Rear Rack

OldGuy

Well travelled
Location
Seattle,WA
So, after exploring the (few) aftermarket rear racks and looking at various options, I want to see if there is any interest in a rack that I'm envisioning. The goal would be to come up with one made here in the US (in deference to Hitchcock's shipping rates), is stout enough to handle a reasonable load and fits with the stock pannier racks and boxes.

The other thing I would like (and this is strictly my preference) is to have it at the same level as the pillion seat, so that a large duffel would fit comfortably on the rack + seat. All of the available racks are higher than the pillion, which can make it awkward for packing certain things.

Another option would be to have it extend over the pillion a bit, but not so far you can hit your butt. I don't think too many people ride 2-up when off-roading, so the pillion is just wasted space. Partially covering it with the rack would provide a good sized rack without extending too far rearward.

I'm not thinking of making them myself, but if there's enough interest, it would probably be possible to have a shop fabricate them. Price is the only real worry, but quantity would be a factor in that. Under $180 would be nice, but if it's better than what's out there, who knows.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I'm totally open to that too. Once we have an idea sketched out, I'd be happy to shop it around (we have a loft of fab shops in the area due to Boeing's location here) and of course, I'm open to other's ideas on this too.

OG
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Sounds good so far, but as someone who has broken more than his fair share of racks I would have it braced down to the exhaust hanger bolts .
Vibration can be as much a problem as load, and this would also help damp this out, and might for a fixing point for shields for throw overs/ soft bags which might increase the value / price equation.
Not as simple a fabrication job as might be imagined , you need a good shop who knows how to handle seamless cold drawn tube, the factory racks on my BMWs are Bronze welded , TIG might have superseded that but the correct job will not be cheap.
FWIW most Ebay racks are made from the wrong material welded the wrong way and will fail at the perimeter of the weld PDQ.
Hitchcocks fine welding is exemplary, which might explain part of the cost ----
 

Laserman

Well travelled
One nice thing about the stock rack on my '22 is that it's already level with the stock pillion seat. It's a tiny lil rack tho, not good for much other than bolting top boxes or even a giant (21*15*9") Wald basket. Mine sits with most of carrying weight on pillion seat.

Wald157.jpg...Wald157onHimmie.jpg

A large utility rack would be awesome. I really liked the looks of that one a member bought from some guy, the rack that needed to be scissor-jacked to fit lol
 

grymsr

Well travelled
Location
Maine
Sounds good so far, but as someone who has broken more than his fair share of racks I would have it braced down to the exhaust hanger bolts .
Vibration can be as much a problem as load, and this would also help damp this out, and might for a fixing point for shields for throw overs/ soft bags which might increase the value / price equation.
Not as simple a fabrication job as might be imagined , you need a good shop who knows how to handle seamless cold drawn tube, the factory racks on my BMWs are Bronze welded , TIG might have superseded that but the correct job will not be cheap.
FWIW most Ebay racks are made from the wrong material welded the wrong way and will fail at the perimeter of the weld PDQ.
Hitchcocks fine welding is exemplary, which might explain part of the cost ----
ditto on the ebay racks. I had to eat half the cost of one when I discovered it would fit the bike only as long as it didn't have panniers. this was never addressed in the listing. Buyer beware!
Hitchcocks stuff is great. It's the shipping to the US that gives one pause.
 

nmroadrunner

Well travelled
Location
New Mexico, USA
I don't mind paying extra for quality items...the Hitchcock rack fit and finish were superior and adding the accessory grab handle allows for a more secure load in my setup...YMMV
 
Top Bottom