Motorcycle Luggage Rack
Driving a motorcycle is one way to get through heavy traffic and reach your destination faster. However, there's one thing that limits the motorcycle's functionality.lack of storage space for when you need to bring several stuff with you. That's what the luggage rack is for.
This add-on increases the functionality of your motorcycle by providing enough room for your saddlebags and other things you may want to bring while traveling. It's able to hold up considerable amount of weight without compromising the looks and performance of your bike.
Whether you've purchased an aftermarket unit or you made one all by yourself, here's how to install a motorcycle luggage rack:
What you'll need:
- Cotton rag
- Socket wrench
- Motorcycle luggage rack
Step 1: Prepare your motorcycle.
Bring your motorcycle to a well-lit work area and employ the stands. Wipe off dust and loose dirt from the seat using a soft cloth or cotton rag.
Step 2: Take out the seat.
It isn't always necessary but if your motorcycle model requires removal of the seat so you can install the rack well, you have to remove it using a screwdriver or a socket wrench. In some models, you can just choose to open or raise the seat.
Step 3: Attach the Velcro strips to the rack.
The Velcro strips are usually included when you purchase a luggage holder, and they are sized and shaped according to the motorcycle make and model. Thread the strips through the rack, making sure that no part of the strip is twisted or tangled.
Step 4: Install the motorcycle luggage rack.
Slide the rack into its proper position, which is at the back of the seat. Make sure it properly fits in place before adjusting the Velcro strips under the seat to secure the rack. Tighten the strips just enough to keep the rack in place even when the motorcycle is running on top speed or passing through rough surface.
Step 5: Put the seat back in place.
Re-install the seat using a screwdriver or socket wrench. Close the seat and check the rack for proper clearance before securing the seat in place. Try to move the rack; there should be no unnecessary movement. If there is, you have to adjust the Velcro strips.
Test the motorcycle luggage rack first before putting anything on it. The best way to do this is to take your motorcycle for a ride in a quiet and low-trafficked place so you can pay attention to any sound or unnecessary vibration that may be produced by the rack as the motorcycle runs. Adjust the Velcro strips when necessary.
Tip # 1: Do not make the mistake of pulling excessively on the strips or overtightening them as it can cause premature damage on them. Doing so can also create unsightly marks on the surface of the motorcycle's seat. Remember that most Velcro strips have anti slip material that clings to the seat's leather material, so overtightening them can damage the material of the seat.
Tip #2: Once installed, make sure that the motorcycle luggage rack won't get in contact with any painted surface in your motorcycle. Many luggage racks are made from aluminum or light metal, and these materials cause nicks and scratches on any painted surface.