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Old 10-04-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Side Rack Confusion !@$$#!

I am looking to install a set of side panniers on my Tiger 800XC. I have decided on using Pelicans but don't know which type of side rack to use. I have narrowed the list down to:

1) Hepco Becker Sideracks
2) SW-Motech Sideracks
3) GIVI Sideracks

Does anyone have any information (pros or cons) on any of these sideracks? Any information is much appreciated I am looking to order these before the end of the week but can't decide on the sideracks....
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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I only now that SW-Motech racks are quick disconnect and leave little tabs hard to see when the rack is off...
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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don't forget wolfman http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Racks/...ide_Racks.html
and carribous complete system http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=...=i&item=000363
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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I am looking to install a set of side panniers on my Tiger 800XC. I have decided on using Pelicans but don't know which type of side rack to use. I have narrowed the list down to:

1) Hepco Becker Sideracks
2) SW-Motech Sideracks
3) GIVI Sideracks

Does anyone have any information (pros or cons) on any of these sideracks? Any information is much appreciated I am looking to order these before the end of the week but can't decide on the sideracks....
Hepco and Beckers use 1/4 turn twist screws, 3 on each side. When they' re off, all you have is a thin black plate left on the side and a small tab by the footpeg. What I don't like about them is the left bracket sits the pannier 5-6" off the bike frame. But that does leave room for a tool tube or two I guess.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:15 AM   #5
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Hepco and Beckers use 1/4 turn twist screws, 3 on each side. When they' re off, all you have is a thin black plate left on the side and a small tab by the footpeg. What I don't like about them is the left bracket sits the pannier 5-6" off the bike frame. But that does leave room for a tool tube or two I guess.
The Givi racks are quick release also. They come with a special keyed tool to remove the racks. They are high quality and they come with a nice bag to store them in when they are off of the bike.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:16 AM   #6
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I am looking to install a set of side panniers on my Tiger 800XC. I have decided on using Pelicans but don't know which type of side rack to use. I have narrowed the list down to:

1) Hepco Becker Sideracks
2) SW-Motech Sideracks
3) GIVI Sideracks

Does anyone have any information (pros or cons) on any of these sideracks? Any information is much appreciated I am looking to order these before the end of the week but can't decide on the sideracks....
Hey MK, Your post doesnt say where you are. but maybe I can help. I have been making some racks for my bikes.
If you would like a peek , PM me...........
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone! I ended up getting impatient and impulsive and buying the SW-Motech racks to pair with my bike...

They seem like they will be able to hold up - I don't plan on ever taking them off ever, so I bought a hard bolt kit to replace the quick releases. Once I get them on I will post up some photos.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:04 PM   #8
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Hepco and Beckers use 1/4 turn twist screws, 3 on each side. When they' re off, all you have is a thin black plate left on the side and a small tab by the footpeg. What I don't like about them is the left bracket sits the pannier 5-6" off the bike frame. But that does leave room for a tool tube or two I guess.
Anybody know why everybody does this? It's such a dumb thing to do, there must be a reason

Subscribed since I'm looking to do the same thing. Seems all the racks in question would work fine. Which is cheapest I'll likely go with Caribou bags since the top box I have is so good. I think you can use any of the racks with their kit?
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:00 PM   #9
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Anybody know why everybody does this? It's such a dumb thing to do, there must be a reason

Subscribed since I'm looking to do the same thing. Seems all the racks in question would work fine. Which is cheapest I'll likely go with Caribou bags since the top box I have is so good. I think you can use any of the racks with their kit?

Yes, I emailed Happy Trails about this and their reply was, 'That's what 95% of our customers want." I guess for most people they can't deal with one side sticking out further. It wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

I was also upset that they placed their right side lower mount precisely where the muffler headpipe runs and a Leo was just enough larger in diameter that it would not fit. DOH!!!

They are much heavier duty that the other brands here, and I've used them before so I went with them again. IMHO they will survive a laydown better than the others.

Touratech are non-symetrical and so are Wolfman. The latter now has a mounting system for hardcases giving you the option of running their soft bags or hard cases. I wished I would have gone that route. Still may.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:15 AM   #10
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The Givi racks are quick release also. They come with a special keyed tool to remove the racks. They are high quality and they come with a nice bag to store them in when they are off of the bike.
Hey Motosickle,
hope you don't mind me butting in here...
Those Givi racks look about the best I've found so far (I also don't like the rack sitting way out on the left side of the bike when it doesn't really need to). Thing is, I wanted to use the racks as a base for soft bags, and that mounting knob top centre of the rack looks like it might interfere a bit with mounting soft bags. Is that knob a permanent metal fixture? Looks a bit like a rubber plug in your image, if so could it easily be removed to better fit soft bags?

Thanks for any help you can give!
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:02 PM   #11
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The Wolfman rack will likely work well with Pelican cases. I didn't care to have a quick release rack and just finished fitting the Wolfman racks, Wolfman hard bag kit (of which Wolfman makes a Pelican 1430 specific kit) and Muffintop MT1-OC aluminum panniers to my 800XC for about $800 total.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:05 AM   #12
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I'm pretty happy with my givi racks - and the price I found on them made it a no brainer. They're quick release if I need to remove them, but I never do. I can't imagine any rack getting any closer on the exhaust side than the givi. It's actually close enough that I can sometimes get a little resonance between the exhaust heat shield and the rack on downshifts.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #13
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I hard-bolted Seahorse cases (like Pelicans but lighter duty) to my SW-Motech racks and kept the quick-release to be able to remove them. Super-strong and stable.

Even if you think you want to keep them on most of the time, it's handy to be able to remove them for cleaning and chain/tire maintenance.

I came up with a fool-proof method of getting both cases aligned exactly the same before drilling. If anyone wants me to describe it, I'll try...
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:06 AM   #14
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I tested my Givi rack this weekend with a left side layover. I did not survive a zero speed impact. Bent it in pretty good but I was still able to use the rack with a little less passenger foot room. Looking for something more heavy duty now that I can use with the Trekker cases.
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