I got my Happy Trails luggage rack for my Himalayan today. I plan on running a top box or duffel bag with my camping gear, depending on the trip, so I wanted a sturdier rack. Happy Trails did not disappoint! That thing is beefy!
Happy Trails always says follow the manufacturer’s recommendation, I’m sure for legal reasons. Though, part of the manufacturer’s recommendation is based on capacity, part of it is about stability. I’ve been their customer for a long time and they make some of the sturdiest products out there.
Hitchcocks have a similar one, welds look better, but hard to imagine any looking worse!
On early bike the sub frame broke at the Y intersection at the rear of the drives seal.
Later bikes have been reinforced top and bottom, but if you want to load up the rack and ride on the rough you need to brace down the the exhaust hanger bolts, either by tieing them in to your pannier frames or by a brace direct from the rear of the rack. DAHJIK
Still has the same problem as the others in that it fixes to the rear sub frame at the same point as the OEM.
So does nothing to solve the problem of the frame breaking , which is why the sellers say to follow the manufacturers recommendations as to load, the rear frame is as much part of the problem as the rack itself !
And it is -ucking expensive!