Joel - Thanks. I was going to say the same about you. Kim & I have played with the idea of having a winter home on the big lake. We both love winter. I don't know why but we do. As soon as I get back from this trip I'll be hammering out a new luggage rack using the same mounting points but with different geometry. It does center the weight over the rear axle which I like and it makes the bike more stable when loaded. The bag did not interfere with the riding position but I haven't taken a test ride yet with the bag installed. It is supposed to rain this afternoon so hopefully tomorrow that base will get covered.