20061215

Ammo Can Panniers

A couple of months ago I began experimenting with using ammo cans as panniers on my GZ250. I needed hard lockable waterproof storage for my GZ250. After months of searching I found nothing suitable. Pastic doesn't work well it looks good but can easily be broken, Textile bags are out completely. There is no way to secure a textile bag that can't be defeated by a razor blade or pocket knife. In a pinch you could get in textile luggage with nail clippers. So taking a big hint from the KLR650 riders who like to roll their own here is my first attempt.














So far I really like them. They are very easy and quick to get open . I can open and close them without getting off the bike. They don't leak. These have been in the rain two time and there was no sign of water getting them.

On the down side I think 50cal ammo cans are to small. I have acquired some SAW ammo cans which are a bit larger that I'm going to try next.

I plan to add locks and play around with painting them to match the bike. Some reflective decals might also be nice. I have also been considering lighting of some sort but so far I haven't come up with a satisfactory way to do this that does not also require holes in the box and loss of storage space. I'm hoping to find some thin LED lighting that could be mounted with foam tape. I don't ride much at night so battery powered LED lighting might work.

20060907

Customizing

I find the idea that you are customizing your bike, gun, car or anything else when you buy something in a box or bag and bolt it on annoying.

I my opinion if you can buy it and bolt it on it's not custom its accessorized. If you cut, drill, weld or fabricate something that didn't exist before its customized.

I have added a Suzuki Sissy Bar and a MC Enterprises Full Engine Guard to my 2005 GZ250. This is not customized. I also have stainless steel saddle bag guards that were fabricated for the GZ250. Since these are basically just copies of the Suzuki versions I do not consider this customized.

I if I were to fabricate mounting brackets/mount points and add my own hard bags that I made from something else, this I would consider customized.

Changing handle bars I consider to be adjusting you bike to fit you or perhaps in some cases (ape hangers) a fashion statement.

Anyone care to weigh in on this?

I would hate to think I'm the only one who feels this way.