So we've all heard/seen the 650 xchallenge...let's see your XCOUNTRY!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Olas, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    I've got the dirtbagz rails along with some cameron soft saddle bags. It's the cheapest bars I've found on the market and I like It since it doesn't alter the line of the bike.
    Except that I got an Xtank and It doesn't protect very well in case of crash.
  2. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Which is what the X-rack does...

    [​IMG]

    Admittingly it's not at the cheap end but it's well made and the sides come off in about 5 minutes.
  3. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    Looks like you come off in about five seconds Aard :rofl

    Regs

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    PS maybe I'd better re-phrase that!
  4. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Dutchgit,
    So finaly what parts of the bike did the insurance pay you off?
    Any bent or scratch on your rack?
    Last question can you take off the bars keeping only the rear racks on the bike?
  5. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Insurance payed me a totall sum on all the parts that had even the tiniest scratch on them which at a BMW costs serious money. It was a third of the price I paid for the bike.
    The rack was still straight after the crash, just a scratch on the right hand lower tube of about 2" long. It's light and strong !
    The top rack can be used on its own as the sides are connected by 5 bolts each side: 1 on the rear fender, 3 on the rack and 1 on the bracket that (with the ally rear frame) takes the place of the passenger footrests.

    Cheers, Ard
  6. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    ouch!! :d
  7. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Being able to split the two parts is quite convenient.
    Can you still leave the passagers foostrest when the rack is mounted on the bike?
    Thanks
  8. Johnnyboxer

    Johnnyboxer Long timer

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    Same with the Hepco and Becker System, I think you can also leave the footpegs in place too
  9. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    So what makes the hotrod Xrack better over the H&B? The strenght? It seems that the diameter of the tubes is bit bigger on the Xrack.
    Or maybe a larger top rack on the hotrod.
    If you add the top rack that comes along the total price are about the same Xrack vs H&B: ~400Euros
  10. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    The HB top rack is a good bit narrower than the HotRod one and there is a bit that stands up at the front of it so you won't be able to move any big bag partly over the seat so the weight distribution is better.
    On mine the passenger pegs are removed so the bottom of the rack attaches to the frame.
    I'm not sure if Erik has a solution for that but feel free to email him with any questions.
    Not sure if you are planning on adding an extra fueltank but I know it's possible with the Hotrod rack, not sure if it fits with the HB one but I think it might.
    I couldn't find any decent pictures of one with the HB rack fitted so I can't comment any further on that one.

    Cheers, Ard
  11. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    Not a x country but shows the rack
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    From my mobile
  12. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    It seems that it fits the Xtank as well:
    (you can put a touratech top rack too)


    [​IMG]

    The Spanish biker has got the all set.
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    Cheers for that Bob. Shows it really well.

    Cheers, Ard
  14. The Spanish Biker

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    Having seen Aard's xrack in the flesh it looks much stronger than my H&B, but that has taken quite a bashing too and is none the worse for wear.

    I think the big difference is that the xrack allows you to fit the larger tank option - 9.5 litres I think.

    I've seen one of these on an xChallenge but without the rack - looks good!

    Simon
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    I'd only be interested in the HB pannier rack not the rear rack. I have the OEM won with pillion grab rails that works ok for me.

    I have no idea with this is compatible with the HB pannier frames though.

    I'd also like to know how they are quick connect/disconnect, not seen them in the flesh.

    On a separate note, I was doing some gravel riding at the weekend. At about 40-50mph I hit a big pot hole and bottomed out the suspension hard (with a pillion too). Do I now have to fear my swing arm snapping?
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    HB Pannier rails, not compatible with the BMW rack.............I don't think
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    I don't think so but the standard spring is waaaay too soft for anything other than one-up road riding in my view and I'm not that heavy, I guess I'm about 90 Kilos kitted up and mine bottomed out on the trail a fair bit.
  18. Jim Lad

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    Hi, just to confirm that the BMW rack is not compatible with the HB pannier rails. I had to remove my BMW rear rack and fitted the Trax rear rack which works well with the HB frames. The Trax rack also provides support accross the 2 sides of the HB frame and makes it feel more solid.
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    Now that is a very nice picture !
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