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Old 28 Nov 2008
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Which XT600E Panniers and racks?

Hello,

Sincere apologies as I'm sure this has been discussed many times before. I have searched and hunted and can't find the answer.

I need panniers and racks for an 02 XT600E. The only options I can find that definitely fit are the Metal Mule (WAY too expensive) and the Touratech (FAR too expensive).

The H&B or Alpos panniers from SW Motech would be more my sort of budget, but everyone I've called says there are no racks for the XT600, only the XT660.

Someone here must have been through this before and know a rack and pannier system that fits the 600E, doesn't break the bank, is sturdy "enough", is currently available and doesn't require me to learn to weld....

Definitive answers would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
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Hey, there! 'Till june I rode a XT600E '03 and it did have a pannierrack from Hepco&Becker with Alu Standard panniers(which I fitted now on my XT660Z Tenere). To my knowledge there's still a rack available for the XT: try Hepco & Becker and KEDO - Performance Products . At kedo you can order the rack online, delivery(when in stock) within a week. The rack costs 179,- euro's, panniers 429,- euro's for a set(right 37lt, left 43lt). Hope this helps you, greetz, Hans.
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im sure you can fit most cases to most racks with a universal fitting kit. they are pretty standard, with usually either 18mm or 15mm tubing. just have a look at this;
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panniers

hi todderz you are in the same situation i was in, looking for some panniers that did not cost the earth, i bought two 25 litre ammo crates cost £15 each steel construction overcentre lock down lids waterproof ,bomb proof,africa proof, i had 25 crashes london to capetown and the only thing damaged was my pride !!, imade all the mounts up out of steel tube, only down side is they are a bit heavy , but thats the trade off , if you are interested i may be able to email some photos so you can get some idea as to how they look, good luck, freddy
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Or post them here - I'm sure I'm not the only one wheo would be interested.
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Hey, there! 'Till june I rode a XT600E '03 and it did have a pannierrack from Hepco&Becker with Alu Standard panniers(which I fitted now on my XT660Z Tenere). To my knowledge there's still a rack available for the XT: try Hepco & Becker and KEDO - Performance Products . At kedo you can order the rack online, delivery(when in stock) within a week. The rack costs 179,- euro's, panniers 429,- euro's for a set(right 37lt, left 43lt). Hope this helps you, greetz, Hans.

Very many thanks indeed! I have just ordered a rack and panniers from KEDO - hopefully the right ones, my German doesn't extend to knowing the difference between gepacktrager and koffertrager....

Still not all that cheap but certainly more realistic then Metal Mule, for which I would need to win the lottery...

One problem solved. I'll be back before long with the next one!

Once again - Thank you!
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Glad I could help! Gepäckträger is luggagerack and Kofferträger is pannierrack, as you may have noticed by the price difference. Did you also order the alu panniers? Anyway, good luck with your new stuff and ride safe. Greetz, Hans.
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OK, so I have what looks like a left hand pannier rail, a right hand pannier rail, a brace to connect right with left, and a rear rack. I have two aluminium panniers, and I have 3 bags of assorted screws, nuts, bolts, washers and various unidentifiable metal parts. I have a piece of paper with a diagram of something unfathomable, and a piece of paper with some German words written on it.

I also have a headache.

How the hell does this stuff all fit together? The bit that has me most stumped of all is how to attach the panniers to the rack. There is a lockable hinge kind of thing on the pannier. The pannier seems to sit loosely against the pannier rail, but at the "locking" end nothing fits. I have a couple of wedge shaped pieces of metal and the diagram seems to suggest it all fits together somehow but I can't figure it out at all. The metalwork of the rack seems to be in the way of where these metal wedges are supposed to go.

If anyone can help I will be forever in your debt! Anyone have any idea what I'm going on about?

Help!!! Aaaarrrggghhh!
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Right, discovered that it's a lock plate fitting kit, as shown. But I can't figure out how to fit it.

Anyone seen this before?
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Yep, these are the spacers, which gotta be mounted at the rear of the rack to fit the alu panniers(and their locks to secure them to the rack). The alu panniers seems to be a tad longer then the plastic(Junior etc) cases, so you'll need the spacers. If you got problems with the manual in German, send me a copy and I'll translate it for you(I lived in Germany for 8years, so that won't be a problem). Or you can send an e-mail to Kedo for an translation, they're very helpful people. Let me know, greetz, Hans.
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Right, it's umm, well, it's, umm, actually it's kind of simple, if you look at it the, umm, well, er, the right way up......

Doh!

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Hmm, problem.

The rack doesn't seem to fit. You can see in these pictures that the front end of the rack is several inches wider than the bike. The only way of fixing it would be with very long bolts, and that can't be very solid.

Any ideas? Have I been given the wrong rack, have I got it in the wrong position, or is there some other way you're meant to fix it?


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Hi Al

Its designed to fit on the outside of the pillion grab rails

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Doh!

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Hi fella,
Hope you're enjoying your XT? I'm in the same boat that you were in! Could you list exactly what items you ordered so that I can follow suit? Many thanks!
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