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Old 12-03-2012, 02:15 PM
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That bolt set looks like a fantastic idea! Me likey!



My Vee came to me with one lock on one side.

Anyway, my take on it is that the locks are useless simply because they have no deterrent value. Unless you already know what you're looking at, you'd have to ponder the setup for a while to understand which bit is a lock and which bit would just pop loose with a quarter-turn.

However, if you loop a cable through the racks and the bags, it's obvious to one and all that they're locked up and that they won't come loose without breaking or cutting something. Sure, it would still be easy to steal with a set of bolt cutters, but then again so would a lot of stuff. The cable is universally easy to understand, so it has some actual deterrent value.

Most thieves determined to steal your dirty socks and skivvies are going to pick up a big rock, or carry something relatively cheap and less suspicious like a big screwdriver, a crowbar, or a claw hammer.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:43 PM
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However, if you loop a cable through the racks and the bags, it's obvious to one and all that they're locked up and that they won't come loose without breaking or cutting something.
Most people won't even realize there is such a thing as a "quick-release" rack to begin with. Putting a cable around something most folks didn't know would come off might just arouse curiosity. I doubt there have been many people who have had their SW Motechs stolen, but I could be wrong. Just my $.02.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:09 AM
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I just want to reinforce what has said by a few of you guys. I just polled some of the old timers here that have sold these carriers for several years. Not one has heard of anyone having their racks stolen. We offer two methods of securing the carriers: locks and bolt kits as peace of mind for those who are concerned.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:21 PM
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Well, there you have it, folks, from the people who sell more of these racks than you'll ever see!

I still like the bolt kit mainly because it's so much cleaner-looking.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:41 PM
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I still like the bolt kit mainly because it's so much cleaner-looking.
Not when the bags are off, which is the idea. Why buy a quick lock mount and replace the quick locks with bolts? If the intent is to leave the mounts on, non removable mounts are cheaper.
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When I added luggage to my Strom I already had a set of Hepco&Becker juniors so the choice was down to the racks. Hepco&Becker uses quick release as well with the SW-Motech racks if I ever wanted to change to say Givi bags. Just get the appropriate adapters no need to replace the whole mount. I debated on the need for locks or the bolt kit. I choose to use the quick release. I like the bolt kit but I think its kind of pricey for what it is. I've never had anything stolen off my bike half the time I don't lock my bags of course I usually don't leave things out in sight pack it in the bags if I can. Truth is most people don't mess with motorcycles. The ones that do steal the whole bike and that's the scum bags we need to be concerned about. I was worried about the holding power of the Dzus fasteners off road but so far they've held up to some pretty ruff roads.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:41 AM
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Not when the bags are off, which is the idea. Why buy a quick lock mount and replace the quick locks with bolts? If the intent is to leave the mounts on, non removable mounts are cheaper.
That is a valid point but the quick-lock feature is not the only reason to buy the SW-MOTECH side carriers over other racks. The range of bags that can be put on without "customizing" these racks is broader than anything out there. The fit and finish is unrivaled, SW-MOTECH and Twisted Throttle stand behind the product in the rare case of a failure, and construction is beefy as heck.

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:11 AM
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Both people who mount different manufacturer's bags on their bikes may buy that.

I bet you do sell a number of bolt kits even though I don't understand why anyone would want them. The quick locks are amazingly strong.

What I want to know is when SW-Motech is ever going to fix the mounts for the Glee or even admit they need fixing.

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