How to make a “Peli” tankcase/tankbag

In my post “Radiosilence… Small update” I’ve written about making my own tankbag/tankcase. After reading and searching on advrider.com about people that also have made these, I went on and made on of those cases too.

The main idea behind this, is that I have a safe, theft proof box which is easily accessible for the rider (me) and is cheaper than an off the shelf tankbag.

I’m still planning on powering this box to 12v, but it’s completely optional.

Warning! This is not safe for the rider!
It increases risk of broken ribs/chest damage when you crash using this device!

Shopping list:
– SW-Motech Quicklock (1st or 2nd gen) plates, both for the tank and box
– Pelican case (I’ve bought a ripoff that is about as big as a peli 1150)
– Piece of metal plate
– Some bolts and nuts
optional:
– SAE or barrel plugs
– 12vdc to 5vdc converter

Note: You can also use the Givi Tankring system if that’s what you want.

Let’s get started!

First you need to find out in what position you want your tankcase.
You can choose between portrait or landscape, for me landscape did the trick.

Allright, now you’ve chosen in what position you want it.
As you see, the box doesn’t cover enough of the gas cap. That’s why I needed a steel plate to extend the footprint of the case.
Now to mount the steel plate to the case.

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The bolts I used were a bit too long, I cut a small lenght of them with an angle grinder.
Option: You can now cover your tankcase with some foam material to protect you from getting more injured when you crash.

On to mounting the Quicklock rings to the steel plate (or your box)!

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I needed the handlebar risers to get enough space to turn my handlebars from lock to lock.
Now you can also decorate the insides of your own waterproof, theft proof (when using padlocks) tankcase!

I also bought a roost guard/chest protector to protect my chest in case I crash with the tankcase, but normally it’ll shear off because it’s plastic.

Now you might think:
“Hey! They just take off the Quicklock and run away with your tankbag!”

Well, I have a tethered padlock that keeps the tankcase closed and secure to my bike.
It uses an “armored” spiral cord so that nothing flaps around when riding.

This is the final result!

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Happy building and remember, always ride safe!

 

 

 

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Review: Carpoint E11 foglights

My search for new foglights has finally ended, after days of looking for a suitable replacement for the Hans Bo CREE U5 LED spots.
The weird part is that they were always close to me, in my local diy store!

Since my old “new” Hans Bo LED spots began to flicker and became totally uncontrollable by the switch, I’ve been searching for a replacement.
Not wanting to spend more than 50€, I searched on AliExpress for foglights that only had 1 mode, but almost all of them have the “high”, “low” and “strobe” mode.

I remembered that in my local diy store, they also have a car parts department, so I browsed a bit and found some foglights from “Carpoint” (cheap car accessories) for about 35€.

So I picked them up, and they looked promising, but they didn’t have a pipe clamp.
I looked around for some steel pipe clamps (with rubber inside) but they only had plastic ones for conduit pipe.
I picked 6 pieces up (if one happens to break) which costed me about 9€.

I began disassembling the old fog light setup, which was very easy because I already ripped out the cables of the terminal block, as told in the blogpost “Radiosilence… Small update“.
Having a spare relay that I bought from AliExpress a few months ago, I installed them using the following schematic:

DLR ACC schakel

The specifications of the fog lights are:
– Voltage: 12V
– Watts: 55w each (110w total)
– Bulb: H3 halogen
The Suzuki XF650 Freewind has an alternator capable of handling 200W.

After installing them on my pipe clamps and crashbars, it looked like this:

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After riding around, one of the pipe clamps broke because of the vibration and being clamped down too hard, so the extra clamps were a great investment.

The light output is much higher and more scattered, but they also run hotter and consume more power. It’s also easier on the eye than the blue hue of the LED ones.
They are completely waterproof by using a siliconed gasket.

I’m currently totally loving it, and will be using this at night.

Thanks for reading and ride safe!

 

 

 

Radiosilence… Small update

I haven’t posted any blog entries because I am now busy studying for finals, but I still ride, but not that much.
Riding in hot weather (for the past week) was really really fun, I was having a blast!

A few days ago when the weather was great, I’ve done something I’ve never done before:
I took my corners how they are meant to be taken: fast, no sudden corrections, and almost with the pegs hitting the asphalt.
I wanted to see if I was capable of controlling the bike while doing slow riding exercises, and funny enough, they were very good.

I went at 8 o’clock in the evening out on the road, only my bike and me, trying to find places to hoon around, but first I had to refuel myself at the local McDonalds.
After that, I rode into the night, being home at about 11 o’clock in the evening.

The day after, I went to my work, delivering pizza’s, when suddenly the engine on the delivery bike died. It then locked up somewhere inside the vario (I’m a total noob on scooters) not being able to start again, but it didn’t sound like a seized piston.
Looking at the oil (it’s a 2 stroke) the reservoir was full, and the fuel tank was half-empty, nothing serious. On the outside there wasn’t anything that looked off.

Finally going home after a long day of work, the Hans Bo CREE U5 LED‘s began to flicker.
I didn’t even turn the lights on, the lightswitch didn’t to anything, I started to worry and pulled over to the side of the road, trying to find out what is wrong with these lights.
I didn’t find anything, but riding around with flashing lights isn’t an option, so cut the wires in half, making the lights unusable (which they are now).

I’m looking for a replacement, but I haven’t found anything yet that’ll suit my needs.

I am also looking for a tankbag, but I don’t like the fact that most of those tankbags aren’t waterproof, or thief proof. Maybe I’ll build one myself, but I’m not sure if I would go for the Givi Tanklock or the SW Motech Quick-Lock. The Givi is more expensive, but easier to get, but the SW Motech looks a lot more safer and sturdier, and cheaper.
Then there’s the bag itself, I don’t know what case I would get.
A peli Case is too expensive for my needs, and I don’t know if they ‘ll fit on my tank.
It just has to be a sturdy, thief proof, waterproof box.

If someone has any recommendations, please let me know!

Have a nice day and ride safe!