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post #1 of 7 Old 10-31-2006, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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SHAD Luggage Rack

Just to share.
There is a Spanish producer SHAD who manufactures this rack.
It's bullet proof, my fellow "tested" it when "contacted" with a Peugeot's side.




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post #2 of 7 Old 10-31-2006, 07:08 PM
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Wow. I like the looks of those. Any pics with the bags attached?

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Wow

Me likey. How do they compare to the Givi's for quality and cost?

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I have Shad luggage, sorry no pics but I do have an opinion to express. The 46L top case as a stand alone item is good. As for the side cases and mounting hardware, I would not go there again if the stuff was free. There is just so much lack of design in the side case mounting system and ill fitting pieces to be modified that it isn't worth the effort. The mounting instructions are junk. The heavy duty cross piece that goes under the stock rack is heavy and bulky and has to be modified or nothing fits. Throw away your rear signals and use the supplied ones. Why, because the rear signals must be removed to install the cross piece. In the picture the signals are up on the rack, in the instructions they are to be mounted much lower and further apart which means tear the back of the bike apart to extend the wiring.
The side cases themselves are poor quality in my opinion. The lid portion is just warped enough to look like you just stuffed your mother in law in there. Put stuff in there and it gets worse. I waited over four months for the 42L sides and finally got fed up and inquired about the 43's. Had them the next day for another 170 bucks. Sent them back, they leaked, second set didn't but I had stopped looking. Had to work on the left case to get it to fit both times. All in all, I would lean towards Givi next time, by the time I was done I nearly spent a Givi price. Sorry if this sounds like a rant but I never in my wildest dreams anticipated a bloody fight to the death to install cases.

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I have no pics with the cases attached.
The owner said the cost was some 700 USD including the 3 cases.
My fellow didn't like the supplied signals as well so he cut them and installed that alu ones.
The cross member mentioned by ww is really not a flimsy piece and to install it you need to lift the original rack a bit up, but at least it's strong.
My fellow was just bragging about his system and did not mention bad things at all (except the signals).

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The cross piece is so thick that the rear rack is jacked up and will not allow proper alignment of the front bolts of the rack. The rear supplied bolts will not fit either. I solved the install by throwing away the instructions and remodeling the cross piece. Drilled out the bolt holes much larger to allow the rack to fit a bit lower and used different bolts to fit. The signals were another story though. Shoulda put the Strom signals on the rear rack as in the pic, didn't think of it. Would have saved wiring headaches.

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I too have the Shad hard cases on my K5Wee. I have used them extensively on my many long distance tours and have only good things to say about the bags. They stay dry inside without liners and I havnt had any trouble with warpage.
The mounting set-up was probably not as good as some others, but with just a mod or two, it all came together quite nicely. I did modify the left side to bring it in towards the bike 3 inches, just to close up that huge gap. I made small brackets to mount the original turn signals basically in the original stock location. When installing the heavy cross piece, I found that drilling out the holes in the front of the factory luggage rack made it all fit together well.
The Shad system did come with extra turn signals as part of the side racks, I ground the mounts off and did not use them.

I'm sure that other setups are superior to the Shad, but the price was right (about 505.00 cdn for the side cases and mounting system), and I really cant complain about the function. When touring, I have the bags pretty much stuffed full of all sorts of goodies and have encountered no further problems other than being abit creative in the installation.

If you want to see the bags mounted, send me an email off-group and I will forward some to you.

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