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Old 04-08-2008, 07:53 PM   #46
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Ortlieb and MSR...

I recently put an MSR tail box on mine which is sort of soft plastic/nylon/zipper and I like it over the original tail bag. Holds a lot more than the original bag and looks sharp Even has some slots for Maps and paperwork in the lid.
I also recently picked up a set of used (half price) Ortlieb waterproof saddlebags. Size seems decent, but I have yet to use them to be honest. Might have to think about a way to keep them off my tail pipe... The quality of the Ortliebs seems very good and I will report more as I use them. I think this setup will be very functional when I figure out the best way to anchor the Ortliebs. Need to do it before an upcoming trip.

I used the base to my old tailbag to anchor my tools in the MSR trunk and it keeps the tools secure. A Craftsman zip up bag keeps em dry and organized with room to spare in the trunk. Only negative I can see is you have to remove the rubber stabilizing piece that goes from the fender to the stoplight. You see a little more vibration of the light without that piece but not too bad.





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Old 04-08-2008, 11:32 PM   #47
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Nice black side panels!

Where'd you find those?
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:41 AM   #48
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Krylon Fusion black satin finish

Krylon Fusion black satin finish

Krylon Fusion is designed to be used on plastics. Little to no prep and it works great. The satin finish matches the Clarke tank pretty well. Not sure how well it will hold up when I run saddlebags, but I don't really care!
If it gets scratched up, I just hit it with the spray can and she looks new!
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:18 AM   #49
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Cool - I'd thought about trying the Krylon Fusion but wasn't convinced it would work. Also thinking about Rhino Liner!
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #50
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Also thinking about Rhino Liner!
Sounds heavy, but I guess that won't bother you if you're running that Denali rack with gear a lot!
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:46 PM   #51
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I'd like more details on reinforcing the subframe.
I have the mc enterprises rack and a jcwhitney copy of a givi top box on mine. I haven't put much weight in the top box because the rear of the bike is pretty flimsy.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:21 AM   #52
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I'd like more details on reinforcing the subframe.....
+1

Had a KLR650 before the XR. LOVED the KLR for hauling stuff. Big, sturdy

rear rack, etc., but it handled horribly in the dirt. That's why the XR was

accquired. Now I've got great handling but no sturdy storage/luggage

options. A compromise?

I've been using a small soft bag on a flimsey tail rack and a BIG backpack

with limited success.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:16 PM   #53
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I'd like more details on reinforcing the subframe.
I have the mc enterprises rack and a jcwhitney copy of a givi top box on mine. I haven't put much weight in the top box because the rear of the bike is pretty flimsy.
My initial thought is to put some sort of strut from the rack to the bolt holes for the passenger pegs.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:53 PM   #54
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New Enough

http://www.newenoughhp.com/luggage/d...luggage_racks/
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:04 PM   #55
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Somebody had some good pictures of dirt-bagz on XRL sign in thread.
They look like they'd work really good.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...14834&page=125
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:40 PM   #56
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Hey hey Deer! How is it going. KLR took a beating at the Hammer Run last year, next bike might need to be a little more dirt worthy. How much worse it the XR than the KLR for longer days on the road? Say 300 - 400 mile days? I think a DR would be to small for me.

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+1

Had a KLR650 before the XR. LOVED the KLR for hauling stuff. Big, sturdy

rear rack, etc., but it handled horribly in the dirt. That's why the XR was

accquired. Now I've got great handling but no sturdy storage/luggage

options. A compromise?

I've been using a small soft bag on a flimsey tail rack and a BIG backpack

with limited success.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:13 AM   #57
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Hey hey Deer! How is it going. KLR took a beating at the Hammer Run last year, next bike might need to be a little more dirt worthy. How much worse it the XR than the KLR for longer days on the road? Say 300 - 400 mile days? I think a DR would be to small for me.
, Tom,
The XR is prolly a good choice for 250 mile days. For any more your KLR is
the best bet.
Keep in mind that the XR is air cooled and therefore has a tendency to get
HOT (oil) in high temperature environs. While the watercooled bikes will
steam to let you know that they're distressed, an airhead just suffers
silently and you wind up with a "toasted" motor. Some guys who do long,
high speed runs on the XR have retrofitted the oil cooler from the dirt-only
XR 400 with some good success, and I think, Summers Racing also makes an
oil cooler. Also, check on the availability of an oil temp dipstick. It won't
stop the engine from getting hot, but you'll know when to "cool it".
The benefit of deep water crossings can't be denied, either!
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:44 PM   #58
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Originally Posted by Clydascope
Posted elsewhere...

Without the bags, racks are from Happy-Trail, http://www.happy-trail.com/
This also reinforces the frame right? So the cracking issue is less likely? I'm thinking about getting one of these for a trip to Baja next year, I like the 18" rear wheel and better ground clearance over that of the DR650 but I am concerned about that rear sub-frame...
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:35 AM   #59
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You absolutely, without a doubt HAVE to add gussets to the frame or at least make sure you have straps to attach the broken subframe to a backpack. I have been with 3 separate riders that had to drag their entire broken subframe out on their backs...NO fun for sure!!!!

I will be adding gussets to my frame, but it may be a few weeks. I will post pic's once it is done.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:03 PM   #60
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Another cheap idea. Just rig a plastic rack to the back.

With the cargo net on top it works great for small loads. For those times you buy something and forget you rode your bike. I've put 4 2litter mountain dews in there before. And once with the net on I put my Burger King coke cup in the net hole and rode all the way home in one peace.
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