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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