Rear Rack

Metalsnacks

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Location
Sydney Australia
Having a rack flush with the pillion seat was my main prerequisit. It also had to fit a milk crate and carry a decent amount of weight, so I committed to design my own system. Under the pillion seat rack mounts exactly the same as stock (legs were cut off the OE rack and reused) but for extra support it’s braced to the RE pannier frames. The pannier frames were made taller by cutting off the top section of hoop and inserting a roughly inch long spacer. Now the top of the pannier frames and the rear rack all sit close to level with the pillion seat.

Also added a cross brace to the pannier frames so I have the option of bolting plastic hard cases (similar to Pelican cases) onto them.

The rack has three threaded inserts so I can bolt my milk crate to it and also two holes at the rear which can take webbing loops for attaching straps to hold down luggage or camping gear when the milk crate is not mounted.

The whole thing is a bit of an experiment, which might need refinement as I use it.

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Morgan60

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Location
NW USA
The stock rear rack does everything I need it to do. Yes their are better racks. But I’m not going to get into the never ending up-grade competition. Or bigger is better. Really, the last thing one need is more weigh hanging of the back of the bike throwing off the balance of the bike. No worries be happy!😁 Keep it light and simple leave the kitchen sink home.
 
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Roy Gavin

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My stock rack broke when I fitted a 35L top box with my usual "outback kit " in it. Crude stick welds on low grade tube on my 017 bike.
But I have broken the rack/top box mounts on just about every bike I have owned , might be our roads and tracks in Oz.
When my gear was in a large tank bag I didn't like the feel of the front at all, moving it to the rear made things more to my taste, softer springs would probably do the same.
 

OldGuy

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Location
Seattle,WA
I like it. That's pretty much what I had in mind being flush with the pillion. I had the same idea of bracing down to the tail light bracket too. Nice job...
OG
 

Metalsnacks

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Location
Sydney Australia
Definitely nice work! I like the relocation of the taillight, I've been looking into that for mine.
Thanks Laserman. Used chalk to trace the stock mounting bracket onto a sheet of steel plate, then the fab guy cut it out with the plasma cutter and welded it to the pannier frame's cross brace. It's not perfect, but does the job. And it only took about 15min :)

In the future I'd like to source a nicer looking light, one that suits the square bracket better and has an integrated number plate light so that I can relocate the number plate as well.


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davidteachey

Getting there...
Location
Katy, TX
I loved the Hitchcock's rear rack until I saw its encroachment on the pillion seat. Your rear rider better be a skinny bone. In my case, sticking with stock for now. Other options will be considered! That said, Hitchcock's stuff looks tasty!
 

OldGuy

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Location
Seattle,WA
After all the hemming and hawing on this thread (that I started), I've decided to go with the Hitchcock's rack. After a lot of reflection, there's no way I'm going to design and make a better one for the price (including the $$ shipping). And since I'll never take a passenger, their tailbone isn't my concern.

I've also decided to get the Hagon rear shock, so I'll just toss it all in together. WTF, it's only money.....
OG
 

Roy Gavin

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I loved the Hitchcock's rear rack until I saw its encroachment on the pillion seat. Your rear rider better be a skinny bone. In my case, sticking with stock for now. Other options will be considered! That said, Hitchcock's stuff looks tasty!
Mine doesn't encroach on the passenger seat , even with a top box mounted an inch over the end of the rack.
And the shape of most top boxes means that the small of any passengers back will hit the box first, and, depending on the box, it may be a welcome back rest.
If passengers are on the list the Hima's modest power output, gentle brakes and basic suspension would be more of a concern.
And OG , get into the kids inheritance, you are not going to be around when they discover you spent it!
 

Metalsnacks

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Location
Sydney Australia
WTF, it's only money
It's an investment for your well-being! And now you're getting a new shock as well, win-win deal :D
TBH I was going to order the Hitchcocks rack myself, but back when I looked it was out of stock -- that's initially what got me thinking of going custom. Plus the fab guy is a work colleague, so that makes the process less complicated.
 

MikeM

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Location
So Cal USA
After all the hemming and hawing on this thread (that I started), I've decided to go with the Hitchcock's rack. After a lot of reflection, there's no way I'm going to design and make a better one for the price (including the $$ shipping). And since I'll never take a passenger, their tailbone isn't my concern.

I've also decided to get the Hagon rear shock, so I'll just toss it all in together. WTF, it's only money.....
OG
So far the Hagon gets a thumbs up from me. It felt really good on the part of the commute thats under construction. Better than last week anyway.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
IMHO you will never regret buying a better rear shock, usually the bang for the buck you will get.
Another few bucks for Ali Express 41mm adjustable fork caps to let you fine tune the forks to match can extend the benefit, a turn or two can make a big difference.
Patty I didn't follow my own advice and fit an Ohlins to the Hima instead of the YSS - you are never too old to stuff up!
 

OldGuy

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Location
Seattle,WA
No worries all - no kids and no inheritance! So just my missus and me to worry about.

I went with RaceTech springs and emulators on the front. Spring rate for my weight and ride preferences, so adjustable preload hopefully won't be necessary. We'll see.

OG
 

OldGuy

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Location
Seattle,WA
Preload adjustment only effects sag. With constant rate springs (like RaceTech's), it has no effect on ride or stiffness. If I get the correct sag with the recommended spacers, great. If not, it's fairly easy to modify it by changing the spacer length.
 
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