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Old 04-06-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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vstrom tail rack vs. happy trail tail plate

Hi Guys,
Can you comment me on using a top box on a happy trails tail plate vs. the OEM tail rack on a vstrom? The new happy trail rack work with either so I'm not sure which route to go.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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what topbox? Givi?

I've mounted Givi to the stock plate, the old style HT rack, and the new HT plate. They all work fine. It's no big deal- if you were comparing placing a dufflebag on the three surfaces, there might be a difference.

One advantage of the HT plate is you can choose to place your topbox further forward or further back than the stock location.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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I'm mounting a happy trail top box, so no special mounting plate will used. Just screwing it directly.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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I guess it depends on what top box you're talking about. I have a Givi top box mounted on a standard Givi mounting plate attached to the stock tail rack. Works perfectly.

If you're using a Givi box, use the Givi plate....using a Happy Trails box, use the Happy Trails plate, a Touratech box, a Touratech plate...ect.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:56 PM   #5
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I guess it depends on what top box you're talking about. I have a Givi top box mounted on a standard Givi mounting plate attached to the stock tail rack. Works perfectly.

If you're using a Givi box, use the Givi plate....using a Happy Trails box, use the Happy Trails plate, a Touratech box, a Touratech plate...ect.
There is a happy trail "tail plate" ( http://www.happy-trail.com/Suzuki-DL...0-V-Strom.aspx ) that can be used to replace the OEM vstrom tail rack. A top box can be attached to either. While there is an optional happy trail 'quick release latch' ( http://www.happy-trail.com/Happy-Tra...Top-Boxes.aspx ) for their top boxes, I will not be using it and instead will be attaching it directly to either the OEM tail rack or the happy trail 'tail plate'.

BTW I should clarify that I have the happy trail SU racks install which allow me to either keep the OEM tail rack or replace it with the happy trail 'tail plate'.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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There is a happy trail "tail plate" ( http://www.happy-trail.com/Suzuki-DL...0-V-Strom.aspx ) that can be used to replace the OEM vstrom tail rack. A top box can be attached to either. While there is an optional happy trail 'quick release latch' ( http://www.happy-trail.com/Happy-Tra...Top-Boxes.aspx ) for their top boxes, I will not be using it and instead will be attaching it directly to either the OEM tail rack or the happy trail 'tail plate'.

BTW I should clarify that I have the happy trail SU racks install which allow me to either keep the OEM tail rack or replace it with the happy trail 'tail plate'.
Whoops, disregard. I just read your last sentence.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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Buy the HT top plate and hardware. Taking off the OEM tailrack saves an unbelievable amount of weight.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:53 AM   #8
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Sounds like a good reason to go with the HT plate. Thanks!

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Buy the HT top plate and hardware. Taking off the OEM tailrack saves an unbelievable amount of weight.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:51 AM   #9
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You will be very pleased when you pull that OEM plate off.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:25 AM   #10
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Buy the HT top plate and hardware. Taking off the OEM tailrack saves an unbelievable amount of weight.
what, six pounds? It doesn't transform a porky tall streetbike into a skinny dirtbike or anything.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:33 AM   #11
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what, six pounds? It doesn't transform a porky tall streetbike into a skinny dirtbike or anything.
I did not say it would. It weighs better than 6 pounds, and the weight is mostly up top.

Thanks for your input.
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