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« on: November 20, 2013, 10:12:02 am »

Hello guys,

I often travel with my bike and I got annoyed with having 2 or 3 separate luggage cases. I’m a mechanical engineer by profession and I decided to build my own integral luggage.
Now I would like to show you what I have built for my Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit motorcycle and ask for your opinion about it.
I built an integral luggage as a part of the motorcycle, back and side luggages are joined into one and I matched the design with the motorcycle.
I colored it in the original color of the motorcycle and I made it so that it fits to motorcycle using either the original exhaust system or an Akrapovič after-market exhaust which I’m currently using.
The luggage also has a back rest and two handles on side luggage. I made back luggage big enough to fit two helmets.
There are covers on the back for accessing back luggage and on the sides for accessing the side compartments. Upper part between handle and the seat contains a compartment for keeping most frequently needed items like wallet, documents, eyeglasses etc.
I made luggage and covers of polyester with steel reinforcements and connected it to the frame of the motorcycle via side handles.
Rear lamp and direction indicators had to be relocated to the integral luggage, but I was able to keep the rear registration plate with illumination and rear reflector in their original positions.
Just to be legally covered and avoid any issues, I and the item I described above are in no way affiliated with the Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, which manufactures the GSF 1250 Bandit® motorcycle or Akrapovič d.d., Slovenia, which manufactures Akrapovič® after-market exhausts. I reserve all the rights of the presented item.

Kind regards,
Janez Cvahte

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 11:38:17 am »


Wow... beautiful work, the craftsmanship looks amazing.

Being brutally honest:
- I don't see how that won't create a shit ton of chassis feedback in dirty air. My GSX1250FA with 3 piece kit has a much smaller aerodynamic footprint and is a handful at high speed in dirty air.
- It's got a face only a father could love :-)
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 08:22:56 pm »

Wow, beautiful work Clap. It probably looks better with a passenger on back though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 09:04:56 pm »

Wow, I have to give you brownie points on design and execution. Beautiful work.

Can't say I'm a big fan though. I like my luggage detachable, minimal and lockable on and off. I adapted the Krauser Starlets from a mid 80's BMW so all I have on the bike without the luggage is small frames. Good for over 85 indicated without bad gyrations. They're probabvly borderline small, but anything bigger would be overkill on my VFR. And when I'm done traveling, off come the frames with 3 bolts each.

But good work. Done anything in carbon fiber?

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 09:21:41 am »

Proportions are a little heavy, but I bet the utility can't be beat.  Did you do all your own work, including paint?
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2013, 04:54:38 pm »

Hi again, thanks for all your comments. I was away for some time, so please excuse my late reply.

Quote from: GRN

Wow... beautiful work, the craftsmanship looks amazing.

Being brutally honest:
- I don't see how that won't create a shit ton of chassis feedback in dirty air. My GSX1250FA with 3 piece kit has a much smaller aerodynamic footprint and is a handful at high speed in dirty air.
- It's got a face only a father could love :-)

We could compare the aerodynamic footprints, if you could give me the data for your luggage.

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Wow, beautiful work Clap. It probably looks better with a passenger on back though.

I think you're right Smile

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Wow, I have to give you brownie points on design and execution. Beautiful work.

Can't say I'm a big fan though. I like my luggage detachable, minimal and lockable on and off. I adapted the Krauser Starlets from a mid 80's BMW so all I have on the bike without the luggage is small frames. Good for over 85 indicated without bad gyrations. They're probabvly borderline small, but anything bigger would be overkill on my VFR. And when I'm done traveling, off come the frames with 3 bolts each.

But good work. Done anything in carbon fiber?

Larry
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Sorry the luggage is fixed and tightly wrapped around the seat.

Nope, no carbon fiber. I used fiberglass (GRP).

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Proportions are a little heavy, but I bet the utility can't be beat.  Did you do all your own work, including paint?

Except for the final paint job, it's all my own work.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 04:59:48 pm »

Wow....I just found this topic. I gotta get around the forums more. I think it looks great. If the OP is still around, do you have any pictures with the lids open? Also, where are you located? I would love to see this in person. Great work!!!  Clap
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2014, 07:01:19 pm »

I remember seeing this last year when I was a lurker. Incredible design and implementation.  Thumbsup  But, here it comes, looks a bit big or cumbersome by itself on the bike. I'd have to always have a passenger on the bike.
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