Which luggage rack should I buy.

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by stin987, May 1, 2011.

  1. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Looking to get a rear luggage rack but don't want to break the bank if I don't have to. I need to know what to look for. It will be used to strap down dry duffel type bags.

    Please give me suggestions so I buy the right rack on the first try.

    Thanks
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  2. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Oh yea feel free to leave pics b/c looks do matter a little bit.
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    I've got the Touratech rack. Works well. But if I were buying today, I'm fairly sure that I'd spring for the MOD rack. I think that rack nails it.
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  4. fastredbike

    fastredbike out riding

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    MOD's the one you want.

    lots of pics and details here: www.motooverland.com

    d:thumb
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  5. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    +2

    Dave at Mod has the best rack, and the best engine guard, hands down.
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  6. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    +3 on the MOD

    I like the way you can move it forward around 2" for when your riding solo with a load back there. I know it clears my BMW comfort seat in the forward position.

    I have 2 different cases I use on it.
    A Sears cheep that looks like a GIVI
    and a plastic Stanley tool box for when I need to carry more.
    The Stanley fits it perfect, and even had lid seals on it and a place for a pad lock.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14670495#post14670495
    The MOD strap holes in front and rear of the rack just clear the Stanley so I can strap a tent on top. The Stanley has a V in the top to keep the tent from rolling around.
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  7. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    I just went through this process myself and the MOD rack wins hands down.

    Quality, price, customer service and versatility all in one package.


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  8. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Wow. I guess that answers the question. Thanks all.
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  9. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Second question is what do you use for straps. Meaning what kind of straps should I buy to ride along with me.
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  10. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    I'm currently running the large Wolfman Rolie on mine with plans to pick up a 34L Caribou top box for two up riding. The beauty of the MOD rack is it's versatility. :clap
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  11. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Lets me see a pick of the large wolfman bag on your bike. I was thinking of using the same setup but have not decided on which size bag to buy. small, med. or large
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  12. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    Opps my bad, I was thinking about the wolfman dry duffle bag not the rolie. The large rolie would work great but I would rather have the duffle. If you have used the duffle please give me input on which size is best for the gs.
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  13. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    MOD gets my vote hands down.
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  14. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Westy's picture shows the rack in the forward position.
    The bolts (show loose in Westy's picture) have a tapered head, that seats in a tapered hole in the rack.
    there are three sets of holes. If I recall, the center is bigger so you can remove the rack, then you can tighten the bolts in the forward and rearward holes giving you around 2" of movement. The rear position gives you more room if you have a passenger.
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  15. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    towpro - I believe you are correct, you can remove the rack by sliding it to the center position. I've had the wife on for a couple rides and in the rear position, there was plenty of room for her to sit without getting into the rack.


    I don't have a Wolfman duffel but here's a couple shots of the large Rolie.


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    I need to get some better pictures (it's been raining for about a week straight here) but these will give you an idea on how the large Rolie works as a tailbag.
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  16. Moqui

    Moqui Adventurer

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    MOD with out a doubt!!! It is the best rack available. Don't forget to order the side stand foot when you order the rack. You won't regret either purchase.
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  17. puckinet

    puckinet Safety third

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    I have a TT got when I bought the bike, I am in the process of getting the MOD and I use RoK Straps.
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  18. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Rok straps without a doubt, I have the TT rack but love what I'm seeing with the MOD rack. Very nice.
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  19. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    I was stuck between the tt rack and the mod rack. I think it will be worth the extra cash in the long run to get the mod due to the ability to move it forward and backward or add a case or whatever. XPC racing has had my seat for 1.5 weeks. I have spent my riding time here on advrider while I wait.
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  20. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    eh....I'm not so sure its all answered with the MOD. Personally, I don't like any tail rack that protrudes to the sides significantly beyond the seat width and/or grab rails. Especially not one that has a thin leading-edge. You'll better understand what I mean, if you ever make a sudden exit out the back door! It can slice you like a knife. :deal Ask me how I know. On 2nd thought, don't ask me. Its too painful to remember. Worst part....I was forewarned, by One who knew.

    I went with the SW Motech steel toprack which is a bit narrower and shaped closer to the bike perimeter:

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    Stock photo from Twisted Throttle...grabbed in a hurry. I don't have one from my bike handy.

    Anyway, its plenty good for strapping on all manner of drybags and duffels.

    +100 on Rok Straps. Those are the absolute greatest straps EVER invented.

    My 2 cents.

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. fashionably late, as always...
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