Better Mouse Trap For a KLR

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by ktmklx, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    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?



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  2. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    well, that looks real neat, i always like stuff that is modular and multi purpose.
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  3. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    Nice work, but will it be to pricey for us klr tight wads? bete
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  4. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    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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  5. captwheel

    captwheel Adventurer

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    I like it & would be interested if you go to production. Keep me posted.

    Phil
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  6. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    nice design!
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  7. thriveoutdoors

    thriveoutdoors n00b

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    Really nice! Looking forward to production!
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  8. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Here is the rack on a gen 1 KLR.

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  9. captwheel

    captwheel Adventurer

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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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  10. phoenix13

    phoenix13 Banned

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    very professional
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  11. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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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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  12. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    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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  13. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    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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  14. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Thank you, if I am going to sell a product it has to meet high standards.
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  15. Nnordsman

    Nnordsman Nnordsman

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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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  16. Navy Chief

    Navy Chief Long timer

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    Please keep us posted on this, it looks like a really nice mounting system.
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  17. captwheel

    captwheel Adventurer

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    Are you taking orders for your racks? I would like a set of side racks & a back rack for the KLR gen 2
    As far as the universal rack, at the moment I have only a KLR. The reason I asked about a DRZ is that I am shopping for one. Once I find one I would be interested in the universal mount.

    Thanks, Phil
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  18. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    I would love two of these. Don't need the tool box access as mine has been covered for the last 21yrs...... the puck system is really neat and would make moving the top box between bikes easy :clap
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  19. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    By the end of next week I will make the decision to to move forward with production or not. The side racks I sold were to a friend so that is a special circumstance. Hope to post pictures of the side racks on a Gen 1 today, tomorrow at the latest. I will also post some more detailed photos of the Gen 2.
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  20. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    The lock came in the other day so I could build a prototype integrated lock. Lock, lock mount and all hardware is stainless. This option would have to cost between $30.00 - $35.00.

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