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post #1 of 17 Old 05-27-2011, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Givi rack.....does it need the cross brace?

I put on the Givi racks for the Kappa 21's and left off the cross brace that goes across and under the wheel arch. To me, the racks look strong enough without them. I'm only going to carry groceries/magazines and at this point, have no intention of putting on massive cases.

Sooooo...has anyone done the same thing and where there any problems?
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-27-2011, 01:38 PM
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Yes, you need the cross brace. The bags will "flap" a lot more without it. When loaded or on rough roads, this will break stuff eventually.

Why on earth don't you want to use it?

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Groceries can be pretty heavy. The cross brace is part of the design for a reason, and I wouldn't consider it optional.

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Yes, you need the cross brace. The bags will "flap" a lot more without it. When loaded or on rough roads, this will break stuff eventually.

Why on earth don't you want to use it?
Because I want to save it for a rainy day....

It goes under the wheel arch and the thing is going to be hammered to hell and back with small stones.....and rust. The thinking is that if I put bigger bags on and really go off road, I can put it on (2 minute job). Meanwhile, I'm using the bike in the city and the most it carries is a few groceries, magazines, coffee pot.

That's IF I get any riding done. It's been raining for a month up here.
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Groceries can be pretty heavy. The cross brace is part of the design for a reason, and I wouldn't consider it optional.
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It goes under the wheel arch and the thing is going to be hammered to hell and back with small stones.....and rust.
why not slide a rubber hose over it before you install it?

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why not slide a rubber hose over it before you install it?



just a month???

I just installed them last night and going to ride with them a bit to see if there is that much shaking and baking. I have plenty of silicone and hoses to cover them with but I thought that if someone has already ridden with out one for a while, they can offer an opinion.

After I installed them, it became obvious that if I drop the bike again, it will come with a $150 fee. (for new cases)

As for the rain.....it's been a miserable spring or at least what we are use to in the Center of the Universe.
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The things are powder coated. They are not going to be sandblasted and rust away. People have run them for years with no undue wear and tear.

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Givi designed them that way for a reason.

Believe me, if you're carrying more than about 7 kilos of heroin in each of them and hit a big pothole, you'll have problems...

Use the braces.




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LOL at Janice! The brace can be re-touched up with flat black paint in about three minutes or so.
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