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Lightbulb Bespoke pannier rack for andystrapz soft luggage

Having trawled through the Hubb for a recommended set of lightweight soft Panniers for my wife's F650gs, we agreed on the Andystrapz Expedition Panniers for our up and coming trip from Buenos Aires to Vancouver.

The next question was where to get a pannier rack which was capable of lasting the 20,000 miles and was sized both for the panniers and the bike, not a simple task!

Fortunately, i met Gabriel Bolton who owns Zen Overland who offered to make up, weld together and powder coat a bespoke rack.

Gabriel is a seasoned Enduro racer and has completed his own rtw trip during 2009. Having a self confessed obsession with making everything Gabriel had previously made his own rack & panniers which are illustrated in full technical colour on his website.

This post is a celebration of the fantastic job Gabriel has done. Prior to finalizing the welding and Powder Coating, we visited Gabriel once during the racks manufacture to check the fitting and sizing. The rack was posted to us once complete for DIY fitting.

Below are a range of photos which illustrate the quality of the finish and the minor details which are fundamental to a robust, soft luggage pannier rack, powder-coated black, canted out at the bottom and provided complete with all spacers, bolts and (common sense) instructions for fitting.

If, like us you find yourself looking for a rack for your soft panniers, Gabriel may be able to help!

All the best,
Chris & Chloe
www.ccgadventures.wordpress.com
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