Thanks for the solid info. During my initial internet searching happy tail and tourtech stood out as being strong. It's great to hear from someone that owns one of those.Looking at the designs of all the racks for the AT...... I had 2 requirements. 1) They had to be symmetrical. 2) They had to be as bomb proof as possible.
I went with the happy trail rack. Each side connects solidly under the seat, bottom front corners attach to pillion peg bolt, a horizontal bar to each side connects under the fender, and another connects both sides to each other below the license plate. My bike has been down multiple times (with hard boxes) with minimal to no tweaking. One was at 35mph coming down an unused gravel trail and the front tire slid into a mud rut and into the ditch I went. A couple of scrapes is all. I should add, the symmetrical design allows for you to install a rotopax or tool box on the inside of rack opposite of the exhaust. View attachment 53337
How did you keep the back of your helmet clean Amp?