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The bike came with a tiny plastic rear rack. I understand ... I think .. that the rack is designed to work with the factory top box.

I don't know how since I dont see any special mounting spots but be that as it may .. I really dont like top boxes.

I do however like a spot to strap and tie down whatever junk I might be hauling. Is anyone using the factory rack as is. Are the little feet at the bottom supposed to act like bungie nuts.

Took me about 2+ hours but I did find this

https://www.pmracks.com/products.php?b=Suzuki&sc=DL650 V-Strom 650&yc=2017 - Present

Is this the only company that has something like this and has anyone gone in this direction instead of top box.

Here is mine in case they have changed them
 

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AdventureTech has got you covered. They have a rack already for newer wee, and from my experience with them would probably be willing to listen to alterterations to suit you.
 

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I did, but it was a winter project and way too time consuming for the regular season.

I have been toying with the idea of making a DIY kit. Basically all the hardware/spacers/etc to mount your own plate.

Really it was the chamfering of slot edges that made the racks so time intensive. Without chamfering the edges I could still do them.
 

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I went with the Givi top box and mounting kit.
Part of the kit reinforces the rack mounting by running struts from the rear of the oem rack down to the frame.
I don’t know whether any of the aftermarket plates do that but it would be worth considering depending on loads.
 

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I received and mounted my Precision Motorcycle "rack." There are not a whole lot of options for my year bike but the factory rack just would not due. I went to the river for a swim this weekend and was able to get exactly one pair of Chaco Sandals on there.

I go to the range 2-3 times a month and wanted something I could use to strap my range bag down to as I had been doing with my GS. I dont like top cases and would rather have something open ended that I can strap a variety of stuff too when traveling or just running to the post office with boxes.

The rack is 4.7 mm thick aluminum. It weighed in on my scale with hardware at about 2lb 10 ounces. Yea .. its a little heavy but not to bad and I can always stand to lose 3 lbs if that much were going to make or break the riding experience.

I was worried there would be flex but there is absolutely none. the thing is a rock solid plate. It comes with a ton of slots and holes so there are plenty places for straps and bungies and now I have some real options for locking my helmet.

I just couldnt get a sense of size when looking at their website or at the youtube vid. I wanted more space but I didnt want a huge appendage.

Because of the down turned sides and the taper from front to back it fits the bike very nicely and aesthetically It works for me. Whew .. I was certain I would hate it and go Function over form. It doesnt project beyond the grab rails which is nice.

I took a bunch of pix for you guys in case you are in need of a similar solution.

Porta photo album

Here is their site
https://www.pmracks.com/

If they had it for my bike I might have gone with the moose racing Expedition rack but without having used it a while I am pleased with the purchase.

Alex
 

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I received and mounted my Precision Motorcycle "rack." There are not a whole lot of options for my year bike but the factory rack just would not due. I went to the river for a swim this weekend and was able to get exactly one pair of Chaco Sandals on there.

I go to the range 2-3 times a month and wanted something I could use to strap my range bag down to as I had been doing with my GS. I dont like top cases and would rather have something open ended that I can strap a variety of stuff too when traveling or just running to the post office with boxes.

The rack is 4.7 mm thick aluminum. It weighed in on my scale with hardware at about 2lb 10 ounces. Yea .. its a little heavy but not to bad and I can always stand to lose 3 lbs if that much were going to make or break the riding experience.

I was worried there would be flex but there is absolutely none. the thing is a rock solid plate. It comes with a ton of slots and holes so there are plenty places for straps and bungies and now I have some real options for locking my helmet.

I just couldnt get a sense of size when looking at their website or at the youtube vid. I wanted more space but I didnt want a huge appendage.

Because of the down turned sides and the taper from front to back it fits the bike very nicely and aesthetically It works for me. Whew .. I was certain I would hate it and go Function over form. It doesnt project beyond the grab rails which is nice.

I took a bunch of pix for you guys in case you are in need of a similar solution.

Porta photo album

Here is their site
https://www.pmracks.com/

If they had it for my bike I might have gone with the moose racing Expedition rack but without having used it a while I am pleased with the purchase.

Alex
That rack is the cat's meow. It mimics the SW motech soft luggage carrier. I love mine.
 

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here is a comparo between the SW Motech and the PM. PM is a great rack but I have SW motech on my FJR and NT700V.
I looked at hard at the Motech Adventure rack. I wont lie .. I just thought the lines would look nicer but they didnt have it for my year. Still ... I saved about $30-50 using the PMR and turns out the look isnt offensive to me and I have already made liberal use of it. So nice to have a large steady platform.

Now I havent loaded it down like you pic but now I just have to try!!! :)

I have an inflatable 3 person raft and a lake close by ... HMmmm
 

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Go to your local 7-11 find one of the 2liter bottle baskets-generally laying around outside (Subway has them too)--heavy stiff plastic about 12"x18" full of mounting holes ---bolt it to your little plastic rack -bungee your crap on it - has a million spots to strap things to- cost about $0 weight about 1 lb---and not even that ugly. I'd post a picture if I could figure it out.
 

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Go to your local 7-11 find one of the 2liter bottle baskets-generally laying around outside (Subway has them too)--heavy stiff plastic about 12"x18" full of mounting holes ---bolt it to your little plastic rack -bungee your crap on it - has a million spots to strap things to- cost about $0 weight about 1 lb---and not even that ugly. I'd post a picture if I could figure it out.
Oh man .. I would love to see a pic!!
 

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This may sound crazy but I have used a thicker plastic cutting board. I bought a black one at Target. You can cut it to size. I drill holes for mounting and then 3/4 " hole at each corner. I add my Rox straps to each corner and it works well for soft luggage or top box/top box plate. Since my Wee is new I have not added one to it but the idea works well for my Guzzi V7 III. Of course one still needs to consider the total weight on the OEM rack when loading.
 
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