Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
I agree that the standard pegs cast into the carrier can be problematic. I do not use conventional occy straps.
Instead I buy a slightly lighter shock cord from the marine supply store or a hardware store.
I cut it into varying longer lengths that I guess will be about right and use a reef knot to make a non-slip loop at each end. Most often I tend to start by feeding the cord through its end loop at the grab handle so that it can never slip off. I then go to and fro across the luggage, keeping the tension on the cord. I use the carrier pegs, the rear footrests and the grab rails. The carrier pegs are O.K. if you wrap the cord fully 360 degrees around that part of the carrier before going back across your bag or whatever.
If the strap is too long I just tie another loop at the desired place. Better still, there is no chance of those metal hooks scratching the paint. So long as both ends are secure, and the cord is under tension, your luggage will not come off.
2010 Weestrom; 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X300; 1988 Suzuki GSXR1100