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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-19-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I want to make my Vulcan a better touring ride. I'm thinking hard luggage, but haven't had much luck finding anything that'll fit. I need some kind of rear luggage rack that will hold a 40L topcase, not the wimpy 5lb rack that seems to be the only thing I can find. No luck finding luggage racks to support detachable hard bags either. Does anyone know of anything that'll work. Someone who has made some custom pieces maybe?
It'd be nice to have a bigger gas tank too; any simple options there?

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I want to make my Vulcan a better touring ride. I'm thinking hard luggage, but haven't had much luck finding anything that'll fit. I need some kind of rear luggage rack that will hold a 40L topcase, not the wimpy 5lb rack that seems to be the only thing I can find. No luck finding luggage racks to support detachable hard bags either. Does anyone know of anything that'll work. Someone who has made some custom pieces maybe?
It'd be nice to have a bigger gas tank too; any simple options there?
The 5lb rating on the stock rack (which is one of the better ones to choose) is just to remove chances of lawsuits against Kawasaki. It's been known to hold easily over 100lbs when used as a ladder of sorts (I believe it was Knifemaker who used it to stand on to change a lightbulb)
I've had well over 5lbs on mine many times with no problems.

As for hardbags, there's several here who've gone that route and should post soon.
A search of the forum should offer some insight also.


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The factory rack will support alot of weight, Kawasaki limited it to 5 lbs. so the bike would not go over the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating)


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Somebody here recently installed some Givi hard bags that are quick detach. Try a search for Givi or hard bags. (I don't remember his screen name)
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I've carried a lot of gear on the stock Kaw rack with no problems.

Recently I added a relatively cheap but good-looking detachable/lockable tail case ~ an Emgo Portable Travel Trunk. It is VERY useful for carrying things while commuting.



A note of caution: loading up the tail rack DOES change the balance of the bike. This is most obvious to me when I mount a loaded bike while it is still on the center stand ~ it begins to tip backwards!

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Somebody here recently installed some Givi hard bags that are quick detach. Try a search for Givi or hard bags. (I don't remember his screen name)
I think this is what you are refering to.

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I mounted some old samsonite small suitcases (metal and plastic). I ran longer bolts through the grab rails. To those bolts (using spacers to hold it away from the grab rails) I attached some lengths of bar stock to make a small brace. I bolted the suitcases to the brace. They're removeable (4 bolts) but not quick-detachable. They hold a ton and the weight sits low on the bike.

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Have a read through this thread https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9851

The Givi bag thread was https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=988

But if money is no object for you and you really want easily detachable hard bags that were built for your bike, go to LeatherLyke. They have hard lockable saddlebags and tourpacks that look like they are made out of leather... http://www.leatherlyke.com/srchbike...._(Vulcan%20750)

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I've got a stock Kawi rear rack and it holds plenty. Recently road my baby to Key West with the wife and we used a Tourmaster Cruiser II luggage set with an attached barrel bag on top. The luggage attaches to the back of the seat and rests on the rear rack (the extended backrest would make it fit even better). Packed enough for a 3-day trip for the two of us, and it looked like it was made for the bike.

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