I have not taken apart so any one know how solid the stock mounting hardware on the bags is ?

Also considering its just 3 bolt points, wondering if there is another mounting kit for pilicon cases we could use.
Have you taken a look at the hardware from the inside? There is a zipper on the inner liner for access. The bits look plenty strong for a reasonable load on semi-decent roads. That means no anvils, etc. and not too much washboard.

I gave my bags a test last summer, two-up with all our gear and clothing for five days in them plus the tankbag. We did some fire roads, and one stretch of 'pavement' that was 50% potholes. Thought I'd bent the front wheel a couple of times. No problems other than the usual sticky latch.

That said, these bikes are not serious ADV off road tourers. It's much more about style. If you want a really serious load-carrying off-roader I suggest you look at Rokon...
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