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post #1 of 17 Old 08-25-2016, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Silver rack is PLASTIC!

I have a 2014 DL1000 with GIVI Outback panniers on it. A year ago a friend said that it looked loose. I checked it and it was tight but the center pannier did bounce a bit.

I finally took a good look at it and thought I would add some additional metal support under it to stiffen it up. So I drilled into it to add the supports and found it to be plastic! Even with the metal supports added it never felt solid.

The whole rack moves no matter what you do. Does anyone know of a steel rack that I could replace it with?

I think it sucks that Suzuki would do that. I might have to get a BMW.
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I finally took a good look at it and thought I would add some additional metal support under it to stiffen it up. So I drilled into it to add the supports and found it to be plastic! Even with the metal supports added it never felt solid.

The whole rack moves no matter what you do. Does anyone know of a steel rack that I could replace it with?

I think it sucks that Suzuki would do that. I might have to get a BMW.
Well, my 2014 BMW RT has.....a plastic rack......

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Hepco & Becker note the same problem, that the rack may bend or otherwise break from too much weight. They even went as far as making an additional support strut just for this problem
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Hepco & Becker note the same problem, that the rack may bend or otherwise break from too much weight. They even went as far as making an additional support strut just for this problem
Part number please. Australian site does not show that.

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Part number please. Australian site does not show that.

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I will buy that in a heart beat! Let us know the part number please!
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Yeah, rack is disgrace, they could have saved $$ on all the plastic shit they drape around the fuel tank (*) and supported the rack a bit better
At least while its flexing it isnt breaking.. I reinforced our rack with a plastic chopping board and some bolts and spacers, then I had a sensible surface to mount the top box mounting plate to


(*) Pet WTF?? Why make the fuel tank smaller, then wrap it plastic to make it bigger??
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I have a 2014 DL1000 with GIVI Outback panniers on it. A year ago a friend said that it looked loose. I checked it and it was tight but the center pannier did bounce a bit.

I finally took a good look at it and thought I would add some additional metal support under it to stiffen it up. So I drilled into it to add the supports and found it to be plastic! Even with the metal supports added it never felt solid.

The whole rack moves no matter what you do. Does anyone know of a steel rack that I could replace it with?

I think it sucks that Suzuki would do that. I might have to get a BMW.
You didnt notice the rack was made from "soft" alloy when you bought the bike I assumed ours was alloy also..till I grabbed it confidently (in the showroom) boy was I pissed at Suzuki! Flagship Adventure bike, newest greatest thing Suzuki had on the market...bloody plastic!! GRRRR
FWIW I see topboxes flapping about on bikes all the time-the riders unaware! so i just learnt to ignore ours,just pretend its not flapping about! from time to time I look to see if its still there..so far so good I rode on a VERY rocky shithouse trail recently, and SteveC was behind... he made particular comment as to the amount of movement the top box had flapping around on the pissy plastic rack!
After the rack surviving that day, i have confidence in it - at least as far as not snapping. while its bending it aint breaking.
Though I expect 99% of purchasers would have been expecting an alloy rack. I havent seen the factory top box mounting kit...but I bet it has supporting brackets!

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Givi also make a top box mount with bracing for the DL1000 2014+ - pn SR3105







There is also a Givi version with an aluminium mounting plate which doesn't look as bulky - SRA3105.


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I have a 2014 DL1000 with GIVI Outback panniers on it. A year ago a friend said that it looked loose. I checked it and it was tight but the center pannier did bounce a bit.

I finally took a good look at it and thought I would add some additional metal support under it to stiffen it up. So I drilled into it to add the supports and found it to be plastic! Even with the metal supports added it never felt solid.

The whole rack moves no matter what you do. Does anyone know of a steel rack that I could replace it with?

I think it sucks that Suzuki would do that. I might have to get a BMW.
Which is one of the big reasons I bought my older model DL650 - rock solid OEM metal rear rack.

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

Prior Bikes: 2003 EX250, 2007 DL650 (non-ABS)
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