Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
I'd like to add a luggage rack and bag to my bike before CCR so I've also been on the lookout. I have found three choices: (a) the BMW rack, which looks OK but it's expensive and made of plastic. I've seen a couple of used ones (salavaged from wrecked bikes, prolly) on eBay but they came without hardware or instructions and were still too expensive. (b) the ZTechnic rack; these are pretty nice, all metal, with a brake light that supposedly plugs into stock wiring. I think the cost on these is about $250 or so. There is a top rack bag made by "Mag's Bags" that looks nice; they make a version for the BMW rack and one for the ZTechnic rack. (c) the modified H-D rack sold by Paul Sayegh, with the matching H-D bag. There is a link on the Accessory page to Paul's modified Harley rack.
I'll probably go with "c". To me it looks as nice as the ZTechnic rack, and the total cost of rack and bag is probably the best overall buy. One drawback is the lack of a top mounted stoplight, but you can probably figure out a way to mount an aftermarket LED light bar.
The Chicane bags are kind of new to me (I first saw them at Spring Training II) but they look really nice. Don't know the price or how they would mate up with the aftermarket racks. My dealer is having an open house tomorrow for the Vespa line; I may drop by and take a look at the Chicane rack bag and see how it compares.