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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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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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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.

GaryL

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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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Hell of a deal here if you decide to go this route. No affiliation. —> https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/323785332507
the auction ain't over til it's over but maybe the guy had a buy it now before bids were placed and thats why it looked like a deal

it's something to watch though !

I have a slightly used (aprx 200 miles riding) full HT rear rack set with side racks and turn signal extensions etc as well as an unused HT front rack I'll be posting in the classifieds this weekend
 

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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
Couldn't disagree more, JMO

That piece of sheet metal on the TW that the CR attaches to on the frame is not the fault of the CR, it's the TW. I did replace and beef up that on both TW's. Have you seen the loaded up cycle rack on our bikes when we go TW camping for 3-4 days at a time? On their web site is a pic of me and my 2001 TW by the river on one of our Around the Olympic Mts. trips.
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Warranty speaks for it's self.

Cycle Rack Warranty,
All our products are 100% made in the USA.
If the rack is ever broken for any reason​
, we will replace it for
free​
, you just pay the shipping.
Never a question if you are the original owner or not, A STANDUP COMPANY FOR SURE.


Happy Trails Products Warranty
Warranty Policy
  • We warrant products we manufacture to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase.
  • During the one year period, Happy Trails will at its sole option, repair or replace any components which fail due to defects in materials and workmanship in normal use. Repairs or replacement will be at no charge to the customer. Freight will be prepaid by Happy Trails for USA customers only. In certain cases, return of the product for inspection, repair, and/or replacement may be necessary. This warranty does not cover damage caused by crashes, abuse, unreasonable wear and tear, or improper installation.
  • The warranty is intended for the original purchaser only. Proof of purchase will be needed to submit an item for warranty consideration. Happy Trails will consider items for warranty repair that are over a year if they fit the criteria above.
  • To begin a warranty claim, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected].
 

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Well I won that eBay bid on the HT set. paid $209 plus $20 shipping which is still a deal. Though I'm not sure it it comes with tail light extension so might need to get creative.wish I had seen your post PlacerLode.
 

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a follow up question,... which rack do people use when they make a lil following trailer? Is mounting to the swing arm preferred, or if the rear rack, which rack would perform better?
 
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