- Review by IdahoRenegace
Left side bag for my bike required a spacer kit to extend the mounts outward. Otherwise the locking bracket will hit the grab bar of the bike. Only thing is the spacers were a bit short. An extra 1/8 inch would be plenty, 1/16 might even do it. Missed it by thaaat much. I did some very slight bending to the upper tab that mounts to the top of the frame to move the latch out a tiny bit. Visually you can barely see it, not a big deal. The other issue-the threaded portion of the screws in the kit with the spacers are too short-the screws bottom in the thread on the unthreaded shank of the screw. Again, no big deal, a washer took care of it, or a trip to the hardware store for some different screws would address it. All these issues would be specific to this bike (new 650 Strom) and the spacer kit.
One issue I don't care for-the height of the cases. The are high, about even with the top of the seat. I would prefer them to be lower by 1-2 inches. The mounting tab that mounts to the top bar of your rack dictates this elevation. It would be easy enough to shorten it and drill 2 new holes, but then the lower "yokes" wouldn't match the pucks. One caution as well-play with the front to back position on your cases on your bike, especially if you will carry a passenger. You may want to move the cases such that the mounts are offset to the front of the cases-I suspect I will redrill my holes. I suspected that going in but wanted to try them centered on the cases, just for looks.
Last issue-the yokes that go around the pucks on the mounting frame do not fit tightly. In the brief ride I took (on a gravel road) I noticed considerable rattling between these surfaces. I'll be playing with that, I expect some o-rings or rubber spacers would "wedge" these parts and address the issue.
Overall, it seems to be a good product, I'd say 3.5 if it was an option. And on a different bike, much of what I described wouldn't be an issue, I'd probably go a 4. The rattle issue does need to be addressed, and perhaps the height issue as well. (Posted on 7/7/14)
- Review by Robert
Build quality is simple and effective. I used it to mount two Pelican 1550 cases to a Givi tubular rack (PL532) on my DL650. I was going to build my own setup, but by the time I could manufacture or piece together the parts, I'd spend just as much time and money and not have something I could trust, nor really lock. Installation was relatively quick - the only problem I had was that I stripped out 3 of the hex head bolts that mount to the actual rack. This is what I notified Twisted Throttle about. I had to extract the screws and I installed tougher ones in their place. Although I don't think it was completely their product - the Givi Tubular rack I was installing to I think had paint or something in the threaded holes. Possibly a combination of the two. Either way once this was remedied the rest of the process was quick and painless. Until someone tried to steal one of my panniers. The lock held up and they didn't get it, but the 'panel washer' got a little bent up and I had to fix it. I've dropped the bike on it's side and the cases stayed put and nothing broke, so the hardware is pretty tough. Overall if you want an effective and simple way to mount panniers to your bike with some peace-of-mind, I'd highly recommend this product. (Posted on 8/17/13)
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