2014 ALTRIDER Luggage

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by wachs, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    The left side lower connection easily wraps around the subframe to make a nice and short strap -

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    The right side is easily modified using this small part from Ace Hardware, using the stock collared washer and a 'D' ring. Kurt had this one laying around his shop.

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    This a welded stainless 'D' ring available through marine supply -

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    It is important that the 'D' ring is welded or that you use a circular ring that is not just stamped - it must be solid as this is the most important connection to the bike. :clap:freaky
  2. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    A few more unnecessarily verbose details:

    This is a 2013 KTM exc (the other excs are all the same)

    The RHS mount is important because just looping around the subframe on this side risks melting your strap due to proximity to the exhaust.

    This 1 inch d ring (round ring works too) can be found on Amazon, marine supply store, or saddlery shop. Make sure the ends are welded. My Ace only had non welded ones.

    The clamp is just an "insulated clamp" from Ace. You could also get a dring with a flat two bolt mount and bend it around for one bolt.

    I replaced the shorter inset subframe bolt with a slightly longer one and a collared washer to make up for the fact the the clamp is flush mounted instead of inset.
  3. SpudBob

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    Mounted mine up today on the XR650R.Looks like its gonna be da bomb!!! Ive got a manracks rear rack and the bag sits nicely on the front half of rack and rear of seat. It leaves me some rack to secure my small dry bag I use for my tent/sleeping pad. I don't really want to cut the attachment straps on the lower mount, Im using the stainless man racks slotted mounts, but their really long. These, manraks mounts, are really nice because you don't have to unfasten the straps just loosen and remove the strap through the slots.
  4. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    So when do they go on sale (discounted retail price), or is there a coupon code for us poor folks:D
    Loving the look of the Hemisphere bag. Gotta start putting funds into the piggy bank.
    Glad to see some folks getting them and liking them....:freaky
  5. XFanMan

    XFanMan Been here awhile

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    Take a picture will ya? I'm looking at these for my XRR with the Turbocity rack for a trip west later this year.

    Thanks!
  6. circusinthesky

    circusinthesky SemperFidelisTyrannosaur

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    Well, MC Superstore doesn't actually have any. Are there any avail for purchase out there, or is it all pre-order at this point?

    Thanks!
  7. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Yes, please snap a couple pics - I'm curious too.



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  8. SpudBob

    SpudBob Adventurer

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    [​IMG][/IMG][/URL][​IMG][/IMG]ill try to get a couple pics up this weekend! Okay here you go!
  9. SpudBob

    SpudBob Adventurer

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    just got an email from Revzilla. They say they have the Wachsbags
    in stock.They have the saddlebags and tank bag.
    Free shipping and a kickback too. Thats for you ,circusinthesky, or anyone else who didn't preorder.
  10. XFanMan

    XFanMan Been here awhile

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    Looks like it fits well on the rack. Thanks for posting the pictures. Are those frame attachment rings something that Altrider supplies or did you do those yourself? Looks like a great idea.

    Let us know how you like them as you get a chance to use them a little more.
  11. SpudBob

    SpudBob Adventurer

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    those are a manracks product. nice because they have a slit in them so to remove bag you just loosen them, the straps that is!
  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Nice! - Thanks for posting the shots. Good looking XR!
  13. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT Sehnsucht

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    hey wachs i know its still early, but any more info on availability of the base alone would be appreciated.
  14. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    10-4, I'm on that pronto! :clap
  15. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    First Altrider luggage on the White Rim?

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  16. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Roamer

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    :clap:clapGreat pic Kurt!
  17. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    I think you are the first Kurt - nice pic. How'd you like the set up?
  18. haildamage

    haildamage Been here awhile

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    looks great!

    just fit mine on a 2014 350 EXC-F. would love to see closeups of where you hooked the lower straps.

    did you use tubing to protect the straps from your boots? i did but not sure if i have found the perfect tubing for that yet. i think it would include a bit of tubing that is perfectly suited for this purpose.

    did you use a heat shield. i put one on since i bought one but i am not sure that it would be necessary the way the bag fits the plastic on this bike. better safe than sorry i suppose.

    i will get mine out on the trail the weekend of June 7th and will try to post some pics after that.
  19. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    This is a 2013 350 EXC-F. What a bike, huh!?


