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Has anyone ever tried an extra side-storage project?

Since I'll 99.9% never have another passenger again I'm thinking of removing my rear footpegs and try to fabricate some sort of side storage boxes that uses the current footpeg supports. I have hard mounted saddlebags and am thinking about some designs for a very roughly wedge shaped box (but not pointed of the forward point) that would fit in front of the bags yet still be out of the way of me when I sit. I'm thinking I can find a local sheet metal fabrication shop that can make the bottom metal base that could slip into the existing footpeg support and be secured by, perhaps, a quick release pin for example (so it would not be permanently mounted and in the way of factory side covers). The wooden box would fit on top of their creation and can even be leather covered to match the saddlebags and color scheme of my '06. The wedge shape would be to sorta kinda make it streamlined. It's difficult to describe but my mental image of the finished product is pretty slick.
Regardless of my final design has anyone ever dabbled in using this space for such a thing? For that matter, has anyone used the footpeg supports for anything aside from the footpegs?

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Givi uses the peg bracket as a mounting point for their removable bags.

I've seen folks build their own mounts to hold Pelican cases....I got very close to doing the same.

If you're looking for more storage, why have saddlebags AND some kind of box.... when you can just use larger saddle bags, ammo cans, those aluminum boxes you see on those "adventure bikes" or just a couple of medium sized suitcases?
Have you thought of using a top case instead? If you never plan to have a passenger, you could mount a fairly big one...with an attached back rest for you.

These look pretty cool...not heard of them before..
http://www.kappamoto.com/cases/

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The word "box" tends to bring into the mind's eye some clunky, boxy, all right-angled thing. I might be so inclined to use ammo boxes on a dirt bike perhaps but I've always been completely turned off to the appearance of squared off boxes on street motorcycles, regardless of how practical they may truly be. I already have a nice travel bag (sissy bar type) but wouldn't mind having some smaller additional areas to put small stuff and save the sissy bar travel bag for actual traveling. I suppose a decent answer to why have saddlebags and a box (again, please don't think of a "box" box) instead of just getting larger saddlebags is that it would provide a further bit of uniqueness to the bike. What really gave me the idea initially was seeing the more triangular shaped bags that fit in the same area (if I had a Harley). I forget the actual name of the type bags now. But it stirred the mind to look at that area of the bike and see if I could USE it instead of it just being , well, ... there. By the way, what is a Pelican case?

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Since I'll 99.9% never have another passenger again I'm thinking of removing my rear footpegs and try to fabricate some sort of side storage boxes that uses the current footpeg supports. I have hard mounted saddlebags and am thinking about some designs for a very roughly wedge shaped box (but not pointed of the forward point) that would fit in front of the bags yet still be out of the way of me when I sit. I'm thinking I can find a local sheet metal fabrication shop that can make the bottom metal base that could slip into the existing footpeg support and be secured by, perhaps, a quick release pin for example (so it would not be permanently mounted and in the way of factory side covers). The wooden box would fit on top of their creation and can even be leather covered to match the saddlebags and color scheme of my '06. The wedge shape would be to sorta kinda make it streamlined. It's difficult to describe but my mental image of the finished product is pretty slick.
Regardless of my final design has anyone ever dabbled in using this space for such a thing? For that matter, has anyone used the footpeg supports for anything aside from the footpegs?
If you are so inclined then I say go for it. I do recommend that rather than wood you use fiberglass or another form of plastic which can be drilled and glued together with small metal pins for added support in corners. Wood will probably absorb moisture at some point and not be a problem until you have no time to deal with it. Boat supply houses have sheet product of varying thickness and you maybe able to find it at other suppliers. Good luck.
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The word "box" tends to bring into the mind's eye some clunky, boxy, all right-angled thing. I might be so inclined to use ammo boxes on a dirt bike perhaps but I've always been completely turned off to the appearance of squared off boxes on street motorcycles, regardless of how practical they may truly be. I already have a nice travel bag (sissy bar type) but wouldn't mind having some smaller additional areas to put small stuff and save the sissy bar travel bag for actual traveling. I suppose a decent answer to why have saddlebags and a box (again, please don't think of a "box" box) instead of just getting larger saddlebags is that it would provide a further bit of uniqueness to the bike. What really gave me the idea initially was seeing the more triangular shaped bags that fit in the same area (if I had a Harley). I forget the actual name of the type bags now. But it stirred the mind to look at that area of the bike and see if I could USE it instead of it just being , well, ... there. By the way, what is a Pelican case?
the word" box" makes me think of something else ."I'd like to wicker box"😛

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I mainly asked the question hoping that someone had some pics of what they'd done. The idea of boat supply house materials is pretty good. I don't know if I'll get around to doing this or not but I do like to imagine stuff. "Wicker box".... my favorite past-time (but that's for a different website). Oh, the name of the bag types that I couldn't think of earlier is swing-arm bags.

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Pelican cases are the brand name of a company that makes lightweight waterproof cases, boxes, and trunks.
Pelican Cases, Backpacks, Coolers, Flashlights - PelicanCases.com

There is another company called "Seahorse" that makes similar products:
Seahorse Cases - Waterproof - Protective - Made in USA

I in fact bought two of their cases, some aluminum bar, and other hardware to install them on my Vulcan. I just never got around to doing it.

My FJR had very nice hard cases, and I installed their factory top case too.
On a day to day basis, I never used the side cases, the top case was just too damn handy. It would hold my helmet, extra gloves, work shoes, etc...

I found them so handy, I installed one on my Bonneville.



They do make them in more rounded not "boxy" shapes. The backrest is a nice addition.

But I can understand wanting to be "different"... just not sure you'll find too many folks that have done what you discribe, most who feel they need more storage just get bigger luggage or add the top case....

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I've been thinking about making a set of ears into a storage for registration and small tools

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