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post #1 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Luggage Rack

I had an idea to give me some additional storage space. I would really like to ride two up on a camping trip. I currently don't have enough room in my cases and trunk to accommodate the things I would need for a two person camping trip so I came up with adding a luggage rack to the top of my trunk.





I have the materials I need to add a 10"x20" grill style metal rack to the top of the trunk. I would use it for items that would normally go behind the rider if riding single like the tent and maybe a couple lightweight camp chairs.

My only real concern is breaking the plastic that the trunk is made out of. I'm not sure how much weight I could place on the four bolts I will use to attach the rack before the plastic gives.

Anyone ever try this before? Anyone have any better ideas?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 03:22 PM
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I think a better idea is to REMOVE your top case, and in it's place get a waterproof bag from Cabelas --the biggest is too big, so choose carefully. My wife freaked at the idea-at first, but finds the large waterproof bag just as secure &more comfortable. After a lot of trips-solo and with spouse, this is how I pack:stuff for the bike(tools lubricate,battery charger,etc) and my clothes in right pannier. Wife's stuff left pannier. Cabelas. Bag everything that's left if it dosent fit into my very large tank bag ( with right and left panniers) (Touratech )And yes, I still pack too much!!

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I am thinking about adding something like this:



http://www.shopatron.com/products/pr...=ATVRB-B/697.0

It is really wide, but I think it will sit atop my panniers really nicely.

For your solution, you might get a stronger result if you put a metal bracket inside the lid to connect the 4 bolts together.

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my buddy did the same thing he uses the wal mart version of a medium dry bag . he put his food,stove dishes on the left bag, clothes on the right and tent tied with dry bag even had a lawn chair and his load was much lower than mine .. drove better in the soft stuff we rode 140 miles in dirt .

i dont have saddle bags yet so everything was in my traxx top box and back seat ..


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Nice V-Strom!!!

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking about adding something like this:



http://www.shopatron.com/products/pr...=ATVRB-B/697.0

It is really wide, but I think it will sit atop my panniers really nicely.

For your solution, you might get a stronger result if you put a metal bracket inside the lid to connect the 4 bolts together.
I considered one of these. I don't really want to spend the money on one right now though.

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I considered one of these. I don't really want to spend the money on one right now though.
Amazon has em a little cheaper for what it is worth:






They come in black if cammo isn't your thing.

That said, if you did go this route, you might be better off getting a more expensive one - these might be low quality.

However, I don't think this is an ideal solution because you already have a top case.

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not sure of a solution but I had a friend do this...:
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-26-2012, 04:09 PM
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wow what is that
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I tow a trailer with mine, works great! If no trailer, ditch the rear box and stack drybags...they are great! And like someone says comphy!!!

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