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In what you all will learn is a never-ending series of bad ideas from me, I’m going to attempt to mount a Pelican 1620 case to the luggage rack on my 18 Goldwing. It’s bigger than the trunk I had on my Harley, and I think will meet all my storage needs. I’ll post updates as I inevitably fail miserably, and take pictures as it goes. I’m not crafty, mechanically inclined, or even that smart. Here goes nothing!




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I plan on mounting the 1607 air to the top of my rear aux fuel tank. The air is a few inches smaller diameter but a bit lighter due to it being the air series. I specifically bought a non tour because I can have an aux cell and a pelican box with more storage that I can wheel into a hotel room compared to the tour trunks.

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Yeah I don’t know about mounting it to the weak luggage rack. Mine is being mounted with custom Cnc brackets right to the mounting area of where the rear trunk would attach.
 

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I totally get form and function, but adding that box to your beautiful bike is something I could never do. There are quite a few top boxes including Shad that look very nice on the bike. But I understand everyone has different needs, opinions, and budgets. Good luck!

Here is the box I mentioned.

https://www.shadusa.com/collections/sh58x-expandable

https://www.shadusa.com/products/goldwing-f6b-18-top-mount
Looks like those are smaller than the pelican box? My wife’s FJR has a givi 52l box...the lid doesn’t like to shut right and feels clunky and thin plastic. I had to take the lid apart to fix the latch and it still shuts poorly. It also jammed and trapped a whole bunch of my stuff inside right before a rally and I had to use a screwdriver to basically pry it open.

The pelican is much more bulletproof and dependable. It has more room. It has wheels and can be wheeled into a hotel room compared to the givi/shad boxes that need to be carried. Also, I plan on mounting a luggage rack to the top of the pelican box that can hold my backpacking sized tent and sleeping bags (not heavy stuff but definitely bulky). Sure, the shad/givi boxes look better...but in my case function/form.
 

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Like I said there form and then there is function. No disrespect was meant. I have used the Givi E55 with outstanding results, adding the Admore lighting. I do not know if Givi has a kit for the 18 Wing. I had a Shad but prefered the Givi for its quality. I just remembered seing a member here who had added a Shad. If you want to bolt an ugly black rectangular box to your bike I am definitely not telling you what to do. Its certainly your bike and you should do whatever makes you happy and satisfies your needs.
 

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All done! Took three 18x8 pieces of 16G steel, 4 bolts, and about 4 hours, but it’s awesome. Lockable, waterproof, and SPACIOUS!




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Like I said there form and then there is function. No disrespect was meant. I have used the Givi E55 with outstanding results, adding the Admore lighting. I do not know if Givi has a kit for the 18 Wing. I had a Shad but prefered the Givi for its quality. I just remembered seing a member here who had added a Shad. If you want to bolt an ugly black rectangular box to your bike I am definitely not telling you what to do. Its certainly your bike and you should do whatever makes you happy and satisfies your needs.
All good, didn’t take it as any disrespect. The FJR givi just turned me off from them because it just feels clunky and cheap for how much they charge for them. The Goldwing tip boxes are much higher quality feeling with their latch mechanisms. Just a bummer they are not large enough to fit a bit more inside.

For what I intend to do with mine and rallying the pelican box will do well. It will keep my rally computer safe inside too. I especially like being able to pack stuff in it and wheel it into the hotel at the end of the day. I intend to pack everything I need for the night in the pelican box so I can walk away from the bike without needing to even check the side boxes and be in the room within minutes with everything I need. Every minute during a rally is important.
 

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It definitely sounds like the Pelican will provide you with options that no other box is going to. Are you attaching to the base plate under the rear cover? You mentioned some CNC brackets. Interested to see how that case detaches, it sounds like a quick release install is what you will be using. Post up when you get things going.
 

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It definitely sounds like the Pelican will provide you with options that no other box is going to. Are you attaching to the base plate under the rear cover? You mentioned some CNC brackets. Interested to see how that case detaches, it sounds like a quick release install is what you will be using. Post up when you get things going.
Another long distance rally rider/fabricator is building my setup...but yes, I know it anchors under the rear plastics and I believe it goes to the baseplate bolt locations. It’s super sturdy the way he did his (it needs to be since it is about 55lbs for the aux tank and another 25+ for the loaded pelican box). He figured out some quick detach mount for the pelican box.

I will post some pictures when it’s all done :)
 

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This is all in good fun so don't get too upset....


You took a beautiful motorcycle and gave it a "Bubba" makeover and now all I can see when I look at these pics is a pelican case.


Here is another mod you might be interested in, they claim it will extend the range of your current bike for at least another 100 miles:



In all seriousness, I understand the limits of the storage options for these bikes; however, I could never bring myself to going to the extremes of adding a pelican case for more storage unless it was for a specific situation. As a general storage bin....no. Granted, your bike and you might need the space but I think I will stick to taking the truck if I need the space before doing this. Props for throwing caution to the wind and fabricating something that works for you.
 

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IMHO the Pelican gives the bike a BMW GS-ish, utilitarian look. Some GW riders may sneer, but I'd run it if needing extra storage space. It only takes a few bolts to install/remove, so its not like its a permanent mod, or something was modified on the bike in order to accommodate it. Your bike, your decision. Enjoy!
 

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IMHO the Pelican gives the bike a BMW GS-ish, utilitarian look. Some GW riders may sneer, but I'd run it if needing extra storage space. It only takes a few bolts to install/remove, so its not like its a permanent mod, or something was modified on the bike in order to accommodate it. Your bike, your decision. Enjoy!


That’s what I thought too. Makes it look a little rugged I think. And the storage is awesome. I collect stickers when I travel, so now I’ve got a cool place to put my favorites! I’ve always thought adventure bikes with the rugged luggage was cool too!


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Practical but ugly. I don't know whether that Pelican box can be painted or, if yes, the paint would hold up, but IMO the looks of this setup would be immeasurably improved if you had the Pelican box painted the same color as the saddlebags. It might not be possible, but if paint the box were practicle, then tying the colors together like that would soften the angularity and squareness of the Pelican box so its shape didn't clash so much with the Goldwing's flowing lines.
 
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