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03-18-2017 12:29 PM
DanBarwick Thanks! Good info.
That may be the cleanest garage floor on the planet.
03-18-2017 11:28 AM
Tom Schmitz Dan,

The hump is a pretty good thing when I'm using the Alaska bag. That's what I use most often, so I think I'd get it again. Don't have to worry about anything sliding off. I did add loops for the webbing that holds the Alaska in place and for the straps on my Nelson Riggs, too.

It does really limit what I can have for a hard case, though. I found I was limited to the Seahorse SE-540. It would be nice to be able to mount the SE-630, but that would need to overhang in the back just a bit.



I have removed the handle since this photo was taken.
03-18-2017 11:02 AM
DanBarwick
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Dan,

The CR mounts to the rear rack attach points and the passenger peg bosses. If I recall correctly I made use of some of the stock flanged bushings, but I don't know that it is really critical. I have no passenger pegs so I can't say if there is any difficulty mounting the rack with the begs in place.

The turn signals mount to separate pieces that attach to the rack.

Hump? What hump?

If you mean along the rear rail, yes. It's as seen in post #4.
Thanks Tom! About the hump, I should've been more specific: yes, I meant along the rear rail, and I saw that you had one, so what I meant was, now that you have the hump, would you get it again? I see it's available flat or with a hump.
03-18-2017 08:53 AM
KLR - Ken Sure appreciate the advise guys!
03-17-2017 03:47 PM
Damocles Right you are, usdualsports! Cycleracks may be overkill, wretched excess for many klristas. Your Tusk/Rocky Mountain endorsement appears sound.

Truth be told, with the current prices: Reckon I'd have thought twice about the investment in Cycleracks. I'm fully satisfied with the product, and I can justify the price to some extent by "economy of scale," since the luggage set fits both KLR650 and KLR250 seamlessly.

That said, don't know if the luggage is now available from Cycleracks or not. Regardless, the Cyclerack remains a robust, if somewhat pricey, rack. I was also intrigued by the auxiliary fuel container possibility. BTW, the saddle bags fit on my KTM690 pannier racks (without fuel container).
03-17-2017 01:55 PM
usdualsports
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Rocky Mountain is a reputable vendor, and Tusk products offer considerable value, in my experience.

I think however, we're talking apples and cumquats, comparing Tusk racks with Cycleracks products.

The 12" x 18" Cyclerack rear rack will support an elk quarter, plus the structure actually reinforces and strengthens the KLR650's subframe (an otherwise limiting point in KLR design). Nothing against the Tusk racks, for what they are, but Cycleracks takes the game to another level, IMHO.

Only need a light duty rack? Tusk may be your best buy.
Oh I agree 100% on the apples and cumquats I just figured most guys don't really need a go into battle style rack, so thought I would throw that out there if someone was looking for a little cheaper alternative.
03-17-2017 01:38 PM
Damocles
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I can't post a link yet but I would go to Rockymountain ATV/MC and check out their Tusk brand racks they are well made and prices event better.
Rocky Mountain is a reputable vendor, and Tusk products offer considerable value, in my experience.

I think however, we're talking apples and cumquats, comparing Tusk racks with Cycleracks products.

The 12" x 18" Cyclerack rear rack will support an elk quarter, plus the structure actually reinforces and strengthens the KLR650's subframe (an otherwise limiting point in KLR design). Nothing against the Tusk racks, for what they are, but Cycleracks takes the game to another level, IMHO.

Only need a light duty rack? Tusk may be your best buy.
03-17-2017 12:25 PM
usdualsports I can't post a link yet but I would go to Rockymountain ATV/MC and check out their Tusk brand racks they are well made and prices event better.
03-17-2017 04:43 AM
Damocles On my Generation 1, two critical mounting bolts come up from the bottom of the OEM "rear rack." Don't recall whether OEM bolts are used, or longer ones are supplied as mounting hardware. I believe I drilled and tapped the existing threads through, and used longer Allen-head bolts as fasteners for added strength.

If I get terribly ambitious, I may make an image of the mounting details mentioned.

Then, again; I have CycleRacks on both my KLR650 and my KLR250; I may be mentally conflating (don't you LOVE that kind of talk? ) the two installations.

I also have auxiliary fuel container and Cycleracks textile panniers and top case, seamlessly mountable and demountable on either bike.

May post a picture or two of the setup.

The textile bags look sloppy when empty, but . . . filled up, they shape out aesthetically o.k., KLR-wise. The auxiliary fuel container is shown mounted on its bracket, opposite side of the exhaust:



Bags (panniers and top case) removed, this is what the fuel container and its bracket look like, mounted on the rack:



The little KLR250 with its luggage (and fuel container) set:



Some flexibility exists in fore-and-aft luggage mounting:



Top case, anyone?



CycleRacks offers lifetime warranty; excellent customer service.
03-16-2017 11:42 PM
Tom Schmitz Dan,

The CR mounts to the rear rack attach points and the passenger peg bosses. If I recall correctly I made use of some of the stock flanged bushings, but I don't know that it is really critical. I have no passenger pegs so I can't say if there is any difficulty mounting the rack with the begs in place.

The turn signals mount to separate pieces that attach to the rack.

Hump? What hump?

If you mean along the rear rail, yes. It's as seen in post #4.
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