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My new TW has the little noise bugs worked out. Now I'm wondering what's your guys opinions on a rear rack? OEM or aftermarket?
 

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OEM is useless in some folks eyes. Hundreds, probably thousands, of folks use the OEM rack without issues to carry beer, rocks, groceries, camping gear and you know whatever. I personally don't want a snowplow, a crash bar, or a giant air foil on the back of my bike.
 

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Are you looking at small or large? How much weight are you going to carry? Is function or looks more important? $ willing to spend?
I like the way you think. Not looking to hijack but am interested in this topic. So perhaps I can jump in. I would like a rack that mounts on passenger peg like cycletack but smaller than cyclecrack. Is that a moose rack?


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It would be cool to see a running thread with a collection of all the purchasable rear racks as I too am in the market and would like to see as many as possible before pulling the trigger. Better yet, I need to do a little more digging, but hope to find a thread showing how everyone is packing their TDUB's for overnight camping! (sorry to highjack!)
 

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We had some great threads, but the great photobucket fiasco has ruined many of the old ones. "How much crap do you plan to carry?"is the question.

The top racks that I can think of are: Cyclerack, Manrack, OEM, Happy Trails, and Moose Racing racks, in no particular order. Or, you can beg and plead with vanillagorilla1 to make another run of his custom Cyclerack-Manrack love child type of rack. But, until then those are your main choices.

Keep in mind that the sub-frame has some weaknesses on the bike, so if you plan on carrying a lot of stuff, spread out the load with options like a front rack and saddlebags over the tank, etc.
 

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Well, there’s racks and “racks” – some of these things are stronger than others (though we still end up arguing over the matter)

The basics are – the rear carry platform straight from the factory is only rated for 7lbs – so the chances are you’ll need something at some point

The strongest points to attach a rack are the four under the seat – and the rear foot pegs

The weakest points are the indicator stalks – though I’ve heard of someone using the exhaust mounting point, but that’s a one sided conversation to begin with

The four under the seat approach is fine, but even then you’re on the sub frame, just not so far out towards the tail. But the vertical theory is that if it’s good enough for a pillion, it’s good place start – but when you put a loaded rack on that point, it’s like shoving a 3ft pry bar under there and bouncing up and down on it (same as the load would do on the trail)

To counter-act this effect, some manufacturers take two more struts down to the rear peg mounts, so when you jump up and down on that pry bar, the forces are effectively stopped by what amounts to a vertical force on those struts.

Sounds cool right ?

But that only takes into account the relative vertical forces, and when you start to put a wider platform on the rear (to take the exhaust into account for panniers etc), you start to get “twist”. Take a 3ft long metal tube and you can lean on it vertically all you want – stick your foot half way along it and pull up on one end, and it’ll start to flex.

So let’s dive back in under the seat for a minute, and take a closer look at those four holes, and you’ll notice that they are all set into flat pressed steel, and designed to “hold in place” things like the seat – not to take the weight placed on the seat itself. If you clamped a pair of mole grips on that steel and worked it up and down, twisted it around a bit – think you could weaken it ?

So the “weak point” is now on the bike, and not on the rack – though the carrying dimensions of the rack itself are a contributory factor, compounded by the placement of the kitchen sink right on the end of it.

When you start to take all these factors into consideration, you can see how this goes

1: Carefully consider the size of rack for your needs
2: If you do go for one of the bigger ones, consider how you load it. Place heavier objects closest to the seat (or on the seat itself), and leave the rearmost part for the sleeping bags
3: Consider modifying those pressed steel cross struts under the seat, you may need to weld in something stronger (but be aware that this will only put the pressure back onto the rack)

There is no such thing as the “perfect rack”, but most rack failures come as a result of “user error”.

There’s a picture on the net somewhere of a guy with a full size deer over the back of his TW – he was smart enough to place most of the body weight over the rear of the seat, using the rack to tie down the feet.

http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/573-luggage-rack-choices.html goes into more detail with regards suppliers (be aware that that thread is seven years old and some of them may no longer be in business – and from time to time members on here make a few and sell them on ……
 

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It would be cool to see a running thread with a collection of all the purchasable rear racks as I too am in the market and would like to see as many as possible before pulling the trigger.”

Well go ahead and build such a thread. Any individual wouldn’t have to do any more work researching old posts and collecting imagery than anyone else to satisfy this desire. To paraphrase JFK "Ask not what this Forum can do for you but rather what you can do for this Forum”.
If anyone want something in life then they should at least try to do something tangible to make it happen.
 

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So...looks like you will be starting a thread and finding some pictures Fred...:D

"Rear Rack Reviews"? or whatever you want to call it and put it in "Gear and Product Reviews" and other members can share what they use too! :)



It would be cool to see a running thread with a collection of all the purchasable rear racks as I too am in the market and would like to see as many as possible before pulling the trigger.”

Well go ahead and build such a thread. Any individual wouldn’t have to do any more work researching old posts and collecting imagery than anyone else to satisfy this desire. To paraphrase JFK "Ask not what this Forum can do for you but rather what you can do for this Forum”.
If anyone want something in life then they should at least try to do something tangible to make it happen.
 

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Nope....Why not let someone who is interested in the results do the effort to generate the results? The internet is a two way street; one can push as well as pull information as witnessed by the nice helpfull pictures posted by others so far.
 

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So much for your paraphrase...haha. :sorrow:
Nope....Why not let someone who is interested in the results do the effort to generate the results? The internet is a two way street; one can push as well as pull information as witnessed by the nice helpfull pictures posted by others so far.
 

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Good idea Fred! Is this what you had in mind? I can't comment on quality or pros / cons but I can post links to what's available.
Here are some links for Rack information:

First up Manracks http://www.manracks.com/yamaha-tw200

Here's a video about installing one of the manracks by the TDubsKid
Here are some forum discussions about manracks:


http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/9585-2011-tw-manracks.html#/topics/9585?page=4

http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/14402-manracks-rear-rack-mounted-mine-today-silly-post.html#/topics/14402

http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/16142-anyone-want-guess-weight-limit-manrack.html#/topics/16142

I contacted Manracks with this inquiry.

Question:
Subject Yamaha tw200 rear rack choices
Message Several Tw200 forum members are interested in your rear racks for Yamaha tw200. I see you have several listed. I can't determine the differences between the different choices. Must one order one with rotopax listed in order to carry rotopax? Do they all use the same mounting points on the bike? Thanks for any additional information you can provide to our group.

Answer:
We do custom order aswell so however you want it just let us know

all racks mount the same


I'll add to this post as I find more information. :)


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