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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Luggage rack questions...

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So I just ordered one of the trunks from sears, hoping to use it on the coming trip to DC. However, I realized I don't have a luggage rack so now I'm on the hunt. I found 2 on ebay but wonder if other models will fit. How do these mount? It's very difficult to see in the pictures available.

And if anyone has a rack they're willing to part with, I'm in the market.

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The Kawasaki model ties into the (4) existing fasteners that connect the sissy bar to the side rails and (2) existing holes in the bracket at the top of the fender.

It might be possible to find another model that would WORK, but I would be shocked if there's another model with the same interface.
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Yeah, I have the Kawasaki rack, and it is definitely designed specifically for the Vulcan 750. It is unlikely you would find anything else that even comes close. If you are an expert welder/fabricator, you might be able to make or modify something, otherwise you're stuck with the Kawasaki rack.

Though I have only seen one model, there are apparently two. Kawasaki changed the design some years back. Not sure why.

It would be difficult to mount a trunk on the Kawasaki rack, because it is so small and close to the backrest, and the backrest angles backward. I also have the extended backrest, and use it and the rack as a way of attaching a T Bag setup. Jerry.

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Yeah, I have the Kawasaki rack, and it is definitely designed specifically for the Vulcan 750. It is unlikely you would find anything else that even comes close. If you are an expert welder/fabricator, you might be able to make or modify something, otherwise you're stuck with the Kawasaki rack.

Though I have only seen one model, there are apparently two. Kawasaki changed the design some years back. Not sure why.

It would be difficult to mount a trunk on the Kawasaki rack, because it is so small and close to the backrest, and the backrest angles backward. I also have the extended backrest, and use it and the rack as a way of attaching a T Bag setup. Jerry.
Actually it is quite easy to mount a trunk to the factory rack. The base that comes with the trunk is about the same size as the rack, takes about 30min to install.


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didnt you fab your own seat doing away with the stock sissy bar?

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Here`s a link to the $33 luggage trunk thread with some pictures on post #33 of mounting the trunk to the rack. Looks quite simple to do.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...t=trunk&page=4

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Actually it is quite easy to mount a trunk to the factory rack. The base that comes with the trunk is about the same size as the rack, takes about 30min to install.
While I see no reason why it would be a problem to mount a trunk on the factory rack itself, the backrest will get in the way. It takes up some of the room on the rack, because it angles back over it. While I'm sure it can be done (virtually anything can be done if you are determined enough), it will not be really easy. Hard trunks have hinged lids, and the backrest will prevent the lid from opening, unless you mount it a ways back on the rack. You may need to rig some kind of an extension. For temporary use, I would just attach a piece of plywood to the rack, big enough to stick out a ways behind the rack, and then attach the trunk to the plywood. If I wanted a permanent installation, I would probably take the rack to a place that does such things, and have it modified (made longer). Since welding would destroy the chrome, I'd probably sand down the chrome on the whole rack and paint it. Jerry.

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I did mod a seat and did away with the sissy bar. That won't be an option. The issue thus far is that I rigged up a luggage rack but it hugs so closely to the tail light that I can't get the mounting bracket under the luggage rack as it's intended.

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While I see no reason why it would be a problem to mount a trunk on the factory rack itself, the backrest will get in the way. It takes up some of the room on the rack, because it angles back over it. While I'm sure it can be done (virtually anything can be done if you are determined enough), it will not be really easy. Hard trunks have hinged lids, and the backrest will prevent the lid from opening, unless you mount it a ways back on the rack. You may need to rig some kind of an extension. For temporary use, I would just attach a piece of plywood to the rack, big enough to stick out a ways behind the rack, and then attach the trunk to the plywood. If I wanted a permanent installation, I would probably take the rack to a place that does such things, and have it modified (made longer). Since welding would destroy the chrome, I'd probably sand down the chrome on the whole rack and paint it. Jerry.
Actually Lance mounted his with no problems, no rigging, no special mounting, nothing...nadda. The back rest does not get in the way and the Mutazu truck fits right up against the backrest and mounts to the luggage rack just fine. It's as if this trunk was made for our bike. After seeing it on Lance's bike, I am ordering one for myself soon since I have the GA hard bags and the trunk matches nicely.

Sorry Jerry, your not gonna win on this on. I've personally seen it done without any issues or mods. That's why I'm buying the trunk. It's basically "plug and play" so to speak.


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You guys are really making me want to dump some more money down and get the rack / trunk, lol. I still think that 80 bucks for a new barely 8 inch luggage rack is a little ridiculous though. I've already spent more money on mods then I should have this year, lol.

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