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Old 07-22-2008, 06:42 PM   #31
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I like the ortliebs

I've put there's about 9-10k street miles on my Ortliebs and they look like new. I like the size, the simplicity and the fact that they're waterproof.
I just had a friend build a rack for the 640 and put the bags on today. Took a short ride and I'll think this setup will be nice.



The rack is stainless steel and aluminum. It clamps onto the existing rack with some 3" angled brackets. I think it's probably similar to the pro moto billet rack in function. Just keeps the bags off the pipe and out of the tire. Total cost: case of beer. Probably not similar to the pro moto!
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:56 PM   #32
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Question Hey! What about dirtz-bags?

Hey, how come nobody has comment on the dirtz-bags?

I'm also looking for a luggage setup for my 640, and so far the dirtz-bag seems like a good option. Should I step off about going that direction?

Any comments?

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:26 PM   #33
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I've put there's about 9-10k street miles on my Ortliebs and they look like new. I like the size, the simplicity and the fact that they're waterproof.
I just had a friend build a rack for the 640 and put the bags on today. Took a short ride and I'll think this setup will be nice.
I like my similar Andy Strapz Expedition Panniers for the same reasons. They suit the 640 well.

The rack looks great, but one thing you might want to watch out for with your rack design is cracking of the metal. Both stainless & alu are prone to failing if they are being repeatedly flexed. It's hard to tell the thickness from your pics, it may be plenty stiff, but if not welding or riveting some ribs on the underside of the 'wings' would strengthen it up a bit.

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:31 PM   #34
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Hey, how come nobody has comment on the dirtz-bags?

I'm also looking for a luggage setup for my 640, and so far the dirtz-bag seems like a good option. Should I step off about going that direction?

Any comments?

regards,
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ask ChrisC - he was sporting some of those I believe.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:08 AM   #35
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Hey, how come nobody has comment on the dirtz-bags?

I'm also looking for a luggage setup for my 640, and so far the dirtz-bag seems like a good option. Should I step off about going that direction?

Any comments?

regards,
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I use Andy Strapz pannier bags here in Aus (not sure if you can get them in the US) tough as nails and realy impressed with them ( just don't leak petrol on one and have it close to an ignition source )
Mild steel rack hidden below a months worth of luggage.
I went mild steel as I would rather a flex or bend than a cracked weld on the road.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:58 PM   #36
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The rack looks great, but one thing you might want to watch out for with your rack design is cracking of the metal. Both stainless & alu are prone to failing if they are being repeatedly flexed. It's hard to tell the thickness from your pics, it may be plenty stiff, but if not welding or riveting some ribs on the underside of the 'wings' would strengthen it up a bit.

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Thanks Clint, I'll watch for that. I'm also going to replace the hardware with something more soft-bag friendly.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:52 PM   #37
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I,ve got the KTM racks and the plastic cases and love them.. Dropped the bike and dented the left side case in the corner. Apllied a little heat via an heat gun, and applied compressed air via the plug holes in the inner case and -Bob's Your Uncle- no more dent. They do ressemble carring a couple of thirty packs, but I love em. DBG
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I,ve got the KTM racks and the plastic cases and love them.. Dropped the bike and dented the left side case in the corner. Apllied a little heat via an heat gun, and applied compressed air via the plug holes in the inner case and -Bob's Your Uncle- no more dent. They do ressemble carring a couple of thirty packs, but I love em. DBG
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:38 PM   #39
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Here's a shot of the Moto-Sport Panniers Yukon bags.... They handle the rough ground pretty well...
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:28 AM   #40
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Hey, how come nobody has comment on the dirtz-bags?

I'm also looking for a luggage setup for my 640, and so far the dirtz-bag seems like a good option. Should I step off about going that direction?

Any comments?

regards,
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I now run Dirt Bagz and love them.


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Old 07-29-2008, 12:43 PM   #41
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I use ortlieb bags and they seem to work well. I made some changes to the stock rack and was pretty happy with the result. I am going to add a rear cross brace and then get it powder coated. My rattle can job didn't last long.


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Old 07-29-2008, 12:56 PM   #42
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..... I am going to add a rear cross brace and then get it powder coated......
I would also consider a "supportbrace" from the lower part of the rack to the mounts for the rear footpegs to take some stress off the subframe
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:12 PM   #43
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I would also consider a "supportbrace" from the lower part of the rack to the mounts for the rear footpegs to take some stress off the subframe
Dunno if that would take much load... It probably depends on how heavy a load you are carrying as to whether it's necessary, but a better option might be to reinforce the subframe itself, I think there are some details in the LC4 index.

Very nice work though Tucos!

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Old 07-29-2008, 07:12 PM   #44
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Thank you for your reply!

Are those the rangers or the small set? are they wider than the handlebars?

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Old 08-02-2008, 10:10 AM   #45
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Thank you for your reply!

Are those the rangers or the small set? are they wider than the handlebars?

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Those are the Rangers with the top sack, of which I can't recall the name.

Wider than the bars? I don't think so. I'm guessing if you really wanted to, you could pack them out so they would be.

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