Dual Sport Luggage Racks

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  1. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    I finished side mounting the RotopaX fuel pack today. As I had suspected, the DRZ 's aluminum sub frame can't handle the offset weight without lots of sub frame twisting going on. I will not be offering this as a mounting option.


    Looks great, but it's a bad idea on the DRZ. It might work on a DR or KLR with their steel sub frames though.
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    Here is my mounting recommendation. Mounted this way, one of the bags that are designed to fit over a seat should work well.
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    With this type of bag over the fuel pack.
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  2. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    Thanks for the R&D, good work!

    I really like the mount on top and how the center portion of the rack is exactly the right size!
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  3. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Thanks zgfiredude, while I'd like to take credit for that, the center portion being exactly the right size was just a coincidence.

    Well I now know that the top mount fuel pack is the only way to go on a DRZ.
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  4. eakins

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    nice.
    you should make one for the dr650 as you'll sell a ton of those for that price.
    maybe go a little wider for the 650. everyone sorely misses the ebay bbq rack for the 650.
    i'm lucky i scored one.

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  5. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    eakins, I'm looking for someone in the northeast with a 1996 and newer DR650 that still has the stock rear end. That means an OEM tail lamp, signal lamps, grab handles, seat, etc. I'll make them a new rack for free if they let me use their bike to mount it to. This would only take a few hours. As soon as that happens, I'll have a big BBQ type rack designed for the DR. I won't steal the original makers design, but I'll come up with a good one of my own.
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  6. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Protoype rack with the mounting plate for RotopaX Pack Mount attachment. As you can see, two bolts go down through the Pack Mount and nuts are welded onto the back side of the plate. It also has rings for bungie attachment. I'll test this over the next few days and if all is well, then I'll make some round corner racks with these features. Suggestions are welcome. Tell me what you want!

    EDIT: see page 1 for newest design.


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  7. jamnjim

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    Tom, I really like the rack. However; I do have another suggestion based upon my experience with a bungie net on top of my tank bag on my CBR 600. I'm wondering, in rough terrain, if four bungie hooks is enough. On my CBR, when I ride hard in the twisties, aggressively accelerating, decelerating, and leaning from side to side abruptly, the four point attachment for my bungie net-to-tank bag was not enough to keep things under the bungie net under the net and the G forces allowed whatever I had under the net move forward, backward, or to the side between, and sometimes out from under the bungie net hooks. I went to a shoe shop and had them add four more hooks to my tank bag, one between each corner. It works great and keeps everything under the bungie net in place.

    How about one more hook between each corner?
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  8. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Jim, good suggestion and I can see the benefit of more loops, but I'm wondering if the mid hooks could just be hooked to the rack itself?
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  9. jamnjim

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    I'm sure a bungie net hook could be attached to the rack itself and work fine for many applications. My thought was to place a couple of water/fuel bottles on both sides of the Rotopax gas can(s), lying in the ft-to-rr opening on your rack next to the Rotopax gas can(s). Without an additional hook between the corner hooks, attaching the bungie net hooks directly to the rack will likely interfear with the bottles sitting flat in the opening without rocking back and forth, which could eventually wear a hole in the bottle or cause the bungie net hook to weaken and break.
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  10. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Jim, I will happily put some additional mid point loops on your rack for no extra charge. I can even put them on the sides of the rack if that is better for you. I'll PM you for details. - Tom
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  11. jamnjim

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    I emailed you a sketch, but after considering it a litte more, I'd like to tweak it a bit. I called, but you were not available, give me a buzz when you have a chance and we'll talk more. THX!
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  12. frank walsh

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    Any thoughts about a rack for the DL1000/650? We will be at Wilgus park this weekend in case you want to take some measurements :-)
    Frank
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  13. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Frank, I have thought about it and it would be easy for me since I have a DL650 myself. Are you thinking about a replacement for the OEM alum. rack or just an add on larger platform? Wilgus SP? I haven't been to that one yet, but I don't know if I'll be able to find time to get away.
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  14. frank walsh

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    tom:
    My son in law has a DL1000 and wants a larger platform to replace the stock rack. He currently has a Suzuki side and top rack deal on it now with the Kappa bags but hates them. So he is pulling the mounts and looking for a good size platform for dry bags, etc.
    I have a 12X18 flat aluminum plate on my Wee but can't remember where I got it.
    The Wilgus SP is a Yankee Beemer first of the season event called the Frosty Nutz Rally. I went last year and had a great time.
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  15. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    I won't have time to develop a new rack for a while. I'm a Misc. Metals subcontractor currently swamped with other fabricating projects. I will get to it sometime though. The aluminum plate attaches to your existing rack? My main concern with them is the sharp edges in a getoff.

    I've heard of the Frosty Nutz Rally. It sounds like a rather uncomfortable kind of fun, but I guess not too bad as long as it's followed shortly by a Toasty Nutz Rally.:lol3
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  16. jackpiner57

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    Still have 6 of these left. I can put a RotopaX mounting plate on them too.
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  17. fishdawgz

    fishdawgz living the dream

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    Tom,
    I got the rack and installed it in five minutes - nice design work. I added an agri-tool-tube and my Wolfman Enduro bags and they matched up great. Thanks for making an excellent product at a very fair price!


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  18. jackpiner57

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    Fishdawgz, I'm glad you like the rack! Hope you get many years of luggage carrying use from it. Good looking bikes there and I like the tool tube too. Look me up if you are going to be riding up here in Vermont. I know where a lot of the good stuff is. - Tom
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  19. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    This rack is for sale and has a mounting plate w/nuts welded on the backside for bolting the RotopaX Pack Mount down and can be removed quickly when not needed. Also has bungie loops in each corner. Pack Mount and Gas Pack not included.

    $99.00 shipping included to anywhere in the USA including Alaska and Hawaii.


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  20. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Hi Tom,.....Having any luck fabricating a larger rack for the DR650? I would like to see a rack with the ROTOPAX mount on the left side (like the one you did for your DRZ) and a guard over the exhaust on the right side to protect soft panniers. Ill be standing in line for one if you decide build them!!!!!!

    ride safe!!
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