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Old 12-15-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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Question F800GS Adventure rack question

Looking at the pictures of the F800GS Adventure, the rear rack does not appear to have a crossbar. The TT rack for the F800GS has a crossbar. Given the amount of weight the bike is capable of carrying, I would have thought a crossbar would be a good idea to stabilize the panniers and help prevent the rack from cracking due to long distances on bumpy dirt roads or for the occasional fall. Has anyone had any issues with the OEM rack? Is a crossbar not really needed? I know the panniers themselves are made by TT, I assume they are good quality.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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Looking at the pictures of the F800GS Adventure, the rear rack does not appear to have a crossbar. The TT rack for the F800GS has a crossbar. Given the amount of weight the bike is capable of carrying, I would have thought a crossbar would be a good idea to stabilize the panniers and help prevent the rack from cracking due to long distances on bumpy dirt roads or for the occasional fall. Has anyone had any issues with the OEM rack? Is a crossbar not really needed? I know the panniers themselves are made by TT, I assume they are good quality.
Someone can feel free to correct me here, but the 800GSA rack has a connector under the seat. So there is basically a top brace as opposed to a bottom brace. The rack is intended to serve double duty as a gas tank protector, so I'd assume it is engineered to withstand the weight of the bike being dropped on it. As such, I can't imagine it isn't strong enough to hold up a couple of panniers worth of weight.

In practice, I have dropped mine, including on concrete. The bars didn't budge, and actually lefts divet in the concrete without a scratch on the bars, so they seem tough.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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Someone can feel free to correct me here, but the 800GSA rack has a connector under the seat. So there is basically a top brace as opposed to a bottom brace. The rack is intended to serve double duty as a gas tank protector, so I'd assume it is engineered to withstand the weight of the bike being dropped on it. As such, I can't imagine it isn't strong enough to hold up a couple of panniers worth of weight.

In practice, I have dropped mine, including on concrete. The bars didn't budge, and actually lefts divet in the concrete without a scratch on the bars, so they seem tough.
Thanks, that makes sense
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:16 PM   #4
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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Has anyone had any issues with the OEM rack? Is a crossbar not really needed? I know the panniers themselves are made by TT, I assume they are good quality.
Yes they are good quality and the only problem I've encountered with the stock rear rack is it's not nearly big enough. I removed the stock rack and replaced it with a unit from Black Dog.




The unit comes pre-drilled with holes for RotoPax and a Warn X-17 winch. I've used it for a number of extended runs and just works great, as all products from Black Dog do.

Compare the stock rack with this one. Much bigger platform.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:46 PM   #6
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FWIW, the factory GSA rack is the same pn as the non GSA rack. It's well tested.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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Yes they are good quality and the only problem I've encountered with the stock rear rack is it's not nearly big enough. I removed the stock rack and replaced it with a unit from Black Dog.




The unit comes pre-drilled with holes for RotoPax and a Warn X-17 winch. I've used it for a number of extended runs and just works great, as all products from Black Dog do.

Compare the stock rack with this one. Much bigger platform.
Yea, the stock tail rack is kind of a joke. I guess it would mount the BMW top cases? Otherwise, I wouldn't trust anything bungeed on it over 20 liters to keep from drooping and flopping around.
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