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Old 12-07-2011, 08:58 PM   #19
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4. Luggage rack system - Capability to carry about 40-50 lbs

I decided to develop a lightweight top rack with my standard pannier brackets. I had developed similar racks for many bikes as well as integrated subframe / luggage rack for the XR650R.

The reason for this approach was simple...

a. This approach would allow me to develop all the interfaces to connect to the bike
b. The standard pannier bracket would allow use of a standard soft bags, etc.
c. This would also allow evaluation of aluminum for this application.

The top rack has mount points for RotoPax brackets as well.

Here is the design thus far...



Here it is in testing in Reno during Thanksgiving. The softbag is loaded with about 20 lbs in this pic & only on one side to create a torsional load.



More testing to come.




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