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Offline max-500

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Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
on: September 30, 2020, 09:04:42 AM
Struggling to find anything to match the reasonably easy to find alu rack I had on the back of my CRF250L.

I like the RR rack/plates but they are a bit overkill and heavy.  I'm keen to save weight where possible as every little bit helps of course - plus I prefer the corrosion resistance compared to even powder coated steel.

Has anyone found a supplier of lighter weight alu racks and supports for soft bags etc?  Ali express, EU suppliers, whoever.

Ideally I'd like to lose the heavy OEM pillion hand grabs but have something for them to hold still.

I did find this one:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000353510267.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.66793c00jLduEs&mp=1

and some side plates like these for the Ducati would be useful:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000144059864.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.66793c00jLduEs&mp=1
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Lots of views but no replies!   :001:  Anyone got any ideas or could post pics of the rack/support system they are running please?

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #2 on: October 01, 2020, 09:45:17 AM
I'm thinking of making something out of Honda pannier frames. I'd like to try and keep them so the Honda panniers still fit but adding an aluminium rear rack (I did this on my old X) and making the frames so they work with soft bags like Kreiga etc.

The frames themselves are light but the attachment brackets are quite heavy. Might try and make some lighter ones. I cut the stupid pillion handles off the frames last time to make way for the welded on brackets for the rear rack. It worked quite well, just need to see if I can get it to double up as a soft bag support.

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #3 on: October 01, 2020, 12:18:03 PM
Yes, I've still got a really nice Honda CRF250L one I planned to fit but sold the bike - really nicely made alu from Turkey - was about £55.

May see if it might be modded to fit a CB.


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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #4 on: October 10, 2020, 01:27:17 PM
Hi max,
T-Rex out of Texas makes this one

https://www.t-rex-racing.com/2013-2019-Honda-CB500X-Luggage-Rack-p/n47-13luggagerack.htm

made with steel brackets and an aluminum plate. Might help with reducing weight. Just saw it on their website.

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #5 on: October 10, 2020, 04:57:59 PM
Thanks guys, I now have a cunning plan!  With a bit of influence from Kriega, SW Motech and Givi and a bunch of raw materials watch this space.

I have to actually buy a 500X first of course...    :008:

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #6 on: November 01, 2020, 10:05:02 PM
*Originally Posted by Gharker [+]
Hi max,
T-Rex out of Texas makes this one

https://www.t-rex-racing.com/2013-2019-Honda-CB500X-Luggage-Rack-p/n47-13luggagerack.htm

made with steel brackets and an aluminum plate. Might help with reducing weight. Just saw it on their website.

I ordered the T-Rex set up yesterday and should have it in a week.  I was going to order the Rally Raid rear rack but that’s a pretty expensive option once you Factor in the exchange rate/shipping to U.S.  Wanted to have a rear rack to cinch down my Giant Loop Coyote bag rear clip.  Assuming passenger pegs will suffice for front tie down points.

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #7 on: January 02, 2021, 05:36:20 PM
Hey Crawdaddy, after exhaustive searching I've decided on the T-Rex rear rack to, because I likewise want to keep the stock grab rails.  The T-Rex also seems to be the most robust and least bulky.  I'd love to see your pictures post install.  The one thing I'm curious about is if the screws on the top stick out or are flush with the plate, different pictures show it different ways.  Thanks!

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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #8 on: January 02, 2021, 05:51:07 PM
*Originally Posted by jrosen007 [+]
Hey Crawdaddy, after exhaustive searching I've decided on the T-Rex rear rack to, because I likewise want to keep the stock grab rails.  The T-Rex also seems to be the most robust and least bulky.  I'd love to see your pictures post install.  The one thing I'm curious about is if the screws on the top stick out or are flush with the plate, different pictures show it different ways.  Thanks!

They fit flush with the top of the plate, the nut of course, hangs down below. I've had mine for over a year now and am pleased with it.
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Re: Lightweight (aluminium) rear luggage rack options?
Reply #9 on: January 02, 2021, 10:00:47 PM
Thanks!  A majority appeared that way, and it's the one I'm going to do.  Plus the nearly identical on ebay sells for $180  :110:

 



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