Originally Posted by ktm950se
My only concern, and it may be irrelevant if the racks are overbuilt, is that making them out of aluminum might prevent you from being able to readily find a repair station in remote regions of the US and/or 3rd-world countries in the event they became damaged. Steel welding, and broken racks from adventure riding, are universal. 'Just reading a few ride reports easily confirms this.
But finding someone to weld alloys in remote regions, well that's a potential problem.
'Not knocking the desire to keep things light, only concerned about the possible problems having a irreparable rack out in the field could cause...
Yup, that's a valid concern. I normally use steel. Long term plan is composite. I consider this to be an "interim" rack.
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