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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:24 pm Thread Starter
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How strong's the GT luggage rack ?

I'm loading up for about a trip to upstate New York for a few days, and had bought a Super-T bag. This is a very wel made bag and I'm impressed with it.
The bag is quite full , of clothes mostly for the spouse and I for a few days , so fairly heavy, though I didn't weigh it.
Mounting it up, I noticed a good amount of flex from the OEM luggage rack, then looking closer both the Torx screws and allen bolts holding the rack on were barely tight. That of course has been fixed.
Is there anything to watch for here, does anyone have any experience with this bag on there, I just wanted to be sure to ask before leaving. The bag itself is very secure,but I sure don't want the sucker snapping apart ! Thanks, Doug
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:38 pm
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The manual lists the carrying capacity of the rear rack at 11lbs.total. I have had mine at that and maybe 5lbs. more with no problems. I wouldn't be a hog with the load though.

ps. If you also use the BMW quick-release rear bag mount, it alone weighs about 5lbs.

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The Givi racks are rated more than the oem rack, I think it's at leat 5lbs over, so you could probably get away with a bit more.



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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 1:45 pm
 
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The GIVI rack is rated at 22 lbs.
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Loc-tite the luggage bolts. There have been incidents where the bolts backed out...

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I periodically use a Givi 46L, also had one screw come loose. Pulled all and retightened with Loc-tite. No more loose screws.

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You MUST locktite the luggage bolts as they do work free. I think in the future i may opt for the Givi rack as it is SOOOO much stronger than the BMW one....
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Thanks guys, I appreciate all the assistance. Doug
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I've got no criticism of the Givi rack strengthwise, but after 18 months on my bike, I noticed their black paintwork on poorly primed steel tubing is starting to deteriate badly.

If I ever bought a new rack mount again, I'd first overpaint their factory finish with a couple of coats of satin black paint. Better still, if I was having stuff plastic coated I'd have their paint finish stripped and reworked.



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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2006, 8:17 am
 
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The BMW 31L topcase is a first rate piece of luggage. It also is aerodynamically integrated with the bike and rider. It looks cool as hell too. Water tight. User friendly. Use locktite on luggage rack screws! To more answer your original question...not as strong as you think. Forces generated on the luggage rack increase with speed,wind, and bumps.Hit one good bump at 100 mph and depending on how much weight you have in the topcase....it could go flying off.

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