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post #1 of 17 Old 11-05-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Aren't Suzuki luggage racks too easy to remove (aka steal)?

Is it just me, or has anyone else wondered why the luggage has locks when the racks can be taken off the bike with a simple quarter turn of a screwdriver at the connect points?

I guess, the locks prevent the casual thief, but in 10-15 seconds both racks can be removed luggage and all. Is there a way to secure at least one of the rack attachment points?
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Awesome, thanks Redleg!

I figured there had to be a solution.
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Why not get a few bolts at the hardware store? Previous generation OEM racks aren't that way...


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I felt the same way when I took mine off for storage. I'm looking at getting the locks from Twisted Throttle sometime soon.
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When taking trips to questionable places, I replace the quarter turn fasteners with allen bolts and hex nuts with large washers that will clear the raised areas on the brackets. A thief could still steal the racks and boxes but it will take them a lot longer to get them off and they will have to have the right allen wrench. I went this route because I couldn't stomach the cost of the locks (cost vs what you get seems disproportionate).
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I got the SW Motech racks that have the same issue, and bought the locks for them. Have never used the locks, I really think the odds of someone:

a) wanting to steal the bags

and

b) figuring out that it's so simple

are pretty remote. Been all over the country, never an issue.

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I got the SW Motech racks that have the same issue, and bought the locks for them. Have never used the locks, I really think the odds of someone:

a) wanting to steal the bags

and

b) figuring out that it's so simple

are pretty remote. Been all over the country, never an issue.
Well that's good to know... And even better, I see you're also in OK, and I'm still trying to decide on racks/panniers.
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I got the SW Motech racks that have the same issue, and bought the locks for them. Have never used the locks, I really think the odds of someone:

a) wanting to steal the bags

and

b) figuring out that it's so simple

are pretty remote. Been all over the country, never an issue.
To add to Rich's testimonial - We've been the North American distributor of SW-MOTECH/Bags-Connection gear for over ten years. No one has ever called us up and asked us for new racks because theirs was stolen.

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I think a thief would have to know what they are and how to release them...another rider. That said, I have Pelican cases on mine. I ran a straight security cable under the seat grab handles and put the loop of each end into a padlock on each side. Very slight hassle and maintains the quick-release functionality.


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