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    Cycleracks or Happy Trails rack systems

    I'm trying to decide between rack systems, a Cycleracks or a Happy Trails. When I say rack system I mean rear top and side racks. They both seem to be very reputable with Cycleracks seeming to have a bigger top rack but Happy Trails side racks being much more robust than Cycleracks hanging Bag Supports.

    The Moto camping setup I'm thinking of is to have saddlebags (probably Wolfman E-12) hanging over passenger seat area for smaller and heavier items, duffle bag on top rack for bulky light stuff (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) And then rotopax fuel/water cans on side racks.

    Pro for Happy Trails is side racks seem much more robust, pro for Cycleracks is I could remove side racks easy when not using them.

    Would love input on both these racks, particularly from those who have used the side racks from either source.
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    Hell of a deal here if you decide to go this route. No affiliation. —> https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F323785332507
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    Happy Trails are a much sturdier setup - but are pretty much locked on all the time, even when not in use - sticking out there. If you don't want the wide hips all the time, Cycleracks sides come off easy - and the whole rack pretty easily too.
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    If you can find a set of pannier mounts that someone here used to make you'll get the best of both. They are beefy and designed to work with the cyclerack
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    I just recently removed my Cyclerack and went with the full HT SU side rack and tail rack. I couldn't find a set of panniers that I liked since the ones everyone raves about aren't being made anymore. I am much happier with the HT rack since it has more points for me to attach tiedowns to without having to stretch the bungees to kingdom come. I also have the inner tool rack mounted on the left side to carry a rotopax when I finally go riding in the desert.

    I have nothing bad to say about the cyclerack just didn't work for what I want to do in the future.
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    That is a great deal on HT on eBay. Can't beat that.
    I have a Cyclerack on my TW & had a HT on my KLR. Never had or wanted the side attachment accessories so can't speak to that. But they are both quality items.
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    And the two companies are probably 10 to 15 miles apart as the crow flies. Add another 10 miles and you also have Seat Concepts that moved up here from California last year.

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    Don and Marc at Cycle Racks will always get my vote. They just made me a special order rear rack for my BW 350 project. I needed my rack to have the flat back rather than the humped one and I needed it painted red to match my bike color. They hit it out of the park and it is a perfect fit and color match.

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    Your 350 project is looking incredible Gary.
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    Happy Trails by a wide margin the cyclerack is really a weak design in the TW application, bikes like BW's have much stronger rear frames and can handle the added stress of a cyclerack but TW's are weak where cycleracks attach
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