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:
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.
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.