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Old 07-09-2009, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default Hard cases on a pre 750..... Pics?

So I have ordered a 50 liter Shad topcase, and two 43 liter sidecases for my 750, and I was wondering if anyone has any photos of mounts for any type of hard cases? There are several good mounting points, and I already have a few ideas, but if anyone has some photos of a proven system, I would love to see them.

I have a spare seat on the way that I plan to modify for touring, and in addition to the cases, I plan to fabricate a rack in place of the pass. seat to anchor my tent, sleeping bag, and probably some accomodation for an aux. fuel tank.

I hope to have everything ready for my first moderate trip in mid August... Maybe a little earlier to go for a shakedown ride, and get the feel of the extra weight hanging off the bike.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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Doesn't look like anyone has one.

I could post up my Post Kat with Givi luggage but your not asking for that.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:47 PM   #3
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Doesn't look like anyone has one.

I could post up my Post Kat with Givi luggage but your not asking for that.
I did not really expect anyone to have anything, but decided to give it.

This evening, I started to fab something up. I think I will eventualy bend/weld a propper mount, but this should work to figure out my placement, etc.

I started with a spare seat shortened to the rear latch since it frees up tons of space for tool storage. From there I made a framework to mount the topcase, and bags.

Here are a few photos of what I have so far......











The whole thing is still in it's infancy..... I still need to add a few fasteners, cut some brackets/hooks, and enclose the area formerly occupied by the rear of the seat. And then if it all works well, start from scratch, and build something a little less Mickey Mouse looking.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:54 AM   #4
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cas17013, sorry for stealing your thread for a moment...


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Doesn't look like anyone has one.

I could post up my Post Kat with Givi luggage but your not asking for that.
squiggy, could you post some pics of your setup (mainly the rack you use for the top and side cases?
I have a 01' 750 and i'm also on the carry-a-lot-stuff club... i need a top case the most but would like to have a setup that allows me to easily add the side bags when touring with my wife..
Something that doesn't ruin the looks of the kat would be fresh news!
I would consider to build something myself, but i'm afraid it wouldn't hang -on tight under normal riding...
Thanks in advance!
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squiggy, could you post some pics of your setup (mainly the rack you use for the top and side cases?
Here's the link to my photo album for my Givi's on the Katana.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1079169...7602283655831/
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Here's the link to my photo album for my Givi's on the Katana.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1079169...7602283655831/
That's exactly the kind of setup i'm looking for!
What racks are you using there? The GIVI monorack specific for the Katana (518F)?
And what about the sides; do you have the reference of those racks?

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Old 11-19-2009, 08:05 AM   #7
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I think i have the answer to my own question...

PL525 as a side rack is what i need. But, since they are no longer in production and i can't find them anywhere on ebays around the world...

Not even the fitting kit for the wingrack; only the universal...

any suggestions??
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What racks are you using there? The GIVI monorack specific for the Katana (518F)?
Yes that is the 518 rack for the top case.

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And what about the sides; do you have the reference of those racks?
I do not remember specifically what the number is but you are correct in that Givi does not make them any more because Suzuki changed the rear body style for the Katana's in 2003. Now they only sell the newer kind.

You might might be able to find a used set on eBay either here in the U.S. or over on your side of the ocean.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:14 AM   #9
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That Shad case looks nice.

Are you using the Ryobi band saw to cut the metal pieces? If so how's it working? It seams those small bandsaws are designed to cut wood than metal. Something about the speed of the blade. It would be much cheaper than a real metal bandsaw.
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I was using the small bandsaw to cut lexan to enclose the area opened up by the seat modification. With the right blade it will cut thin aluminum if the guides are set just right. The larger aluminum bits were cut in a circular miter saw with a carbide tipped blade made for metal. For occasional use, the Ryobi is a nice versatile saw, I have a larger one, but I am lazy so I just carried this from my shop rather than walk back, and forth for every cut.

My initial impression of the Shad case is good. I would say it is on par with the low end Givi cases, plus it was a blemished unit I got for a song on Ebay so I am very happy for the cost. I also bought two side cases, but UPS was not very kind to them. I wound up finding the soft Eclipse bags, and decided for now they will be fine. With a little luck, I will have time to fab up the remaining bits before the weekend so I can take them on a weekend trip.
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