by Nikola Maletić November 29, 2018 5 min read

I am riding 2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R since beginning of 2018. As usual, I am focused on off road riding. But, since this bike is very capable tourer, I am riding far (at least for European norms) to reach off road areas that were out of my reach when I was riding 690. Also, I use this bike as a commuter.

Generally, I am using all versatility of this great bike. So, I tried to design top luggage rack that will match bike’s versatility. After several months of using it, I can say I am very, very happy with outcome.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack

Perun moto rack can be mounted with or without OEM grab handles. Personally, I like design of OEM grab handles and I find them useful, even if I never ride with passenger. But, for folks that would like to remove them – just go ahead - set of additional spacers is provided with the rack.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack w/o OEM grab handles

If OEM grab handles are removed, it is important to know that rack is bolted to the bike using high quality 10.9 Zn-coated bolts. That, large spacers (OD = 20 mm) and side flanges bent downwards, with smooth edges, are making possible to use racks flanges as grab handles - to pull the bike from the ground, push it out of mud hole or just to move it around the garage. Rack is very strong and there is no chance it will be bent. It is made of 6 mm thick AlMg3 (5754) H22 aluminum, which is perfect alloy for this application. At the same time, rack is as light as OEM rack plate (standard on 1290 models) – it weights only 1 kg (+0.15 kg for hardware).

Since I am riding mostly off road, I use soft bags most of the time. My favorite is Mosko moto Reckless 80 bag and slots on the rack are positioned in way to allow best possible placement of that bag. Bag can be placed in several positions, and if carried over the back of the seat, there is enough room on the rack plate to strap smaller duffle bag or tool bag.

 Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Mosko moto Reckless 80

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Mosko moto Reckless 80

Also, front part of the plate is wide just enough to offer excellent support to base of Reckless 80 bag – not to wide and not to narrow. This way, bag stays in place even on roughest roads.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Mosko moto Reckless 80

My riding buddy has Giant Loop Siskiyou bag, so I had this bag in mind too, when I was defining placement of the slots. Siskiyou’s fit like a glove too.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Giant Loop Siskiyou

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Giant Loop Siskiyou

These bags, Mosko moto’s Reckless 80 and Giant Loop’s Siskiyou, are currently best bags for heavy adventure bike with off road focus, in my opinion. Although, I must try Enduristan Moonsoon 3 too, they seem great.

We machine all our racks. Not just laser cut it or cut it on water jet, but really machine them on a mill or router. This allows us to apply 1.1 x 1.1 chamfer on all edges.

After powder coating, all edges are perfectly smooth and rounded. This is very important in the long term, as straps of your bags will last much, much longer. 

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack

Speaking of powder coating, our partner company who is doing powder coating for us, use top of the line IGP Dura-face powders for our racks, with high abrasion resistance (for powder coating). All manufacturer recommendations regarding powder coating application process are strictly followed. This is very important, because all parts are adequately chemically treated before powder coating. Also, temperature in the ovens is monitored in real time. This way, best possible powder coat is applied. Racks are offered in matte black (RAL 9005) or matte white (RAL 9003). Spacers are powder coated in matte black, for both color versions of the rack. By the way, IGP hold internationally recognized Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for their powders, which is important to us, as we try to preserve our environment as much as we can.

When I don’t need R80 capacity, I use smaller duffle bags. I always liked Kriega bags and I have several. For ease of use, there are predrilled and countersunk holes on the rack (six in total), designed for Kriega Rack loops. Loop bases are bolted on the underside of the rack so only loops are sticking out of slots.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Kriega

When bags are not mounted, loops can be tucked into the slots, so they are hardly visible, and top surface of the rack is completely flat. And to mount any of Kriega US Drypack bags or OS bags - just use Kriega’s G-hooks (provided with the bags) to connect bag to the loops and enjoy.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Kriega

This way, bag is very secure and different combos can be used – US-Combo 40, US-Combo 50 or similar.

If I am not using Kriega’s, I use Mosko moto Scout 25 bag. This kind of bag – 25 – 35-liter duffle bag, is perfectly shaped for top surface of this rack. Since top surface of the rack is completely flat (countersunk bolts are used), there is no danger that bottom of the bag will be damaged. Also, since there is plenty of slots all over perimeter of the rack, it is easy to strap the bag securely. It is OK to use larger bags too, but bags will overhang on the sides.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Mosko Moto Scout 25

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Mosko Moto Scout 25

As on all our racks, there are pre-drilled holes for Rotopax mounts. This can be very handy when there is a need to carry extra fuel or water (or both). Rotopax mount can be mounted in two positions, so even larger cans (1.75 – 2 gallons) can be carried. Mounts are bolted using M8 bolts, directly to the rack, without sheet metal plate that comes with the mount, which makes very strong connection.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - rotopax

And since I use this bike as a commuter too, I implemented pre-drilled holes for adapter kits for Givi Monokey and SW-Motech Trax ADV top cases. Both Givi and SW-Motech are selling adapter kits for their top cases. Mounting a top case is easy, just install a kit for your top case and mount top case. Installation details can be found HERE. Since rack is less inclined towards front than OEM rack, there is more room for passenger and top of top case won’t hit passengers back.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Givi Trekker 58l

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - SW Motech Trax 38l

All bikes from KTM 1050/1x90 family have same tail, so this rack can be used on all 1050, 1090, 1190 and 1290 bikes. Also, considering dimensions of the rack, using pannier racks with panniers is possible - there is no interference between rack and pannier lids. Here is top view of the rack, with some dimensions.

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - Dimensions

Of course, it was possible to make larger (wider) rack, but larger rack wouldn’t fit this bike so well, in my opinion. Also, larger rack could easily hurt a rider in case of fall. And I fall a lot, off road. 😊 After all, this is off road bike, isn’t it?

Perun moto KTM 1090/1190/1290 Top Luggage rack - KTM Adventure Rally Sardinia

Nikola Maletić
Nikola Maletić



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