New Luggage rack for Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin is ready. Here are some details.
It is made of 5 mm aluminum (AlMg3 H22). Flanges on both sides and on the rear significantly improves rigidity, which is important, since there are pre-drilled holes for Givi E115F kit, which enables mounting of Givi aluminum top cases (some plastic top cases won't fit).
Racks are milled, not just cut on laser or water-jet, so all edges are chamfered. This provides smooth surface which won't damage straps.
We used new bending process and there are no visible bending marks on the rack.
Racks will be offered anodized, in black or plain aluminum look. There are several large pockets on the rack, providing strapping points but also reducing the weight of the rack - rack, including hardware, is approx 1.2 kg.
These bikes are used in many ways, with or without pillion, on or off road, with soft or hard luggage. So we figured it would be good idea to make rack that can mount in three longitudinal positions. If rider is alone, riding off road, front mounting position (towards rider) will move mass towards center of the bike, contributing to handling and reducing bouncing of the luggage. If pillion is on the bike, rack can be moved towards rear, so pillion have enough room.
Rack is mounted on rear carrier using aluminum spacers 14 mm high. That way low profile is achieved, while there is enough room for straps under the racks.
Holes for Rotopax mounts are pre-drilled. Rotopax mount can be fixed in several ways. There is also rare option to mount two 1 gallon Rotopax cans next to each other.
Overall dimension of top surface is approx 367/284 (W) x 279 (L) (milimeters). Top surface is completely flat. It is a bit narrower than bikes turn signals.
We tried to follow design lines of the bike and I think we did a good job.