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Weak Luggage Rack?

So, is the 900 Classic LT known for having a weak luggage rack?

When I got the bike a couple months ago, I bought a trunk and put it on the luggage rack. I use the bike often to go to/from work, and put my laptop / bag in the trunk so I don't have to wear it.

The last week or so, the trunk keeps sinking, lower and lower. I take a closer look and the luggage rack is actually bending downwards.

I'm going to have to weld or bolt some brackets to strengthen this up. Anyone else with this problem?

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Yes. I bought a luggage rack from "Cavalry Customs" for my 900 and it too bent and began to crack under the weight of my trunk. Had to replace it with a Wompus Rack which has been rock solid so far.

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Just looked up that Wompus Rack. They want $165 for a piece of 12 gauge steel that's been cut, drilled, and bent? *boggle* That is outrageous. And it isn't even chromed. Just a black powder coat finish.

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Just looked up that Calvary Custom rack, and sure enough, that's the very one I have.

I do NOT suggest anyone buying one of those. Very weak.

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I had good luck with the Cobra....although it is prone to rust. Seems like it was a good buy, though.




I've had a Grand Tourer bag on it for a few years, it's never bent, but, like I say, it likes to be waxed.

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I had good luck with the Cobra....although it is prone to rust. Seems like it was a good buy, though.

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-Luggage-.../dp/B0085SO9E2
I concur with that suggestion - Cobra. It's not $60, though. If that's the price you're looking for, there's a place called Calvary Customs that can help.

I've had Cobra racks on a couple of motorcycles, and they last. They look good, Polish up well, and are VERY strong.

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there's a place called Calvary Customs that can help.
Cavalry rack is junk. Please see the following pictures for what happened to mine after less than a month of use:











Notice how the metal cracked and broke. A good quality rack does not do that.


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Just looked up that Wompus Rack. They want $165 for a piece of 12 gauge steel that's been cut, drilled, and bent? *boggle* That is outrageous. And it isn't even chromed. Just a black powder coat finish.
But it functions as advertised, very well.

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Cavalry rack is junk. Please see the following pictures for what happened to mine after less than a month of use:
Yes, Sir - this I know. That was me being sarcastic . . .

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Those pics show exactly the same place my Calvary rack bent. Exactly.

I don't mind paying $$$ for a good rack. But, honestly? $165 for a single piece of 12 gauge steel that has been cut, bent, and drilled, and painted black? Really? $3 worth of materials, and $162 for "labor"? ;-)

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