Why are many rear luggage racks so narrow? Do wider ones really look that bad, or is it to encourage lighter loads?
It has been discussed that the AT only holds 10kg/22lbs on this rack. When you add the weight of the mounting plate then a top box, there is very little remaining payload; maybe this is why we don't always find total component weight in the product descriptions? I plan to mostly use a soft bag back there for both weight and drag savings, maybe a hard case for security on city tours, (a different discussion).
Looking for a rack that will support a descent size drybag of clothes/gear perpendicular to the bike so I can keep the weight forward.
Here are some of the widest examples I've found, though product dimensions are also often omitted so I'm using the grab rails to determine width. The widest, (and likely least pretty), rectangle from Hepco Becker states not for top box mounting and also has a limit of 5kg, (too thin perhaps?).
I included the aluminum color Rugged Roads rack here for comparison as it (seems) narrower that the others and more represents the products I see on the market.
I found this thread from a member who made his own very nice solution, though he is a machinist and has access to the right equipment. https://www.africatwinforum.com/forum...html#post91538
For hard cases the rack need be only as wide as the mounting bracket, but for soft bags, isn't wider better, (to a point)? Obviously for one up I can use the pillion, but we're talking two up here.
Note: prices were for shipping to my residence and may differ.