Touratech Luggage Rack Extension

Wednesday, July 31 2013 [871 miles]

One of the few shortcomings I’ve found with the new GS is the stock luggage rack. It is big enough for a lunch box and not much more.

Touratech bling

Touratech bling

Touratech bling
Rear luggage rack extension

Rear luggage rack extension

Rear luggage rack extension
Simple mounting hardware

Simple mounting hardware

Simple mounting hardware

There are several choices for luggage rack replacements and extensions. For once the Touratech solution was the cheapest by almost half over the competition. It also met my needs. Nothing fancy, just a larger platform. Easy to mount, too.

Stock rack

Stock rack

Stock rack
Spacers in place

Spacers in place

Spacers in place
Extension installed

Extension installed

Extension installed

I removed the four T-30 screws from the stock rack and put them in a marked ziplock bag. The bag is stored with other stock hardware I’ve taken off the bike. The extension plate sits on four spacers (see the middle picture) and are held in place with M6 hardware – allen head, not torx. I used loctite.

Larger platform

Larger platform

Larger platform
With Rok straps

With Rok straps

With Rok straps

The bottom view shows how much extra platform space is available with the Touratech plate installed. The top view is with the Rok straps that I always keep on the bike. Now I’ve got enough room to get that emergency case of beer wherever it needs to go.