    My lower straps are done as shown earlier in the thread. The fit is so good with no long run of webbing on this bike so I don't see anything to be concerned about with rubbing. On my 690, the run is longer and I thread the webbing through a piece of bicycle inner tube where it contacts the bodywork and frame to protect everything.

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    I did use an old GL heat shield that I had around since I hadn't yet received the Altrider one before I left. They both do the job. I felt it was necessary for this bike/bag combo.

    Let's see it!
  20. kurtw

    kurtw Child of the Wind

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    All of my gear for this trip worked great. My only complaints are about the things that I forgot to pack&#8230; So, ok. Here are my thoughts on the luggage. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Preface: Firstly, I was riding a KTM 350EXC, a very light nimble bike on which I would definitely feel a load if not packed and carried well. Also, my fuel tank is only 3g so I needed to carry extra fuel to allow for enough capacity and reserve. Secondly, this was a single night, warm-weather desert trip. What this means is that I packed very light in terms of clothing and shelter. But, on the other hand, there was no access to clean water so we had to carry enough water for two days of arid riding and camping.

    Disclaimer: I&#8217;ve been a fan of all of Wach&#8217;s designs, new and old.

    Tank bag:

    Like similar tank bags, the fit on a bike like this is great. My filler cap is off-center and the bag still fits good. There were no issues venting the tank even though my vent hose kinks down a little. I had installed a nice vent hose that was thick, yet pliable to minimize potential venting issues (from left-over plumbing from desmogging the bike).

    The tank was out of the way for this type of riding on all but the steepest climbs where I would hold the tank and bag between my knees.

    I kept the folded NPS White Rim map in the lid window for referencing the campgrounds and side roads/trails as we came to them.

    The main benefit of the tank bag on this trip was being able to carry some fluids and weight up front where they belong and get it off the rear of the bike. The tank bag contained my small tool bag, a 2 liter water bladder, and odds and ends such as sun screen and lip balm.

    It worked great for this. No rain on this trip so some other poor soul will have to review the rain-proofness.

    Saddle bags:

    Due to the length of the trip and size of my fuel tail, I carried one gallon of extra fuel in bottlers within the saddle bags. Each of the rear pockets held a 1.5L Primus bottle and one more 1L bottle was tucked inside. At one of the stops early in the ride, after draining my tank down a little, I dumped it all into the fuel tank. With the saddle bags packed to provide the inner structure, you can reef down on the side strips to the point where you can&#8217;t possibly pull the bottles out intentionally, much less need to worry about them bouncing out.

    The rest of my gear was packed into the saddle bags and a dry bag. The dry bag was only necessary for the first day, carrying my shoes, tripod, some cloths and a few other things. Once all the water bladders were emptied, there was plenty of room in the saddle bag for everything including the extra rolled up dry bag.

    Packing the bag and accessing it was simple enough. the compression sack for the sleeping bag really helps getting things packed efficiently. It was nice not to have to mess with zippers that stick or won&#8217;t pull closed due to the packing job and resulting shape of the bag. Rolling this bag closed is simple and secure. It wasn&#8217;t rain tested on this trip, but can&#8217;t imagine that it would be any less than 100% water tight due to its roll-top design.

    Riding:

    The White Rim is a fun, flowing ride. While, due to the exposure, you have to be 100% in control and not out-ride your sight, etc, this ride is really fun at a slightly brisk pace.

    The most important thing for me to note here is that the luggage took nothing away from my enjoyment of the ride or slow me from a comfortable pace that I would otherwise have ridden. I never found myself thinking, &#8220;Oh this would be a great ride if it wasn&#8217;t for all this load I&#8217;m carrying&#8230;&#8221;. The bike handled great with a little extra preload on the rear shock and never felt overloaded.

    Camping gear and fuel mostly carried in the saddle bags and tank bag (not shown: additional trail food for day 2):

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    Tools carried in the saddle bags and tank bag:

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    Tool bags as packed, along with clothes carried in the saddle bags and separate dry bag:

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    Items carried in my backpack plus the tripod carried in the dry bag:

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