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Old 02-22-2011, 05:45 PM   #25
fishkens
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Location: Seattle, WA
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Originally Posted by bikecat View Post
Need an education here.

The stock R100GS mounts, how sturdy are they? Can any panniers be mounted to those with the right puck/mounting system?

Thanks.
I've found the stock mounts to be pretty durable. They've survived a number of low speed off-road get offs...until one didn't. Fortunately, I was just a day away from home in New Mexico and I held it together with a ancra strap (the welds didn't break completely). Got back into town and had it welded back together with sturdy gussets. Sometime I'll add similar gussets to the shaft side (R100GS).

The failure was at the arms that extend over the muffler to the hoop. They scissored. Looking at the design, it's not surprising.

Here's my best ASCII art showing the diagonal gussets that were added (just imagine that it's 1995 pre-photos ):

....../|\............................/|\
...../ | \........................../ | \
__/...|..\_______________/..|..\ ____

Bottom line: If that's what you've got I'd say that they're sturdy but I would add a few reinforcements including welding the cross brace between the two hoops. If you're buying now, some of the sturdier racks may be a better start.
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