This has been on my to do list for way too long, but this weekend I finally found the motivation to go all the way with it. Problem: ALL pannier racks available for my majestic beast are way too wide, WAY TOO WIDE. The overall width of the touratech panniers I see everyone rocking is 42"! That's just plain silly and unsafe. Solution: Force clearance in my usual reckless manner. I am not afraid to sick the angle grinder on my baby. The breakthrough happened by addressing the main problem first. the muffler. We've all seen people make pie cuts out of the exhaust but no need. Well I was gritting my teeth the whole time but there it is, the point of no return. now I need a new bracket. better get on with it. ALL RIGHT, now that's just shitty enough to let everyone know I do my own work, SPOT ON! 1/4" steel for the bracket, and yes it is rubber mounted thank you very much, give me some credit. now we can get on to the fun stuff. went with hard mounts and I manged to keep the width of both racks at the same width as the plastic over it. the forward lean of the hoop buys me and extra inch or two in width. I put a lot of thought to the tie in points and forces that may be applied to the rack in the event of a hard or light crash. I believe this is the best solution considering weight and number of mounting points, and should be stronger than any commercially available racks. These are all the pieces tacked up. Finish welding complete and this gives you some sort of idea the clearances we're dealing with ooh baby. Mission success! took me just over three real days, all components are made from 3/4" OD steel with .095" wall thickness. I had some warping during the finish welding and had to correct it with a hammer, and let me tell you these racks are STRONG. .065" wall probably would have sufficed. I plan to get the racks powder coated KTM orange. Overall width of the bare racks mounted is an unbelievable 12 1/2" .with the panniers I chose mounted came out to exactly 28"! for reference the handlebars are 33" or 35" with stock brush guards. so yes I will be able to safely lane split with panniers I was fully prepared to make a heat shield for the right pannier but after running at idle for 30 min, it seems the exhaust just misses the pannier and temp was just above room temperature. clearances are 1/2" from the side plastics and the carbon exhaust tip Project was completed without modifying any KTM factory parts. I am entertaining the idea of selling these racks completed in a more professional manner. wings shorty exhaust should be compatible with very limited modifications and no new tune needed, other exhausts would need to be sent in to me or modified to my specifications. pricing and turn around time would be competitive and with a choice of different boxes and powder coat options. quick detach and pannier lock solutions would be made available. PM me for details if you are interested.