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Motorcycle Luggage Racks And Weight Distribution

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Chrome Motorcycle Luggage Fender RackHow about a nice motorcycle luggage rack for your cruiser?

Luggage racks for motorcycles are not always a necessary option but they sure can come in handy when you need storage on top of what you already have on your bike. There are many different types of motorcycle luggage racks available for mounting in a variety of places. On the rear fender or the sissy bar (backrest) being the most common spot. Now you might think " Man I don't want some ugly rack on my ride looking funky" Well most of these are actually done quite nicely in a chrome or billet aluminum to blend in to the rest of your chrome work without an issue.

So what can I store on a motorcycle luggage rack anyway?Rear Fender Bike Rack

Generally it is recommended that you store lighter items on the rack itself. Now that is not because the rack cannot handle the weight but more about distributing weight evenly on your bike. The other thing to make sure of is to see what the total weight capacity of your ride is and then account for yourself and fuel as well as any passengers. I would think a nice touring bag on top of the luggage rack for clothes and personal hygiene items are the right idea here. Store all your heavier stuff in the saddlebags or any other motorcycle luggage that is close to the mid-section of your bike. A rack will be on the back side of the bike and therefore is not the best place for weight.

For exact numbers on weight consult the owner’s manual or make a call to the dealer and see if they can give you the info. Also look for any weight capacity sticker on the luggage rack itself for a weight capacity. If none is provided make the call to the dealer you obtained it from to find out. As mentioned before the main concern on this is that the weight is all on the rear and is not distributed evenly therefore Its unwise to overload the rear of the bike regardless of the capacity stated.

If you are currently shopping for a motorcycle luggage rack MC/Enterprises and Show Chrome make some nice racks made from quality materials. My personal favorite would be the Show Chrome curved solo racks. They have a great look to them and really do not even look like a rack but more like another bike accessory.

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