Cheaper side racks for soft bags

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Moab, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Moab

    Moab Been here awhile

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    All,
    I am outfitting my 800 with soft side bags and would like some racks that aren't built specifically for hard cases.....I just need a rack that holds them off the exhaust and I dont want to pay the high price for what I wont need. Any ideas?
    all ears :) :ear
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  2. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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    SW-Motech....

    Great thing about these is they come off in about a minute, leaving only a couple of small brackets on the bike.
    And if you ever change your mind and are looking at hard cases, they will probably fit these racks.

    Don't know what expensive is to you, but the Motech racks are around $240 here.
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  3. DavidXT

    DavidXT Adventurer

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    wolfmans got some new racks out for the 800 especially made for their soft luggage
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  4. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Ummm...why don't you get the Giant Loop Great Basin?

    Then you don't need any side racks.

    Nothing to bend or break, doesn't stick out as far (barely past your legs)...oh and saves you about 10lbs. ...and a few bucks.

    Your bike still looks fast too 'cause there is no rack! :evil

    Dave
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  5. blatant

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    true that.

    wlfmn racks and luggage round 500usd i believe. Everything i've ever seen from them has been pretty heavy duty, very utilitarian and bomb proof.
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  6. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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    The Great Basin is a great bag. I just rode for a few days with one on my bike and there's no doubt it is built to last, holds a lot and is easy on and off the bike, but it wasn't right for me for a few reasons. It's $400 + shipping. You can get the Wolfman Dry Expedition Bags and Motech rack for $468 shipped.

    Both great options...just personal preference.
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  7. Moab

    Moab Been here awhile

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    any for the andy strapz?:ear
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  8. NHRedleg

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    I got the Dirt Bagz Ranger saddlebags with their brackets for the wife's F650. Mounted up easy and compatible with rear/tail luggage plate. $250 for the whole set-up and I think the brackets would work with just about any soft saddlebags, they go for $130 alone.
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  9. digdesign

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    Id love to see some pics of those if you have them. Dirtbagz site is thin on details.
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  10. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    If you click on the second "sticky" at the top of the threads here, and go to soft luggage, you will see one about the Moto-Sport semi soft luggage. They build a rack, and a set of soft bags that have an aluminum back side for mounting on the racks. Gives you 54 liters of storage in a compact system. I just found them a couple days ago and they look pretty nice. I think they are made in Southern California. oclv
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  11. Rubber_Down

    Rubber_Down SF Rat...

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    Berg makes some great racks. I had his products on several of my bikes, including my 800.

    Backroadsmoto.com
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  12. Hedge36

    Hedge36 My e-penis is huge.

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    Actually, (edit) $431.76 for the Wolfman Expeditions on Wolfman Racks :deal Shipped.
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  13. Moab

    Moab Been here awhile

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    I'd like to see the gl with a large load + large duffel and possibly a tail bag.
    Biggest issue with the gl ( for me) is that with panniers I still have plenty more top room to pack....for long trips it seems that the gl is at a disadvantage ( am I wrong). Oh.....and the fandango, does it interfere with the ignition, and while I'm at it, and you're the expert........why can't I get a white??:evil
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  14. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I wouldn't mind making something. Anyone North of Sacramento California with a free weekend and a 800GS? I have a full fab shop.
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  15. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    It really depends on your gear for long trips. With all the newer lighter camping gear I can easily pack everything with a Great Basin and a 20L dry bag/roll bag for a month long trip. Right now for the short three day trips all my clothes/camp/cookset/rain gear/shoes/food etc. all fits inside the GB without any other bags. Then it's just a Fandango up front for the quick stuff. Part of the idea with the Giant Loop is you carry less stuff (and less fluff) and hence it's lighter and your bike feels great...not like a tank! It's a nice back rest too! :wink:

    As for the Fandango it sits just behind the ignition. You just reach to the front of the bag and you can just get in there. You can set it up a little further back though too if you want.

    For the white GL I believe it's still on the way but first there is a new colour coming out. Should be later this week in fact and there will be a couple of new features on them too. :deal Keep you eyes peeled on the the GL threads.

    Dave
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