Narrowest side racks?? - Kawasaki Versys Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Mark Jags's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 223
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Narrowest side racks??

Does anyone know which brand of side racks (Happy Trails, SW Motech, Hepko Becker, Givi, etc) have the narrowest profile when installed on the V? I'm trying to talk myself into installing some Seahorse cases, but I'm trying to go as skinny as possible.

Mark Jags
[[/FONT]


09 Blue V
03 H-D Sportster - 50K miles and counting...
08 Bonneville - wife's bike



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mark Jags is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 12:31 PM
Member
 
ATYC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: London, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
These are the Givi racks for my E21s. I think they are pretty narrow.



Always trust your cape.
ATYC is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Mark Jags's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 223
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I like it. Are those the PL447 racks?

Mark Jags
[[/FONT]


09 Blue V
03 H-D Sportster - 50K miles and counting...
08 Bonneville - wife's bike



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mark Jags is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 07:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Eugene Or.
Posts: 354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATYC View Post
These are the Givi racks for my E21s. I think they are pretty narrow.


Looks a little slimmer than my SW Motech racks. The outside of the rack is flush with the turn signals. I've never really liked how wide mine are, specially with the Seahorse cases since they don't carry much visual girth. My rack and boxes are slimmer than the handlebars so I guess it's all good. But, if they could have just taken each side in by 2 inches, it would have been better.

Last edited by cyclesarge; 02-20-2014 at 07:40 PM.
cyclesarge is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 08:38 PM
Member
 
Freerydejunky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 397
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Sw motech racks are really wide.

Hooligan
Freerydejunky is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 10:55 PM
Member
 
ATYC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: London, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Jags View Post
I like it. Are those the PL447 racks?
Yes, that's them.

Always trust your cape.
ATYC is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 12:59 AM
Member
 
BaileyMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 601
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freerydejunky View Post
Sw motech racks are really wide.
I have the SW Motech racks. They are wide, but Givi's topcase mount is higher up and farther back then SW Motech's. Too bad the Givi side racks and SW Motech's topcase rack aren't compatible, at least not without some modding.

2011 Imperial Red
Givi V46 / V35's SW Motech mounts
Skidmarx hugger Moto Werks bar riser
Mondo Motors LED Driving Lights
A little bit of road rash
BaileyMan is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 07:53 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Eugene Or.
Posts: 354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freerydejunky View Post
Sw motech racks are really wide.
There's a lot of wasted space on the backside of the boxes. I'm kinda thinking about adding extra storage compartments on the inside of the racks for items I don't use often, tool kit, spare fuel, first aid kit, emergency food, etc.
cyclesarge is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 09:22 AM
Member
 
Baron650's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Happy Trails has a pretty narrow setup that takes Pelicans or Seahorse. It really looks the business and the cases are tough as hell. That Givi setup is top loading though, which would be quite convenient.
Baron650 is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 11:38 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Silicon Valley
Posts: 544
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Look at any company that relocates the turn signals. this keeps the panniers closer to the bike
I can tell you that happy trails is not the one, I have them on my gen 2 and with my boxes they are wider then the handle bars.



Last edited by Motojunkee; 02-22-2014 at 02:55 AM.
Motojunkee is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Mark Jags's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 223
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I've decided to go with the Givi PL447 racks and E21 cases as I think it will best fit my needs both spacially and aesthetically. Thanks for all your feedback.

Mark Jags
[[/FONT]


09 Blue V
03 H-D Sportster - 50K miles and counting...
08 Bonneville - wife's bike



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mark Jags is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-27-2014, 07:17 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I made my own at 16.5" and the result with Seahorse 720 cases is narrower than the bars:

https://www.facebook.com/versysbeak?fref=ts
Hoghead is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome