Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Deptford, NJ, USA
Re: Ft. Worth Luggage Rack
Several weeks ago, after reading some old forum threads, I decided to remove my top case to determine if there was a big difference in bike handling without it. I went for a ride and loved the way the bike handled without the additional weight up high. I got on a scale and determined that the empty case weights almost 34lbs.
I decided to replace the case with one of these racks. Frankly, I was always unhappy with the limited internal space within the top case; much of it occupied by the speakers. I now use the Marsee, 50 Liter ZIPP Bag. It weighs nothing compared to the 34lb top case and clips onto the rack at 6 connection points. It provides a lot of flexibility with items you can carry, and easily holds two full face helmets along with other stuff. It has four external zip off bags as well. It appears to be very water resistant but also comes with a rain cover. In typical Marsee style, it seems to be very durable. Even if I load it with 34 pounds of stuff, I'm still running lighter than I would with the top case.
I haven't yet had an opportunity to put it to the test it on a road trip. My "hope" is that I will be able to eliminate one bag, by placing all my clothing and essentials in the Marsee bag and my camping gear in my dry bag...time will tell if that is actually possible. I recognize that there will be times that I will need the top case back on (pillion), so the rack design allows me to easily add the top case (on the rack) back on if I desire.
2005 Blue K1200LT
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