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Well I finally make a major change to my burgie and put on some hard cases. The is my first major mod for the bike and given that I have average mechanical skills, I think I did OK. But I will let you just from the below.

Using Kiwi Daves mounts, I had 2 Aprillia hard side cases which I finally figured to secure to the mounts.

Here is the back view:

http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/mrwiz ... c.jpg.html

I used two L brackets holding a U bolt secured to the bottom of the case with a larger L bracket at the top of the case. The one on the non fuel filter side was bolted up tight using hollow steel spacers holding up a plate with a bolt through the middle of it to fill up the groove. Each of these were snugged up to hold it in place.

http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/mrwiz ... 1.jpg.html

I used the same bracket and bolt arrangement for the gas fill side with one exception. Instead of the metal spacer, I used a spring to both secure the bolted plate but still allow me to pull the case off easily...found the right compromise of tension and ease of movement.

http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/mrwiz ... 9.jpg.html

Here is a side shot of how it looks. The cases are a good color match and the bags look pretty much lke they belong on the bike. I use a cargo net and bungie to keep the cases from rattling back and forth since the L bracket is smaller than the slot and I didn't want to make it difficult to pull the left side bag off.

http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/mrwiz ... 5.jpg.html

And here is front view of the bag on the left side.

http://s1312.photobucket.com/user/mrwiz ... d.jpg.html

Been riding with it empty to make sure that there wasn't any issues I had to deal with..about 100+ miles later, I believe we are ready to load the bags. I am bought them cases to hold my tools, air pump, etc to free up the space taken up by that stuff under my seat. The transfer will happen this weekend and after I change the oil in the bike, I will take it out for a spin to see how it handled with the cases loaded.
 

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Fat yes :D ...I have an pair of Givi E360's back there...talk about FAT :D ...

But it sure is nice on overnight trips to just take the two cases off and you have all the essentials plus some for the hotel :thumbup:... for two

I usually run naked :roll: unless it is an overnight...the top case and under the seat more than suffice on most days :thumbup:

Bill
 

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The only problem is that I am now in the land of lane splitting and unfortunately with the cases, my opportunities have been limited by the increased hip girth.

LOL...but I will make due.
 

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Now peal off all the Suzuki markings and put Aprilia badges on.

Don't get too use to lane splitting, Come back up here and the WSP will be talking to ya. :evil:
 

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Dave_J said:
Now peal off all the Suzuki markings and put Aprilia badges on.
@ Dave, strange you should say that. Last week, I pulled up next to a Wee Strom which has Land Rover badges in place of the Suzuki ones on the tank. I thumbs up to the rider which put a bigger smile on his face.

Hmmm...aprillia badges....right now I am thinking about personalizing the bodywork with sharpie art.

As for WA lane splitting...I guess I will still have to resort to that old solution of speed.
 

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I see with LeDude's he has the factory exhaust with heat shield but yours has an aftermarket exhaust and it doesn't look like there's a heat shield on your muffler or on the luggage. Should one have a heat shield on the muffler or luggage for the right case?
 

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LeDude said:
welcome to the big bonned 650 club...

looks very nice, well done...

[attachment=0:rgjmm4og]diy side cases 01.JPG[/attachment:rgjmm4og]

here is my setup:



I put a set-up like yours on a C50 before.




Sorry for any thread hi-jacking. Don't want to change subject, just put in an interjection...........

.........and now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
 
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