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Old 06-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Better Mouse Trap For a KLR

http://www.backroadequipment.com/

So I have spent a year of my free time developing a pannier and top box mounting system for a KLR. I would like to show off my work here and see if there may be some interest in my rear rack/top box mounting system. If there is some interest I'll set up a thread in the Vendors area, just trying gauge interest at this point.

So what do i got?

A rear rack for the KLR, here are details:

13" x 16" rack
3/16" 6061 aluminum material
CNC cut
stock tool kit access
hole pattern for Rotopak mount
keyhole mounts for quick connect top box
stainless steel mounting hardware

top box quick connect:

four heavy duty plastic pucks create quiet and tough mounting system
four large 6061 washers
zinc plated button head mounting screws
6061 quick cam lock (top box attaches in less than 10 seconds) when locked into position the box is tightly locked onto the rack there is no movement and it is not coming off
top box can be locked onto rack with a padlock
optional integrated lock would be available
mounting is symmetrical, box can be mounted in one orientation and 10 seconds later be mounted in a different orientation
top box can be attached and removed without opening the box


The mounting pucks are the same size and location for the pannier racks so you can have a pair of Pelican 1550s (or what ever your favorite box is) for panniers when touring and when you want to commute to work, pull off the panniers and slide one box into the rack (takes about 10 seconds to do this) and you have a top box for your computer and lunch.



What do you think?





























ktmklx screwed with this post 11-23-2013 at 10:58 AM Reason: correction rack is 13" x 16" not 13" x 18"
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:48 AM   #2
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well, that looks real neat, i always like stuff that is modular and multi purpose.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:46 AM   #3
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Nice work, but will it be to pricey for us klr tight wads? bete
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #4
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Nice work, but will it be to pricey for us klr tight wads? bete
The rack will sell for $100, quick connect pucks and cam lock for box mounting will be an additional $50.00.

Still working on the pannier rack pricing.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:28 AM   #5
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I like it & would be interested if you go to production. Keep me posted.

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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nice design!
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #7
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Really nice! Looking forward to production!
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:19 PM   #8
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Here is the rack on a gen 1 KLR.



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Old 07-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #9
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do you have any more pics of the side racks, & how they are mounted? Can you take the side covers off while the racks are on the bike?
Any plans on other models (DRZ400)?

Thanks, Phil
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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very professional
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #11
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Looks very useful; I like the 'locking' lever: is there a ball detent or other device to keep it from swinging loose?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #12
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Looks very useful; I like the 'locking' lever: is there a ball detent or other device to keep it from swinging loose?
1) The lever loop is sized so that it "hooks" the the puck that it grabs. It actually feels like there is a detent as you close the lever.

2) The hook on the lever has to follow the radius created by the pivot bolt, the puck that the hook grabs only moves forward and backwards in the key hole. So when forces push the box towards the front of the bike (the direction you would push it to take it off) with the lever engaged, the lever locks up because it can only pivot on its radius and the puck can only go straight forwards.

3) The pivot bolt for the lever uses a nylon lock nut so friction between the lever and rack can be adjusted. I have tested with a loose lock nut and have had no problems due to points 1 & 2 (mostly 2).

This box is not coming off unless you want it to!

Thanks for the good question.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:41 AM   #13
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do you have any more pics of the side racks, & how they are mounted? Can you take the side covers off while the racks are on the bike?
Any plans on other models (DRZ400)?

Thanks, Phil
Phil,

I will be posting some more pictures of the racks shortly, I have just sold a set of the the racks for a Gen 1 KLR and will post pictures of the installed product. Yes, the side covers are removable with the racks in place.

I do have plans for other bikes, but I will be focusing on the rear rack with box mounting kit, with side racks to follow.

I am considering offering the aluminum side racks with mounting pucks as a universal kit. Then handy guys can fit them to their own bike. Any interest in that?

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #14
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very professional
Thank you, if I am going to sell a product it has to meet high standards.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #15
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A universal is not a bad idea. It may or may not appeal to some people. Unlike your workmanship, which I could not touch, most of us can handle drilling a couple of holes for the screws. Particularly the rest of us KLR types.
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