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Rack install problem

I have a 07 Versys and I've been chasing a rear rack for a while. The local dealers were all quoting $300+ for Ventura and Givi (Australia=rip off) but a new Motech rack popped up on ebay for a decent price, but it was for a 2010 model. I asked a few people and they all said it would fit.
So I bought it. The rack arrived and I've tried to install it. I've quickly realised there is no way in hell it will fit.... Either I've done something stupid or the 2010 is completely incompatible with the 2007 model...
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By the looks of it, you got a problem and may have to do some modification to the last two bolt on extensions.

Sorry man, sometimes these thing do happen and we find a way around it.
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Yeah this sucks... Dam Kawasaki... Not really sure how to fix this, might be able to put some kind of extender for the rear bolts to mount on. Little area to play in though. I don't have a welder either so I can't relocate the mounts.
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07 Versys V46 Topcase & V35

Top case mount is independent of side cases as to mounting hardware









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I`m just wondering if you could take 2 short flat steel bars and drill a couple holes in them and attach it that way on the back end?
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I`m just wondering if you could take 2 short flat steel bars and drill a couple holes in them and attach it that way on the back end?
I was thinking the same thing! Get two pieces of steel, put bolts on the end of the rack holes, then through two drilled holes in the steel bars. Unless this will get in the way of the seat securing I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Keep us posted on what you decide.


***Edit to add...make sure you line up the top case mounting plate with the rack, then measure out the steel bar pieces. And you may have to reinforce the mounting plate to help avoid a shifting/swivel effect.

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I was thinking the same thing! Get two pieces of steel, put bolts on the end of the rack holes, then through two drilled holes in the steel bars. Unless this will get in the way of the seat securing I don't see why it wouldn't work.

Keep us posted on what you decide.


***Edit to add...make sure you line up the top case mounting plate with the rack, then measure out the steel bar pieces. And you may have to reinforce the mounting plate to help avoid a shifting/swivel effect.
If you go the added tabs & bolt route, I'd get it all lined up & see if there's a muffler shop near by to have them do some welding. Four decades in steel fabrication has taught me that if you only have one bolt at a connection you've made a hinge.
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Yeah I'm not sure if this will work, there is very little space under the back bolt holes to put a steel tab/connector. I might be able to get the back holes joins removed and re-welded but this is suddenly getting expensive..
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Yeah I'm not sure if this will work, there is very little space under the back bolt holes to put a steel tab/connector. I might be able to get the back holes joins removed and re-welded but this is suddenly getting expensive..
The rack I posted photos of, I almost gave away, the guy buying my topcase had a conny and didn't want it, another member bought it on the forum. The rack you have was meant for a MK-2, I posted as many photos as I could find, you will notice it uses the existing racking on the bike and only 1 of the hand rail / seat bolts, on each side.
I did a google search, Givi Rack, all kinds of photos , nothing that I could find resembling what you have, basically two pieces of scrap metal, also from appearance,plus some brackets / hardware is missing possibly.

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Looks like it is the SW Motech Rack for the 2010-2014 Versys, minus the adapter plate that the case would attach to, as that changes depending on the type of case you are attempting to use.

https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/KAWASA...2572006207.htm (Part number GPT.08.714.15000/B)

The above link confirms what you've already discovered...it doesn't fit. Sorry. There is a SW Motech rack for the 07-09 Versys, but it has a different part number (GPT.08.391.20003/B).
https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/KAWASA...2572036464.htm


The rack posted by onewizard is the FZ447 (Givi) / KZ447 (Kappa) rack, which is a completely different mounting system.

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Yep that's it, mine has the backplate. Weird how they changed this, the 2 models have the same seat, mount and tail yet they changed the grab rails...
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Yep that's it, mine has the backplate. Weird how they changed this, the 2 models have the same seat, mount and tail yet they changed the grab rails...
PROBABLY because the Gen 1 passenger grab-rails have a 'tendency' to crack....

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