Not quite luggage but this tail box is a fun easy mod that costed under $10.00 and now I have a little extra storage on the dual sport. It holds some tools, a duffel bag, and a few tie downs perfectly, with room for a 6 pack, bottle of booze, or a small bag of groceries.
Harbor Freight had 50 Cal. Ammo cans on sale the other day. I’m on their mailing list and received a coupon for $7.99. I’ve been eyeing these up for this project for awhile and at that price I had to break down and buy one. Plus, I’ve been getting the bike ready for winter, and the little extra storage space will definitely come in handy. Total cost for this mod was under $10.00!
I bolted the ammo can to the CSC luggage rack. I could of just as easily made a pattern for the holes where the luggage rack mounts but decided to just bolt it the luggage rack itself. I used 4 1/4 inch phillips head bolts, 4 1/4 inch fender washers, and 4 1/4 lock nuts.
I mounted the ammo can to the tail of the luggage rack. I didn’t get over technical. I placed the ammo can on the back of the tail, just after the mounting bolts of the luggage rack. When it was close to center, I grabbed a scribe and etched my marks for the two side bolts, drilled the holes then bolted it up. Once I had the ammo can mounted I added two more holes to the back lying on my back and using the luggage rack as a guide. Bolted it all together using 1/4 inch bolts, a fender washer inside and out, with locking nuts.
The luggage rack was an option and costed $90.00, you could easily mount this directly to where the luggage rack mounts. Just make a pattern of the bolt pattern, drill out the holes, and order the luggage rack bolts directly from CSC or your motorcycle manufacturer. Many dual sports will have a place to mount a luggage rack, just mount the ammo can instead, and save some money and some weight!
I tested it out on the trails today, and it seemed to handle the rough riding pretty well. I even laid it down once while I was clearing out some some new trails. The handle rattles a bit while you’re riding, but you could always cut the handles off if you found it too bothersome.
IMHO this is the perfect luggage box for under $10.00! It serves it’s purpose well, and I’ve already found the extra storage incredibly handy. I’ve also seen guys using these as panniers too. The entire project took me under a half hour. This was kind of a spur of the moment project, with a little research and some planning you could probably clean up the design a bit. Ammo can shown was purchased at Harbor Freight, but you could easily find something similar at the local army / navy surplus store.
If you’re looking for cheap storage on your dual sport, this Ammo can luggage rack is cheap, and personally I think it looks pretty cool too. On top of that, it’s waterproof! Just squirt a little silicone sealant around your bolt holes to insure no water sneaks in from the bottom. Hope you found this useful, and happy trails!