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post #1 of 37 Old 05-07-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Rear rack options ?

I think the rear on my 2008 is kind of worthless. Smooth, flat, with very little places for bungee attachments and such.

Has anyone made a better rack?
I'm thinking about drilling some holes in mine or mounting an old milk crate on top.
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post #2 of 37 Old 05-07-2011, 09:57 AM
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Using the existing bolts on my '09 rack, I made a rudimentary mounting plate out of plywood and some spacers and put a Pelican Storm case back there. I wish I would've gotten the next bigger size of case, but it works good, stuff stays dry.
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post #3 of 37 Old 05-07-2011, 10:08 AM
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Kick around a Pelican case (or similar) mounted on your rear rack.. Most are tough and waterproof, big enough to hold stuff, yet flat enough to not be a big huge box on the back of the bike..

I hate top boxes, but I don't mind the smaller Pelican on my bike, and with Bungie Buddies, I can still strap bigger things to the top..



I just mounted it by drilling the holes for 1/4" stainless hardware, all the way through the box and rack.. I used button head hardware and fender washers to give good, almost flat support inside the box.
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I've taken my trunk off once since I put it on years ago. And that was to add more storage. I can't imagine why I would take it off. I'd end up at the grocery store with no way to get home.

I like the way the pelicans look, but my trunk holds a lot. I get a gallon of milk for the little jaw like every other day for instance.




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I've been told that if you don't feed kids, they'll stay little and cute.. Don't know if it's true or not..

I think my parents tried, but I learned how to cook..

NOW THAT is post 3500... Just imagine how informative my other 3499 were..
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Here's my '07 with Cycleracks.com rack and pannier set:



The rack's incredibly strong; manufacturer says none has ever broken in service.

Have Cyclerack also on my KLR250; pannier set conveniently movable between the two bikes.

Cycleracks available for '08 and later KLR's also.

(Image by Mark, "NC Hillbilly.")

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EDIT: Maybe NOT available for '08's and later; at http://www.cycleracks.com , I saw no applications for the latter-day KLR's.

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I wasn't doing much so I removed the stock rack to take a look at it. Looks plenty sturdy so I just drilled 6 holes in it to give me good attachment points. I have plenty of storage in the sidebags for stuff. This gives me the option to carry big bulky stuff without having to worry about the bungies coming off. Now I can actually use the rack!


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I realize this looks like nothing compared to Damocles nice setup.
But for what I'll use the bike for, it should suit me just fine.
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I've been told that if you don't feed kids, they'll stay little and cute.. Don't know if it's true or not..

I think my parents tried, but I learned how to cook..

NOW THAT is post 3500... Just imagine how informative my other 3499 were..
3500! Congrats!




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Really good.




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