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post #1 of 28 Old 08-29-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Which side racks for the '12 are the most robust?

I'm extremely disappointed, disgusted really, with the Hepco- Becker racks that ship with the Caribou Cases for the 2012 weestrom. The old racks were bulletproof, these are flimsy and when you bump into one case, the other one wiggles. They will rattle the luggage contents to bits on a moderately bumpy road.

I'm looking for something much better. Suggestions?

EDIT: The following exchange with Roger this morning:



Hi Roger,

I really hate to write this email except I wanted you to know. I've been a
HUGE fan of the cases and racks on my '07 DL650 over 65k miles. They've
survived lots of tipovers, a broken rear shock and I've highly recommended
them to many people. They were bulletproof and were sold with the bike.

This past week, I finally got around to installing the new setup using the
supplied H-B racks for my 2012 DL650 and I'm extremely disappointed. Bumping
into one case, causes the opposite case to wiggle. On a moderately bumpy
road, they'll rattle the contents to bits. If it was a matter of cost, I
would have gladly paid more for the type of custom racks on the old bike. I
am not at all happy with this setup. Do you have an alternative? Is there
some way to stiffen this rack setup?

I just want something better and would gladly pay for it. You've been an
exceptional and outstanding person to do business with, answer email 7 days
a week, answer your own phone, and ship when you say you will.



Hi Tom,

The HB set-up should be pretty tight. Is the case moving on the rack, or is
it the rack moving relative to the bike? Sounds to me like the latter. Note
that the quarter-turn fasteners used by the newer HB, Motech and Givi
removable racks are spring loaded and do allow some movement, although they
are really strong. Some folks are ok with this because they want to remove
the rack from the bike easily on occasion. Some folks would rather have a
solid rack, and that is why we offer a Hard Bolt Kit to replace the
quarter-turn fasteners with regular M8 nuts and bolts. The Hard Bolt Kit
may be found here on our web site...

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I hope this helps solve the problem. The only other thing I can think of is
that the rear subframe is flexing a lot on the new Weestrom. The new and
old bikes are very similar and I did not notice any more movement in the new
one, but I was not specifically comparing this aspect.

Please let me know if this helps.

Thank you.
-roger

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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post #2 of 28 Old 08-29-2012, 07:24 AM
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Touratech = Robust and bulletproof, but quit heavy.

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Interesting...I read your other thread, and as you're getting ready to head out on a trip, maybe you can hit the local hardware store and get hard bolts, nuts, and washers. $30 for the hardbolt kit seems a little excessive, but at least this will give you a chance to get it taken care of before you head out...We'd love a report out, since I'm still in the market for a good case setup.

Thanks, and good luck.
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Interesting...I read your other thread, and as you're getting ready to head out on a trip, maybe you can hit the local hardware store and get hard bolts, nuts, and washers.
I'm the guy who never has to hit the hardware store because I already have that stuff here, in stainless -- the pleasures of being a packrat. :biggrinjester:

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Haha, do it! Then give us some feedback...I want to like the caribou system, but any black mark on a product makes me second guess a decision, so i want to be sure that it's going to work.
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I have to agree with Don T. I really like Touratech. I do not have Touratech side racks and panniers, but really thinking about it. I just installed the Touratech skidplate and it is well constructed. I would imagine their side racks would be just as good (just a little expensive).
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the 'stock' racks on my adv don't feel flimsy at all to me. but i'll go home and bump them around and see what gives. i'm 99% positifve the quick release feature does not allow for movement.

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i'm 99% positifve the quick release feature does not allow for movement.
They quick release is clearly the culprit on my Hepco Becker racks.

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The QR fasteners are quite solid on the SW-Motech racks. Unfortunately, one of the four tab mounts on the right side isn't in the correct position. Neither the tab nor the spacer is long enough. It's fixable but it shouldn't need to be fixed.

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Touratech = Robust and bulletproof, but quit heavy.
Top notch kit, for sure, with a price to match. I am partial to plastic cases however, they give and abrade but don't dent and crush like aluminum in typicals get offs.

I also like side loaders, and the newest cases from Caribou have gussets, giving you some of the advantage of a top loader without the problem of burying everything at the bottom of the case.

But hey, choice is what it's all about!

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