New Wolfman side racks

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  1. eakins

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  2. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    I was admiring those racks the other night...not bad, in my humble opinion.

    Finally, a modern spin on the ol' rectangular jobs...

    What's up with the Wolfman stuff? Are they worth the kidney that I will have to sell to get them?
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  3. eakins

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    yes, EXTREMELY well built!

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  4. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Looks like a nice setup, if you're lucky enough to be on one of the few bikes they make 'em for.
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  5. eakins

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    i'm sure more will come over time.
    looks like they went for a majority at this point.
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  6. r00t4rd3d

    r00t4rd3d ADV Rider

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    It kills me how much racks for dirt bikes are. 10 dollars in material somehow ends up as a 250 dollar rack.

    :huh
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  7. jimmy2020

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  8. r00t4rd3d

    r00t4rd3d ADV Rider

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  9. jimmy2020

    jimmy2020 limpiador de ventanas

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    Unfortunately, the racks are not made for my XChallenge.
    BUT, I do have HEPCO BECKER racks mounted to my XChallenge and the new
    EXPEDITION DRY SADDLE BAGS fit perfectly.
    I'm expecting my bags to arrive today and will post some pics.
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  10. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy back in the saddle again

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    Well, let's see:
    1. Welding equipment $500-$3000 depending
    2. Welding classes and certification $5000
    3. Small Business License & Taxes & Insurance $3000 at least
    4. Shop Space
    5. Paint equipment $2000
    6. Materials $10.00
    7. Jig set-up 4-8 hours (first time)
    8. Labor maybe 4 hours at 60-70 bucks an hour
    9. American Made?? Priceless

    Yep, $250 sounds like a deal to me :D

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  11. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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  12. scottmac

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    Nice if they'd make a set compatable for the WR250R...:thwak
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  13. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Makes cycleracks.com's whole operation seem even more of an awesome business because he's $100 cheaper and sends you a rack with an invoice.
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  14. grub

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    I installed the new wolfman racks on the DR last week. They are very well made, solid and the fit was perfect. I thought the way the teton bags attached to the racks was a little cheesy when I first looked at it but after mounting up the bags I couldn't have been more mistaken. when you get them mounted up they are not moving - at all. I grabbed one bag and lifted the back of the bike off the ground and the bag didn't budge. The bags are outfitted with lots of compression straps so if they aren't fully loaded you can cinch them down tight so nothing flops around, and stuff can be lashed to the outside of the bags with the straps. And the racks and bags work OK with by BBQ rack. I haven't loaded them up and hauled weight with them yet but can't imagine I will have any problems, I am very happy with them.

    Pat
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  15. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Well as soon as they come out with some side racks for the Honda XR650l I'll swoop on them and some Expedition Dry Bags.

    I'm a waiting...
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  16. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    I've been admiring the Wolfman racks but have another question.

    What hard bags will mount up them in case I want to really take a long trip?

    For example, the Happy Trails Teton series (9" pannier) is rated just 40 Liters. That is nearly as much in one side as the Wolfman bags combined will hold.

    So I like the Wolfman product appearance -- and the fact that the racks do not wrap around the rear wheel like the HT racks, but do they leave me a hard bag option?
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  17. Fishfund

    Fishfund Been here awhile

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    I am fine with their pricing. They can charge whatever they want. I am still probably going to buy them as my next bags. But I am pretty sure they don't pay their welders 60-70 an hour. I'm sure it's under $20 and probably in the $15-10 range.

    I don't think it's a deal, but I'm content with shelling out that price.
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  18. grub

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    I am not an engineer but would guess that the racks are plenty sturdy to hold a big hard box, use mounting hardware like fatchance used with his pelican cases and I am sure it would work, but just my opinion.

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  19. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Looking at the design, and all the cinch straps it looks good. Real good.

    Quesiton though, the outer material, how well do you in the peanut gallery think it would get along with gas? It looks (without having seen a set in person) as if one might be able to hook up one or two small (MSR Bottles?) to the outside with out much issue. And if there was some fuel on the outside of the bottle, would that damage the material?

    I ask only cause I know some water-resistant materials don't like gasoline all that much... Especially the rubber based types.
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  20. eakins

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    in the wrr thread i read they were looking for a design bike so expect them sometime soon. wolfman is about luggage for all adv bikes so expect the list to grow over time.
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