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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GB, Apr 24, 2008.
Hot rod welding, hepco Becker, and dirt bagz make standoffs. Congrats on the purchase!
Mosko Moto Scout or Backcountry PANNIERS require racks that support ALL the weight of each pannier on each side, this is a lot more of a requirement than their Reckless 80 bag that is slung over the seat/top rack which takes most of the weight. Plus there are clearance concerns for sliding the MM Scout up. The HotRod was not intended for pannier weight, nor the DirtBagz. Investigate thoroughly, just saying it's not obvious.
IT worked out well for one year. Then it failed. Mounted up pretty easily, not an exact fitment but so close. The bag pre fuel filter does not fit so well. Nothing that would cause me to want to spend BMW money on it. Plus that warranty was exceptional, and the customer service. The fuel filter itself is found cheaply enough, but only from europe. Found a company who will ship it and take care of customs for you, for near $60 total.
Can you explain how the hotrod welding xrack isn't designed for panniers? It says right on the website that it was designed around the macadam panniers, but suited for all kinds of soft luggage. It also connects to the front part of the subframe, as well as the rear, certainly looks plenty stout to support the Mosko panniers.
Obviously the dirt bagz are just standoffs. Not trying to start a pissing contest, just curious why you say they aren't built to support panniers?
With the Magadan, like the Dirtbagz, the weight rests on the seat via a harness between the two bags. The bag is attached to the rack only to hold it in place. Personally, I started with the Dirtbagz and didn't find them satisfactory. Since then I've used a Great Basin and now a Reckless 80 which looks to be the more practical adventure touring setup.
The Hotrod rack was indeed designed for the Magadan bags. The weight is spread over the whole rear of the bike. The rack might not be suited for the Mosko's.
I have the rack and the Magadans.
Has anyone used a fender bag on their x? I'm thinking about trying one out but it looks like it would probably block the headlight pretty bad. Anyone have any experience?
I guess I'm just curious as to why they wouldn't work with a set of panniers that don't have the straps to go across the top of the bike. They look very stout, and built in a way to spread the load. I could be very wrong, I just wonder why they wouldn't work?
With the OEM fender, a fender bad is worthless, as it blocks the headlight and makes the floppy fender flop worse.
I was afraid of that
It might work with panniers (soft or hard) as I've crashed my bike on them quite a few times and they've held up very well.
You might try and use a strap connecting the bags over the rack.
Try an Acerbis fender. (85cc MX KTM +/- 2012 model) they come in various colours and are very strong. You need to drill two holes between the factory 4 but that's enough. Then you'll have space between the fender and the light for a bag.
What did you do for the lower headlight mounts that attach to the fender?
Nothing as I've got two XCountry's turned Challenge. The Country has a different headlight (mounting) so you'll have to improvise there.
Hey guys, quick question... I'm gonna install a usb port thingy on my handlebars before I head off around Europe for a month.
I don't want to connect it directly to my battery as i'll likely drain it dry. The product i've ordered has a single usb port and a cigarette lighter port. I'd like there to be NO current draw when the key is off. Can i just connect it inline with the ignition cables?
Cheers in advance..
That would work, make sure you get a USB port that supplies 2.1 amps. I have a Samsung Galaxy 5 and it will barely stay charged running maps on a 1 amp USB. I'm in process of upgrading now.
Cheers bud, so running it inline with the ignition switch isn't a bad idea electrically?...
No problem, 2 amps at 5 volts is less than 1 amp at 12 volts so it isn't much of a load in the big picture.
Boom, thanks again.
Warranty fuel pump arrived. It is a different shape than the first, which is different from the OEM. The latest one included and new two wire plug, Neg and Pos to pump unit. It included a newer pre filter that seems to fit much better than the last, and a few rubber sleeves.
I got creative with zip ties to mount it, as the included sleeves won't work for our application/oemfitment . Re did my redneckery and she fired right up!