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I am interested to hear people's thoughts....

Ok, I have thought about this project for a while and I am testing the idea right now that I have made it.

As I am leaving on a trip this Sunday, I thought I should see if it fails locally.

I have consolidated everything into one case, the weight right now is 53 lbs.

Link to pictrures..

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/V-Strom with strap plate/100_1327.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/V-Strom with strap plate/100_1326.jpg

The ride in was smooth, I noticed no difference in handling, braking or accelerating. I do notice the wieght difference when placing on the side stand. I will need to watch this on my journey.

I went the 35 miles on commute this morning, even with the stop and go there was no shifting going on. I did get up to 95 for a short distance which also gave any indication the load was on.

*****************UPDATE**************************

I used the mounting plate on the trip. With the bag finally packed and the additional bags on my bike the extra weight added 70 plus pounds.

Riding was not a problem but I dropped the bike 3 time while on the trip, the extra weight while manuvering into and out of a parking spot cause problems.

If you get a little off balance there is no saving it, my right leg is the proof that you should not even try. I tore a bunch of somethings inside, it is all purple and swollen.

Here is a pick of the loaded bike...


Oh well it was worth a try and I will still use it but limiting the load to a more logical number....

So long for now,
DavidLSI
 

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Pretty good idea. Why did you drill so many holes in the edge, seems like you would never need all of them. Must have taken a long time to drill them all!

I did something similar... I bought a large tank bag (before I realized there are bags specifically for the rear), and attached it to the rear luggage bar. And used a smaller piece of metal underneth to support the back of the back. Works pretty good.
 

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Nice!

Watch for abrasion on your soft bags. Edges (even ones that don't look sharp) and just the metal surface in general can abrade the underside of your bag. Maybe a sheet of neoprine glued down if you have a problem with it.

You notice the stock rack has some rubber and no sharp edges on the top surface.
 

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extra holes not any extra effort on my part...

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Pretty good idea. Why did you drill so many holes in the edge, seems like you would never need all of them. Must have taken a long time to drill them all!

I did something similar... I bought a large tank bag (before I realized there are bags specifically for the rear), and attached it to the rear luggage bar. And used a smaller piece of metal underneth to support the back of the back. Works pretty good.
Thank you for the reply....

The holes give me the opportunity to hook up where needed. It did add machine time, but all I did was draw it, apply the tool moves, load the material and press start. The milling machine did the actual work.

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Hmm, good thought

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Nice!

Watch for abrasion on your soft bags. Edges (even ones that don't look sharp) and just the metal surface in general can abrade the underside of your bag. Maybe a sheet of neoprine glued down if you have a problem with it.

You notice the stock rack has some rubber and no sharp edges on the top surface.
I agree and will make the addition before I leave. The softer surface will also eliminate any slipping. It the bag does move around while I am attaching the hooks, and the neoprine will help.

:D Thanks
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Man, my girlfriend would be pissed if she had to sit on top of that stuff.. :lol:

I think I'll stick with the saddlebags/tank panniers/tankbag... With room for a duffle on the back, if needed.. 8)

 

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Yeah, that is a sweet set up......

My wife will not get on the bike so passenger room is never an issue.

The added benefit was that I had a back rest, and I noticed that by being pushed farther foward the seat was alot more comfortable than normal.

Paper, I definaltley like your set up, hard cases are in my near future plans.

I bet I could have fit the same stuff I packed into what you show, without and extra duffle.

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My wife will not get on the bike so passenger room is never an issue.
That sucks.. :( I'm leaving tomorrow for a 4 day vacation with the girlfriend to areas that I've travelled several times, but she's never been there and I'm really looking forward to sharing these spots with her..

That's my buddy, Aaron in the pic. The photo was at the lighthouse outside Manistique, MI.. It was fun being there with him, but I think he'd look at me funny if I held hands with him and watched the sunset.. :lol:

The added benefit was that I had a back rest, and I noticed that by being pushed farther foward the seat was alot more comfortable than normal.
I completely agree.. I tend to slouch on the bike, and the backrest helps..
My KLR is my one-up bike, and my backrest is much like your's..


I bet I could have fit the same stuff I packed into what you show, without and extra duffle.
Yup, I think you're spot on.. I'm taking an extra duffle on this trip. Since we're going to the Soo, and spending a night in Canada, I'm sure we'll stop at the Duty Free Store.. I already know where the liter of Captain Morgan will be, and the duffle will be filled with clothing that the Captain will taking place of... 8)
 

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Have a great vacation...

I am sure you have more fun with the GF, than Aarron.

I want to go Around the Lake this summer with my son, is the Lake Michigan in the and from the map it looks like that shot is right on the way.

I am also thinking about visiting my son, who lives in the UP (Marquette) in a couple of weeks. I was looking forward to trying my bike out on the trails. Last summer I saw several bikes (more like your KLR) while we where fishing a small river that flowed into Lake Superior. Now that I have the V-Strom I should be able to give it a try.

Any way have a great time on your trip, I'll look for a ride report upon your return...

Good luck, Stay safe
David
 
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