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Accessorized the bike for touring
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:45:23 pm »
I'm attending the AMA Superbike races at Road America this weekend. This will be my first multi-day trip with the Concours since picking it up last summer.

Over the last week, I've been frantically working to complete the bike for the trip. Last night, I finished:







The top box is actually off of an old BMW, but I think it matches the Connie's OEM bags better than anything else I've seen.

The top box cover could use a fresh coat of black paint, and it needs to have the weather-stripping replaced to make it a bit more water-tight, but I think it should work for the weekend.
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 01:44:18 pm »
Looks good.

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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 02:15:00 pm »
Very nice. My SO is getting green with envy with my buddies SO lounging with the HD Ultra type armressted tour packs. Been thinking of adding one that I could take off fairly easily when I want to do some spirited riding. Did you attach yours to the optional Kawi luggage rack, hard to tell from pics. What model Beemer did that case come from?
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2013, 05:43:51 pm »
In re-reading my post, I realized I didn't really give many details.

I installed the highway pegs I piced up from another member. There was a bit of a delay in that, as I busted my left heat shield while drilling the hole for the highway peg.

I'm not really sure what BMW the box came from. I picked it up from forum member Coffee Break. She might have a better idea on that.

I'm using the optional OEM Kawasaki rack rather than the one that's hidden under the plastic on the back of the bike. It came with my bike when I got it. It also had the pillion seat back attached. Last fall I wanted to remove the rack and found most of the hardware holding it together was rusted solid. It took a full night in the garage of drilling, sawing, swearing and, finally, shear brute force to finally bust it off the bike. Earlier this spring I paid a local bike shop $60 to drill and re-tap it for me; a little high, but I just didn't have the tools to do it. Being a Harley guy, he replaced the metric hardware with standard, so now I have to carry a few standard wrenches on the bike just in case.

To attach the top box, I just drilled 4 holes in the bottom of the box (the existing holes didn't line up properly) and 4 holes in a couple pieces of flat aluminum stock I cut to size. Then I bolted everything together. It's a little rough and probably not very watertight (I also haven't gotten around to replacing the missing weatherstripping on the top box cover, but I expect it'll get me through the weekend.
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013, 03:12:39 am »
I spent the evening packing the bike to get ready for departure.

Here it is, all kitted out:



I was able to get everything into the 2 side bags, the top box, the 2 glove boxes and the tank bag, the only exception being the tent. I had to be pretty liberal with use of garbage bags and ziplocs as bag liners, because it's supposed to be pretty wet tomorrow and Saturday.

I'm riding the bike to work tomorrow, then heading up as soon as I can get out in the afternoon.
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2013, 03:12:12 pm »
Enjoy..
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 07:27:45 pm »
Cool.  Enjoy.

Love the feeling - whether a long day trip, and overnight along the Mississippi, or 10 days out west like I am doing this summer.  I LOVE the anticipation of packing / planning for a trip.  Every possibility is out there just waiting, and you are open to so many outcomes.  Love that feeling.   :motonoises:

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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 01:57:50 pm »
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I LOVE the anticipation of packing / planning for a trip.  Every possibility is out there just waiting, and you are open to so many outcomes.  Love that feeling.   :motonoises:

I dunno if that says it all, but it sure covers a lot of it. :great: :motonoises: :beerchug:
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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 02:49:00 pm »
Cool.  Enjoy.

Love the feeling - whether a long day trip, and overnight along the Mississippi, or 10 days out west like I am doing this summer.  I LOVE the anticipation of packing / planning for a trip.  Every possibility is out there just waiting, and you are open to so many outcomes.  Love that feeling.   :motonoises:


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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 02:02:01 am »
Back from my weekend trip. I had a great time.

Here's a little better pic of the bike all decked out for a weekend of fun:

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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2013, 09:54:55 am »
Very nice!  :great: that rear box really does match up well. If possible could you get a few more snaps of the box from all sides. Thanks...

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Re: Accessorized the bike for touring
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2013, 12:07:05 pm »
Here are a few more shots:







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