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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Nice Rack!

I just purchased a Renntec Sport Rack for my Versys and thought I'd share my impressions thus far.

To begin, I was looking for a rear luggage rack that was a little more functional (for me) than the racks built for the hard, top cases. By functional, I mean if you take the top case off your bike, it doesn't seem like you can do much with the mounting plate and it's not very stylish on it's own. Having said that, I fully understand it's purpose and I may end up getting one down the road. But for now, I thought the Renntec Sport Rack would best fit my needs.

The Renntec racks are made in the UK and I searched for a US retailer who sells them in order to save some $ on shipping. Well, I found one but unfortunately they never responded to my request for a shipping quote so they lost my business. Plus their pricing was about 30% more than if I bought it direct, which was probably to make up for the UK to US shipping costs. So I ended up buying the rack directly from the manufacturer, and I paid a pretty hefty cost for shipping, but they were very responsive to my emails and requests so they won my business.

So how's the rack? Very nice. It's definately a well built rack and the fit and finish of the welded components is very good. The only fitment issue I had was one of the mounting bolt holes was off by maybe 2mm, so I had to wrestle with it a little to get all the bolt threads started. It wasn't a big deal, but it's worth mentioning. The construction is very sturdy and I think it looks great on the bike.

As far as functionality goes, I pulled a Chase Harper Sport Trek Tail Trunk out of my inventory as I thought it would be the best bag to fit on the rack. I use the Versys to commute to work a lot (and I hate wearing backpacks) and I needed a bag to carry my lunch and stuff so the CH Tail Trunk was just the right size. Super easy to mount with the 4 built in bungees. However, on the minus side of the rack, the "sissy bar" part of the rack, which follows the shape of the seat, extends into the rack area a bit. This means the working area of the rack is not completey rectangular because of the "hump" in the sissy bar. It's not a big deal for the size of the bag I'm using, but it could present issues with larger bags.

But overall, I really like the rack and I think it will work well for my commuting duties as well as strapping down my tent and sleeping bag when I hit the road for a camping over-nighter.

And lastly, here is a pseudo-sales pitch. As some of you may know by my signature block, I have a business called Mark's MOTO GEAR. If there is enough interest in this rack, I'd be happy to put together a Group Buy. When I was inquiring about buying the rack I also asked them about becoming a dealer for Renntec. Their response was positive and I think they would work with me in getting a multiple unit order together. So if anyone is interested in a rack or engine guard for their Versys or other bikes, let me know and I'll see what we can do.
To see all their products, click here http://www.renntec.co.uk/sport_racks_carriers.html







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How about a picture with your bag on it?
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How about a picture with your bag on it?
I'll get one posted tomorrow...

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LOL! One BIG-ASS steak for sure...

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Had one similar on my GS 1100L back in the 80's worked great.You could bungee tons of stuff on it.

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I put a Renntec on my old Bandit 1200 and was it ever handy. I eventually installed a Givi universal mount on it and a Maxia 52 top box (I needed waterproof storage and it was a lot handier when I went to the store). So if you ever decide you want to put a trunk box on the bike, just install a universal mount onto the rack.

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Any thoughts if this would work witht the SWMotech side racks?

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just curious what seat you have?
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I like the look of it and would be interested if you can mount a box to it. What kind of price range?
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I'd want to grind off that horseshoe section sticking up at the back of the seat. That doesn't look to serve any purpose but get in the way.. But, I am interested in it...

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Dang. I saw the subject and thought there were going to be boobs.
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Here's a few pics of my Chase Harper Tail Trunk mounted to the rack. The bag is just the right size for my insulated lunch bag, my day planner and a few other odds and ends. There are actually 4 permanently mounted bungee cords attached to the bag and can neatly be stored into a zippered bottom compartment when not in use. This set-up only needs 2 bungees though to secure the bag for my short 7 mile commute.

I paid @ $120.00 for the rack + shipping from the UK. If we get enough interest for a group buy, the price to you will be very similar to the $120 + the standard shipping cost from me to you. I will have more details in a few days.






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Any thoughts if this would work witht the SWMotech side racks?
Not sure but I'll check with Renntec.

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I would hope there was a design reason for it, but that protrusion is just terrible in my opinion.
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I would hope there was a design reason for it, but that protrusion is just terrible in my opinion.
Yeah - I keep looking at it trying to figure it out, but can't for the life of me fin any (good) reason for it. It pushes the bag rearwards by a few inches, puts a pressure point on the bag, and seems to reduce the usable space on the rack by a considerable percentage.

Grind it off and continue the outer rack loop all the way around. That, I might buy...

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So what is the size of the USEFULL rack area?

When I say USEFULL, I mean past that sissy bar thing.

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