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This kit is for GL1800's without a trailer hitch. It comes with a receiver bracket and is attached to the side saddle sub frame. The Packit Rak is designed to support 25 pounds including the weight of the luggage bag, which weighs approx. 7 lbs. Bag demensions are 21" Wide x 12" Tall 11" Deep.
The bag is strong, sturdy and constructed with rigid foam laminated sides, including top & bottom, which allows it to hold it's shape, even when completely empty, and is water resistant. The bag cover slips over the bag and pan corners to keep luggage bag dry, free from road grime and fading from the sun.
The Receiver Bracket is designed to be completely hidden when not in use. Stock center fender reflector covers the receiver hole (attachment hardware included to re-use stock reflector). It intalls in 45 minutes or less with minimal tools required.
Receiver Bracket (for those without an existing trailer hitch), Pan & Lock Blade, Attachment Tube, Luggage Bag, Bag Cover
I've already reviewed this awesome add-on from a couple of perspectives but now I have another minor 'upgrade' that I want to share. Up to now, when traveling on the road I always remove the storage compartment at night and take it in the hotel room but leave the rack connected to the bike. Depending on where we're staying though, I'm sometimes a little hesitant about leaving the rack mounted to the bike thinking someone might take it, and wish I just had a way to secure it a little better.
So now it is locked on. I removed that pin underneath that secures the receiver and drilled a hole through it just large enough to get one of my small locks through it. So now when I put the pin in I also secure it with a small lock. It's certainly not theft-proof by any means, but it's enough I think to deter someone from easily slipping the rack off, if even just out of orneriness. (Remember, locks are mainly just to keep honest people honest anyway. If they really wanted it I'm sure they could still get it, but they'd have to work a little harder for it;-)
We're heading out for another 5500 mile, 2-1/2 week trip later this summer and suffice it to say I won't be quite as worried now about leaving the rack on overnight. The process was quite easy and if anyone needs any particulars feel free to chime in. I have a photo of it locked on but can't see how to include it with this post, but I'd be happy to share it - just let me know.
My first review was pretty much about receiving and installing the unit, but now I've used the Pakit Rak for several 2000+ mile trips, and can comment from a different perspective. The Pakit Rak makes road trips so much easier since I can easily store all those light, bulky items in an easy to get to location. I keep all my rain gear, alternate jackets, and other bulky items in it, leaving much more room in my trunk and saddlebags. One lesson I learned, be careful and not overload the Pakit Rak at all or the bike will steer a but squirrely when slowing to stop. But at no time when traveling can I even notice it's connected to the bike. Great product idea, and pretty good construction too. Cover is durable and storage trunk is heavy duty. Most of the silver edge trim has come loose but with a short strip of all-weather McGuyver tape and it was all secure again. Another rider suggested it would be nice to be able to lock the unit on to the bike and I agree. But overall a good product. Built for the road and is definitely all-weather.
Great addition, provides lots of extra storage space without having to tow a trailer. Was easy to install, very sturdy. Bag is sturdy and has an easy attachment system. Used it recently on a 6000 mile trip was great to have. Once home, remove the receiver, replace the reflector and the bike looks stock.
Just installed this on my 08 Wing and we're about to take our first 2000+ mile journey with it, so I will hopefully have some awesome things to add to this post when I get back, but first - the installation.
I don't have a hitch so I bought the 'no hitch' version, and it was a relatively simple installation. Took me about 2-1/2 hours, not counting the run I had to make to my local hardware store. ;-( One of the little plastic bags of hardware had the correct label showing what the contents were suppose to be, but the actual contents were wrong. I was suppose to have (2) 4 x 1-1/2" bolts, with washers and nuts, but instead I had two U-bolts with washers and nuts. (These were in addition to the U-bolts included for the cross bar) And of course it was a Saturday night and the hardware store was about to close. But thankfully I made it back in time with the bolts I needed.
One tip that might be helpful, I did the install by myself and found it difficult to hold the cross bar in place and also line up the Receiver Bracket to start the 2 bolts. In fact, I've lost some use in my right wrist due to a previous motorcycle accident, and to be honest I flat could NOT get them lined up. So I used some all-weather duct tape (regular would work fine) and taped the cross-member to the amplifier it supports, pretty much held it in place, and that made getting the bolts started much easier. Hope that tip helps someone else.
Also, near the end of the instructions in Step 10 it says 'See Reflector Mounting instructions' but there were none. Not sure what it was referring to because there was nothing in any of my paperwork that had anything to do with the reflector, but I would definitely be interested to know if there is a way to have that reflector cover that hole anytime the unit is not attached (without glueing it on;-)
Unit looks good on the bike. Overall, it seems high quality. I do feel it is pretty much overpriced, and for that reason it's hard to overlook mistakes (like not sending the right bolts), but I do feel it will last me many miles. I did notice the zippers were difficult to zip, but hopefully they will break-in and that will get easier.
Giving it 4 stars only because of the high price coupled with that inconvenient packing mistake.
I'll post more possibly after the maiden voyage.
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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