Moose Racing Expedition Luggage Rack - Review

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by azia, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. azia

    azia Adventurer

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    Just installed the Moose Racing Expedition Luggage Rack on my bike this weekend. Here's the product from Moose Racing: http://mooseracing.com/catalog.jsp?level1=2082&product_group_id=11375&startPage=1 It's the same product as the TCI Outback Rack https://tciproductsusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=144_145_149&products_id=735

    The MR version retails $380US/$430CDN but I got a great deal on it from a local store. :D The rack is permanent on the bike but the cases can be removed via a spring-loaded mechanism that can be locked down as well. I chose this because it was A) cheap B) included a top-rack that is an exact replacement for my TCI Borrego rack which has worked wonderfully for previous roadtrips with my dry bag.

    Have a bunch of close up photos and will write a review of the install process but thought I'd post the two pics I've uploaded first.

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  2. azia

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    I checked online but can't find a weight measurement for this particular rack. On that note, I can't find much of ANY info on this rack. However, there is a bit more info (incl youtube videos) for the KLR and other bikes this rack is available for. I suspect because Moose does more dirt/dualsport stuff.

    Moose Racing also offers 1520 to mount to this - from what I can tell, just a rebadged regular 1520 but I believe it's 26 or 30L vs. 35L Pelican 1550 and 36L Storm im2600.

    My really short summary of the rack/install:

    Pros:
    1) Came with photo/written instructions that were clear and easy to follow and hardware came in separate, clearly labelled baggies
    2) Install steps themselves were straight forward (remove bolts, put in bolts, extend wiring, done)
    3) Construction seems really solid and I can at least vouch for the top rack as it's basically my previous TCI Borrego top rack welded to two side racks. I used that one for 2 seasons with absolutely no issues.
    4) Really cheap - under $350 for a system that includes side AND top rack. The pair of Pelicans (Storm im2600, similar to 1550) I have on order come to $300.
    5) Spring load mechanism seems really strong and a padlock can be added to secure the cases to the racks.

    Cons:
    1) Was kinda of a b**** to install because once a certain area was bolted tight, another shifted enough that the bolt could not go through (if that makes sense). Two person job - one to hold rack tight while the other tightens bolts.
    2) Really tight on exhaust side. Worried a slight hit there would dent right into the exhaust and possible melting of plastic cases (I'll probably put some heat shield on the case just to be safe)
    3) Rack does not remove from bike, only cases - I don't mind but some might want the flexibility.

    I've got a ton of pic so I'll just dump them here in case anyone finds them useful:

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  3. azia

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    Bike the rack is going onto:
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    TCI Borrego rack that's pretty much the top portion of the Moose Racing Expedition rack (aka TCI Outback rack)
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    It is a very manly-man luggage rack as seen here [:D]:
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    After removing existing rack, plastic tail, remove factory handlebars:
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    Cut tie for turn signal wires, remove outside bolt, then pull it out
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  4. azia

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    Handlebar goes back on.

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    2 short brackets seen in last post bolt to the rack and under the tail to brace it - I like this as it prevents heavy weight bending the brackets inwards over time:
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    But annoying to install as seen here. I realized I need to grow my arms and improve my eyesight!
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    Photos of the bolts (see how the plates don't exactly match up? I'm not sure it's a mistake though as the hole for the bolt is oval as if it's a slide-to-fit design):
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    You're supposed to put the bolts/washers/nuts on loosely starting from the front bolts, then the back of the racks. Then go back to the front and tighten. This makes me think they understand this would be an issue (a really tight fit). See below how the holes don't line up? If you tighten the bolts in the photos above, you'll get this misalignment at the top rack. If you tighten the top rack first, you'll get misalignment at the bottom. !@#$!! So here's where a second (strong) person comes into play - holds the rack with the holes aligned while you tighten the various bolts down.
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    Here's a photo of how tight it is against the exhaust.
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    This was really annoying, too. The bolt where the indicator light is. It's really tight against the plastic cover and hard to tighten down:
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    Waiting (impatiently!) for my Storm im2600 pair from Twisted Throttle - should get them in a week or so. I'll post the install when it comes.

    Riding down south for a few weeks and camping it soon so I'll also post a review of how they hold up then.
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  5. azia

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    Pelicans (actually Storm im2600) came today!

    It's night and I didn't take a good side pic but here's one from the front. And I can still put the dry bag on top across with the "integrated" top rack and a couple straps. Awesome!!

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    $303 Cases
    $363 Rack
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    $666CDN Total (that's incl tax, shipping, etc.) for an extra 72L of space. Not bad!!!
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  6. chriselgui

    chriselgui Been here awhile

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    Im looking at getting this rack system, wondering what you think about them after the fact, now that you've had them for a wile.
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  7. azia

    azia Adventurer

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    PM'd you back. Sorry, it's been a while since I've been on. Might as share on here for anyone else who may be interested.

    I've now gone on a couple long road trips (this August we did Utah, Colorado and the states from there back to Ontario) plus shorter ones. This setup has gone through some tough weather - sitting in baking sun all day, hail, torrential rain, etc. and a couple drops.

    Here's the setup since I didn't take a side pic originally.

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