First Upgrades to my 2014 650 - SW Motech Rack and Off-Road Foot Pegs
After a few weeks and almost 500 miles on my new-to-me 2014 650 ABS I finally got to put in a little wrench time installing some fresh-from-Germany SW Motech goodies. The previous owner made some great upgrades and I finally got to bolt on a few new ones of my own.
SW Motech On-Road / Off-Road Footpegs
Installation was a breeze after putting some trust in German engineering after what seemed like a problem (more on that in a second). The pegs for the 2014 offer two foot positions -- OEM and low -- and I opted for the low position. The previous owner of my bike used a set of lowering brackets to drop the stock pegs but I hated how narrow they felt underfoot when I was standing up. My Strom-straddling buddy, who has no problem finding aftermarket ADV goodies recommended I upgrade to a wider off-road style pegs and I can immediately tell that this was a wise but expensive add-on. They feel far more solid and stable than the lowered pegs and my hobbit legs aren't going to have much of an issue coming every so slightly. As for the difficulty in installation... the foot pegs will not want to slip onto the brackets so don't bother trying to force it on by hand. As you tighten the screw that holds the peg on the mounting bracket it pulls over over the diamond-shaped lug with a very snug interference fit. Once I remembered "trust the Germans, snug it slowly, it was built that way by design," it came together with zero issues and feels like one piece of metal.
One final note -- if you're looking for these and see the part that says they fit up to an '11 (but not 12-14), you've still got the right part. Euro-spec bikes (remember, SW Motech is in Germany) changed footage mounts in 2012 but they did NOT change on the US-spec bikes. The parts guru I mentioned earlier called Twisted Throttle while at the same time digging up the factory parts list for the bike and confirmed both the brake and shifter-side mounts were exactly the same through 2014. I'm not sure how this would affect Canada or South American market bikes, but for the US bikes you're good to go. Hopefully this saves some headaches for the other 2014 650 ABS owners out there. I also noticed the description on Twisted Throttle has been updated, so hopefully that clears things up.
SW Motech Alu-Rack Rear Luggage Carrier
This was another part I was hoping would come together without muss or fuss, since we've got to align two arms and the rack. The instructions are a bit sparse but easy to follow for someone who's ever built ANYTHING from Ikea. Don't forget to reuse the factory bolts and washers - everything else fit like, well, yeah... it was fresh off das boot. The install is rock solid and straight, I had no problems getting everything to line up and snug down. I was able to install the rack arms to the bike frame and torque them down without throwing off the platform holes. For the platform, I suggest starting all four loosely then working your way around to final tightness. I didn't Loctite the screws yet as I'm going to add the soft bag platform and may need to remove the rack to install the quick-detach hardware which will come with it. Overall, I LOVE the look of the rack. The supports get rid of the stealth fighter plastic grab handles for a more no-nonsense powder coated steel rail and the rack itself looks fantastic back there -- something that belongs on the bike more than a big blue milk crate. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the platform and mounting up the Mosko Moto tail duffel I got for Father's Day! I'll toss up an update to this post when I get those bolted up.
Not a bad way to spend a Friday evening after dinner. After these parts went on I wrenched on my 3 year-old's training wheels and we went for a little pedal ride around the block. What better way to end the day... Cheers!
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