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I have just finished installing the new Motech Evo-style (tubular) Side-carriers on my wee. I selected these racks because I was looking for a system that was rugged and could take a bit of a bashing. What? No panniers in my future? Well, let's just say that I have been known, on occasion, to, ahem, allow my wee to take a horizontal position on the trails. I knew starting out that I would be heartbroken if I were to do that with $1,000+ fancy hard cases on the side. Anyway, having Motech frames on my wee still leaves me with the option of mounting hard cases in the future. In the meantime they are serving as added protection should I take a tumble again - the wee at least. Oh, yes. I am using soft bags at the moment. They cost a fraction of what the hard cases do and there are some really good cheep buys available from just about every web store.

Anyway, I had an unexpected complication when I began the installation. This model of Motech's requires that the rear signal lights be moved further to the rear because the cross bar running under the stock tail rack puts the signal housings in the way. Two bar extensions are supplied to permit their relocation. I just shook my head in disgust that the fine German engineers at Motech could not have found a more elegant solution.

Since this "solution" puts the lights further away from the connection point inside the back fender, Motech supplies two 10" pieces of 14 guage 2-wire cable and eight(yes) butt connectors of considerable girth. I cut the original cables in half and kept the small box connectors for reattachment to the end of the lengthened cables. Then I realized that the rewiring with two connection points in each cable extension was going to put at least one of them outside the protection of the fender housing. So, I made damned sure that each connection point was hermetically sealed by using two stages of heat-shrink tubing - smaller size tubing over the wires up to the connectors and a larger diameter as a finisher over the whole darned thing, including the two connectors at each junction. The tubing wasn't shrunk until I had applied a liberal amount of dialectic grease inside and around the connector ends and some of the cable. I have learned the hard way over the years that these things have to be really tight and closed off to keep moisture out. The end result is a couple of bundles of fat cable, as you see.


The instructions were to feed these now bloated cables through the ever-so-skinny space that exists between the opening in the back of the fender and the tail light module that occupies that space. You can see from the picture that this proved easier said than done. There just isn't an adequate gap in this area to push the cable through without distorting either the fender or the tail light or both. And it looks uglier than sin, as the picture shows.


With All due respect to Mike "TheWall" I wasn't too keen on his "solution". So, I chose instead to go a different route. I was reluctant to start drilling holes in the side of the fender but I eventually found an area on the sides that would allow the minimum amount of cable to show externally.


I obtained some 1/2 inch rubber grommets to place in these holes to give it a more finished look.


I would have preferred 1/4 or 3/8 inch grommets but the cables were just too darned fat to get through these smaller diameters. But, I think the end result was worth the extra aggravation of the install.


Not perfect, but, hey, it's just a wee Strom that will probably end up showing a lot more scars over time. I plan to get the most out of her and so she's gonna get a little bit beat up, but, isn't that why we bought them in the first place? :hurray:

Also, here is the link to my Picasa Web Album which has all the pictures I took of my particular project:

Picasa Web Albums - Alan Gordon - SW-Motech Sid...
 

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Addendum to my post

In my reference to Mike TheWall's project I should have provided a direct link to his post in which he has a link to his Picasa web photos, but I didn't know how to do that.

First of all, hats of to Mike :party: for taking the time to document his SW Motech carrier mounts project. I learned a lot from his pictures. But, am too polite to mention that his wee seems to have had an inordinate amount of Alaskan dirt on it when the pictures were taken. I'm sure he must be riding it every day on his commute. Either that or his camera's chromatic scale is seriously out of whack [Hnyuk, hnyuk, ....] :var_2:

Here is the link:

http://www.stromtrooper.com/609562-post24.html

And here is his Picasa Web Album:

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Guy at work recently bought a used 08 Strom and installed the new motech racks. Instructions said to move the lights but he said he didn't have too. Only a couple mm's room but they don't touch.

Did you try the install before you started drilling holes? I'll have to take a closer look at his tomorrow.

Ken
 

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Re: Motech Quick-Lock Sidecarrier Install

Yes, of course I did try it without moving the signal housings. The Crossbar pushes on the back of the housing tipping it down a little bit. If I hadn't moved them backward they would have rattled and vibrated against the crossbar. Maybe that wouldn't have been a big deal but I chose to avoid that possibility and defer to the Motech engineers' expertise and judgment. Only time will tell if moving them was the best thing.

Also, with large panniers were to be installed, the signal lights left in place may not have been visible enough from the rear side quarter. So, it made sense to pull them back and make them more exposed. :yesnod:
 

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Guy at work recently bought a used 08 Strom and installed the new motech racks. Instructions said to move the lights but he said he didn't have too. Only a couple mm's room but they don't touch.

Did you try the install before you started drilling holes? I'll have to take a closer look at his tomorrow.

Ken

Could you get some pictures. PLEASE. :mrgreen:

I and considering this rack and have Buell signal and would like not to move them.
 

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Could you get some pictures. PLEASE. :mrgreen:

I and considering this rack and have Buell signal and would like not to move them.
He was not at work today. I'll get more details next week. Or maybe I should get him to sign up a post pics himself.

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One thing that might make the wiring look a bit tidier is using wire loom. Still, you did a good job, I hate messy wiring, my aviation background makes me cringe when I see crappy wiring.
 

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Yes, of course I did try it without moving the signal housings. The Crossbar pushes on the back of the housing tipping it down a little bit.
The Buell turn signals may fit. They are smaller and done take up so much forward space. And I could move them back and inch to the OEM signal position hole.

So what do you think?









I go the EVO rack. I did not have to relocate the Buell turn signals. New post and pictures 10/30/2010
 

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EVO Rack with Buell Turn Signals

No bags yet but I installed the SWMotech EVO rack and did not relocate the turn signals. There is enough clearance with the bracket. They may end up being recessed with the bag but I will have to wait to find out.













 

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those are really nice, I am trying to decide what side racks and bags I should get. in for picture with the bags mounted.
 

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Well if you want removable I think the EVO and Hepco Becker are the only two choices. If you want to leave them on them your options open up. Note the directions for the EVO indicate to not exceed 11 pound on each side in the luggage. I most likely will do that and after looking at the Vstrom with the rack on I may have gone with permanent rack. But I always suffer from buyers remorse. :headbang:
 

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I really just want the sides for jacket and riding gear storage when I get to work, so I think 11 pounds a side may be right on. Then on the other hand, I might ended up wanting more also.
 

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Don't forget picking up necessities on the way home.

For top load the Happy Trails have the option for locks installed on top. So many options. :hurray:
 

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SW Motech EVO Rack

Just so everybody knows, the SW Motech EVO racks are more generous in space on the right side to clear the Exhaust - at least they are for the DL650 wee. I measured 3 inches wider on the right side compared to the left. I do not know if this side clearance imbalance is engineered the same for the DL1000 vee rack. It is difficult to tell from the various vendor sites what the differences are, if any, but my guess is that the left side exhaust can on the Vee will still fit into that space - but it would be really close to the rack.

I certainly did not know about this when I ordered the Motech rack. Now, in order to achieve a balanced appearance I will have to install a TraX 45-liter ALU-BOX on the left side and a TraX 37-liter ALU-BOX on the right. These boxes differ only on width (2 inches). But, unfortunately they are among the most expensive panniers around (since 2008 ) :mad1:. I am also concerned about the effect these unequally weighted boxes (and their loads) will have on the bike's cog and handling.

Has anyone else found this problematic? :purple_confused:
 

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I just installed EVO racks with pelican 1550s and I am not having any real balance issues. I make sure to load the left side a little heavier to make up for the leverage on the right. No issues.
 

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JI am also concerned about the effect these unequally weighted boxes (and their loads) will have on the bike's cog and handling.
Have you noticed any handling issues when you ride your bike with no panniers fitted and a great big heavy exhaust on one side? I doubt it and unless you put bricks in one pannier and a single ham sandwich in the other you won't notice a difference with them either.
 

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I am planning on getting the Pelican Storm im2600 cases. For now we use both at work and the 2600 is more finished and just as tough from my experience.

Don't talk about the imbalance and offset. You are not helping my buyers remorse. :argue:
 

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Have you noticed any handling issues when you ride your bike with no panniers fitted and a great big heavy exhaust on one side? I doubt it and unless you put bricks in one pannier and a single ham sandwich in the other you won't notice a difference with them either.
Ooh Ooh. I can answer this since I don't have bags yet. I cannot tel they are there. :mrgreen:
 
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