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post #1 of 8 Old 01-01-2012, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Pack Rat or Happy Trails Pannier Racks?

I am considering a purchase of one of these pannier racks. If you have one of these please let me know what you liked and didn't like about them. Thanks in advance and ride safe in the 2012.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-01-2012, 10:32 AM
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I have the Happy Trail set-up (Teton 7.5" boxes) on my KLR and am very pleased with it. They are solid as a rock and have survived a slower speed low-side on concrete and lots of off road vibration (actually, the city streets around here are worse than most of the trails!). Don't know anything about Pack Rat to compare.

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Thanks for the info and the pic. Ride safe.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-14-2012, 02:31 PM
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I've got the PackRat racks with Pelican boxes mounted. I am very happy with them and they are rock solid. Had them for a few years now. No issues.







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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-14-2012, 06:12 PM
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The PackRats look very well made. I think either PR or HT would be a good purchase.

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Don't look too closely at mine because it was the first one he made because I wanted to use Pelican boxes. His current construction is similar but not exactly like these.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Thanks again Guys. Really appreciate ya'll taking the time. Ride safe.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-17-2012, 12:35 PM
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Packrat on my 2009 is very solid. HT sits closer to the bike & is perhaps aesthetically a little nicer. Packrat looks stronger...
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