Does anyone else find it stange that Qwerty, of all people, does not have a rack on his TW!?
You don't know me very well. I definately do not go with the flow, and don't give a rat's rump about what is the popular or proper way to do things. That said, by thinking for myself and doing things my way, I've never had to be rescued while on a dualsport ride, never even had anyone help pick up my narcoleptic motorcycle. Yet.
I do have a rack, similar to a Cycleracks part, but with a 3-gallon auxilary fuel tank underneath and incorporating LED tail, brake, turns, and license plate illumination so the entire rear fender and lights can be ditched. The rack also incorporates two large tool tubes on the left and one large tool tube on the right inside the removable panier brackets, and the "paniers" I intend to use are the yellow canoe bags currently atop the box. I also have a larger top box of the same type and a front rack incorporating a 7-inch round DOT LED headlight, LED running and turn lights, as well as a 1.5 gallon auxilary fuel tank. Also ready to go on is a wrap-around aluminum skid plate, mounted to a pair of down tubes that run from the front engine mount bolts to the peg mounts. I'm waiting to do the 266cc, 6-speed rebuild, which will be a frame-up re-engineering, before installing the rack.
The box is bolted to the stock fender pad holes with longer hardware. There are aluminum plates on both sides of the bottom of the box to distribute the load. Note that when luggage is piled on and/or riding offroad plenty of bungies are used in addition to the bolts. If you look close, each layer of luggage is bungied to the frame with progressively longer bungies, used in pairs in case one fails. That is the secret to successfully piling on the luggage.
No, I've never broken anything.