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post #1 of 14 Old 09-20-2012, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Rear rack question

I'm wanting to get stuff to make my 919 into somewhat of a sport tour bike and I've been looking at various tail boxes. It looks like you have to have a rear rack to make any of them work. So, what racks have you guys added to your 919s? Are they difficult to install or does it involve drilling into the bike's frame? Just curious as to what I'd be looking at.

I'm thinking about getting soft side bags but I like the idea of the tail box being more aerodynamic and also serving as a back rest for my wife.

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I have soft tail bags made by Ventura. Not sure if they are what you would want, but I love mine. They aren't waterproof, but I just pack stuff in garbage bags. Lots of space in them, and you can combine multiple bags for awesome capacity.



Clearly not going to work well with a passenger though

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I also have the ventura rack, and my wife uses it as a back rest all the time.

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I also have the ventura rack, and my wife uses it as a back rest all the time.
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So do you typically have to have racks welded on or do you just drill holes for bolts in the frame?

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So do you typically have to have racks welded on or do you just drill holes for bolts in the frame?
All of the ones that I know of that are common with the 919 are bolt on. For the Ventura rack, you remove the grab bar and it bolts into there. The Givi tail cases are the same (possibly bolts over the grab bar instead of replacing it), I believe, but it also has a bar that attaches somewhere around the exhaust hangers.

There are a couple guys on the site that have created their own with some sort of combination of a bicycle lock (the U shaped ones) and steel bars, but again, I think they have made them where they are bolt on, not permanent.

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I had an Alura rack and it bolts to the frame where the grab handle goes. There are also sub-frames the bolt into the stock exhaust hanger bracket, as well as extend down to the rear-sets.

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If you mainly want a top box, I think the Alu-rack is a great option. It just bolts on where the grab bar is.

This is also a great rear rack on a bike


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If you mainly want a top box, I think the Alu-rack is a great option. It just bolts on where the grab bar is.

This is also a great rear rack on a bike

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is she texting or wtf?

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Trying to morph with the bike; seems to me.

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Ive also been thinking about some sort of way to carry extra shit, I'm planning on getting an extra passenger seat and using just the base of the seat to attach a bag or box to it for extra gear this way you could swap the seat for a gear carrier in an instant.....ooopps!! You guys have one peice seats oh well I tried

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There's always the Renntec rack, I don't know if they have a US supplier anymore



There used to be a company in Germany that made a nice rack (teeheehee) that completely replaced the grab bar and had a short passenger backrest integrated into it, they used to sell them on fleabay but I haven't seen them in a long while


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I installed the Givi topcase (smaller one, not sure of dimensions at a moments notice), but didn't lose any parts in the process and it works great. Not cheap, but worth every penny for me. So when the topcase is off, I have lots of rails to attach bungees/nets to. Took me maybe 30 minutes to install (it was hot as heck in Texas and there was sweat in my eyes to slow me down). I'll do corresponding hard side bags eventually because I'm so pleased with the quality and also want to get my 919 to as close to sport tourer as I can. No matter what, though, it will always be a great naked bike with luggage attached. The ultimate sport tourers are great, but will also cost you more than what we can hatch together on the inexpensive and bulletproof 919.

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