Installs quickly using basic hand tools. No cutting, drilling, or welding of existing motorcycle components required. The Alu-Rack is available in a black powder coated finish and can be used to attach soft luggage or most common brands of topcases (Givi, Coocase, Shad, etc.) to your motorcycle.Above photo courtesy of Alan LaRue, http://laruetx.com/moto/FZ1/index.html.
Silver03, an FZ1 Owners Association member, said:
Is it a lot of luggage for running around town? Yes. Does it strip down to a set of rails? Yes! Once everything is set up, it takes less than 5 minutes to go from bare bike to all racks and bags in place. It takes a lot less than 5 minutes. But if I told you that, you wouldn't believe me!
Adam Powell, an FZ1 owner, wrote to us on April 11, 2005:
I just wanted to let you know that I received the Alu-Rack and Quick-Lock sideracks and it all went together really easily - a really well made product! I look forward to getting years of use out of them. Thanks for the excellent service and super fast delivery. Thanks again!
Larry Kloker, owner of a 2002 Blue FZ1, wrote to us on April 26, 2005:
The SW-MOTECH Alu-rack just came in and I got it installed. I experienced no problems at all with the rail holes lining up. It all fit perfectly. Never thought I'd be sayin' this to a guy, but "Nice Rack!"
Installation notes from Twisted Throttle (March 30, 2005):
We've installed this product on the FZ1 several times in our shop, and we've found that there are a few tricks to easily installing the product on your first try. Not following the steps below may result in mistakenly concluding that the product doesn't fit properly.
First, it's important to point out that the holes drilled in the left and right Alu-Rack support rails are not symmetrical. Don't worry! This is intentional and necessary to fit the bike properly.
Second, before attempting to install the Alu-Rack, loosen all screws holding the rear plastic fairing to the frame of the motorcycle. This will allow you to shift the fairing a bit if necessary during installation.
Third, install the Alu-Rack. Once all screws are loosely in place, tighten each a little at a time until all screws are tight. Don't fully tighten each screw one-by-one, as this may shift the alu-rack out of its normal flat position. Instead, tighten all screws a few turns at a time until all are tight. Use of medium-strength liquid threadlocker is recommended.
Fourth, re-tighten each of the screws holding the rear plastic fairing to the frame of the motorcycle. Don't fully tighten each screw one-by-one, as this may shift the fairing out of place. Instead, tighten all screws a few turns at a time until all are tight.
If you follow these steps for installation and the Alu-Rack still doesn't appear to fit correctly, please give us a call!
- The Twisted Toprack Torquer
The Alu-Rack positions larger Givi topcases so that a portion of the topcase's front edge may be approximately 1 inch further forward than the rear edge of the passenger seat. We do not recommend use of an add-on passenger backrest when using Givi topcases on this rear rack, as a backrest may further reduce passenger clearance.