All about the luggage on the bikes:
I have faith in Touatech's system as it is very simple and proven BUT I don't like the idea that you can only loosen the boxes by opening the lids of the boxes to get at the backing bolt inside. I therefore wanted a similar system but which would be locked/loosened from the outside. IT had to be simple enough to repair in the middle of Africa and maintenance free. These were my first sketch ideas.
I posted my sketch on the Yamaha Diversion Club website (http://groups.msn.com/YamahaDiversions) asking if anyone could help me and Ian Reece came to my rescue. Ian is a metalwork lecturer and had a break in his calendar and kindly offered to make the spacers for me.
Mounting on template
As said before I like the simplicity of the Touratech system therefore I went for the luggage rack which a small, light and solid.
Template in position
I liked the idea of the Hepco & Becker boxes but they were too expensive. I found the Darr boxes (http://www.daerr.de/) at a bargain price but then at the same time I found exactly the same style boxes were available from IECB (http://www.eibcltd.co.uk/). I prefer the libs and simple build quality of these boxes over the Zega boxes.
I got a the C29 box from Daerr in Germany and bolted it to the rack on the bike
I bought a 35lt Ortlieb waterproof bag from Touratech which worked perfectly in keeping all our cloths dry on the back seat.
I bought a pacsafe mesh to secure the Ortlieb bag to the seat. It's a wire mesh that is perfect for snatch and grab theives but any committed dodgey charater with a pair of pliers will and a bit of dtermination could get through it in a few minutes
Bought a Baglux tank cover off ebay and bought a new tank bag from Baglux www.baglux.co.uk