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Am considering luggage options for 5 week / 10k mi tour. Instead of typical top box and dry bag mounted crossways at pillion, toward pulling weight forward I started pondering removing the OEM handrail and instead mounting a Pelican, e.g. maximally an 0340 Cube, onto a BlackDog Helipad, thereby pulling a much larger 96L XL "top case" e.g. a foot forward and a few inches lower for handling.

Planning to travel light and not fill it, so why such a large box? Reluctant to leave heavy riding gear unsecured when we stop for a hike etc.

Probably overkill. Thoughts / comments?

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Am considering luggage options for 5 week / 10k mi tour. Instead of typical top box and dry bag mounted crossways at pillion, toward pulling weight forward I started pondering removing the OEM handrail and instead mounting a Pelican, e.g. maximally an 0340 Cube, onto a BlackDog Helipad, thereby pulling a much larger 96L XL "top case" e.g. a foot forward and a few inches lower for handling.

Planning to travel light and not fill it, so why such a large box? Reluctant to leave heavy riding gear unsecured when we stop for a hike etc.

Probably overkill. Thoughts / comments?

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Sounds like a decent option, and I def understand the idea of added security, but I also feel if someone truly wants something, regardless of how well we try to prevent it from happening, they will often succeed. That said, I did a similar length trip several years back, 5 weeks, over 11k miles, from MD to Prudhoe Bay and back, and granted I was mainly off the beaten path, never spent much time in heavily populated areas, and my AltRider rack with a dry bag cinched down with some Rock Straps was never messed with, although I would never leave it on the bike overnight. Plus the dry bag with my camping gear served nicely as back support. Never been a big fan of top cases, be it weight distribution, weight of the case in general, or the fact it takes up footprint where a dry bag can be placed. Oh and I also carried a 2-gal Rotopax which mounted flat to my rack. Whatever your decision, have a great time, and stay safe!
 

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Sounds like a decent option, and I def understand the idea of added security, but I also feel if someone truly wants something, regardless of how well we try to prevent it from happening, they will often succeed. That said, I did a similar length trip several years back, 5 weeks, over 11k miles, from MD to Prudhoe Bay and back, and granted I was mainly off the beaten path, never spent much time in heavily populated areas, and my AltRider rack with a dry bag cinched down with some Rock Straps was ….
Thanks much for your experience and comments. I’m basically trying to minimize what I take off the bike into hotels and have to put back next am , a learning from Eastern trip last fall. Soft panniers, 2 dry bags, tank bag … all a little much on a two week trip, so moving toward carrying in my helmet, change of clothes and my toothbrush.
 

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I put my motorcycle gear in the side bags and the stuff that goes into the hotel is in a drybag on the back. A lot less weight. I also found a locking strap keeps most people honest at pit stops. SteelCore Security Strap
 
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