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Ventura’s new Adjustable Pack-Rack is the most significant evolution of the popular motorcycle luggage system since its launch 30 years ago.
The updated system still attaches to the bike using L-Brackets that are tailor-made for the make and model. However, the Adjustable Rack replaces the range of Pack Racks required to fit the different width and height of various motorcycle tail units.
The new Rack works using an elbow system, which slots into the L-Brackets and bolts to the rack. The elbows pivot, allowing the Rack to mount forward or back to suit the rider, bike and pack – so it can be carried closer to the machine’s centre of gravity when riding solo, or positioned to give a pillion ample room when two-up.
The range of adjustment provided by the elbow system also means the rack can be fitted to a different motorcycle, no matter what size the tail unit. Simply adjust the elbow bracket to suit the new machine’s L-Brackets, attach and position the Rack-Pack as needed, then enjoy the unique ‘slide on, ride off’ fitment of the Ventura Packs.
Paul Dold, who founded Ventura, says: “The Adjustable Pack-Rack means our customers can use one rack across multiple bikes, and have flexibility when mounting the rack depending on taste and what packs are to be fitted. We believe this new mounting makes the Pack-Rack system the most versatile on the market.”
Ventura’s Bike Pack system combines the best features of soft and hard luggage: a sturdy rack-mounting system designed to hold the load safely and securely, and a range of soft and semi-soft bags – from a 35 litre weekend bag, to a massive 102-litre touring combination – that are lightweight, easy to handle off the bike and can be easily rolled up and stashed away when not in use.
It attaches using existing points on the sub-frame and doesn’t add significant weight or width. The Pack’s unique ‘slide on, ride off’ fitment eliminates the need for straps or bungee cords, so it’s quick and easy to detach and reattach too.
Both Pack and Rack can be removed in seconds, leaving only the discrete L-Brackets behind. The rider then has the option of fitting a pillion Grab Handle or a Sport Rack, designed for transporting small loads.
The new Adjustable Pack Rack retails at £59.00 and is compatible with any machine fitted with L-Brackets.
For further details and a full list of pack options, call Ventura on 01256 704909 or visit www.ventura-bike.co.uk.
Developed specifically for the BMW R 1200 GS LC by SW-Motech in Germany, the CX crash bar is the world’s first production carbon crash bar for motorcycles.
Made from lightweight, highly impact-resistant, carbon composite, the CX weighs around half as much as a steel crash bar, yet offers just as much protection for the vulnerable cylinder heads and rocker covers on the GS.
Attaching to existing mounting points on the frame, using lightweight anodized alloy fixings – no messy metal brackets – the protectors are compact and narrow, giving maximum ground clearance. They’re also aerodynamically shaped, so have minimum impact on high speed stability.
CX bars are completely weatherproof – no steel components to corrode – and have a premium polished surface finish, so they look great too.
In addition, the GS rocker covers can be removed without having to remove the bars – a real time-saver during roadside repairs and servicing.
CX Carbon Crash Bars fit all 2013-on BMW R 1200 GS models. They come complete with all fittings and full instructions.
SW Motech have introduced some of the first model-specific accessories for Honda’s much-anticipated CRF1000L, so owners can start to tailor their big Twin to their needs.
A spacious and versatile luggage system is a priority for any traveller, and now Africa Twin owners can have all their kit close to hand with the Quick Lock EVO Tankbag system and Bags Connection Tail Packs.
With a comprehensive range of bags, and the unique click-on-ride-off tank ring system, Quick Lock EVO Tankbags give quick and easy access to travel documents, maps, mobile phones and other essentials. They come in a variety of styles and capacities, so the rider can choose what’s right for the journey:
Expandable from 2.5-5L and with a cable port and rain cover, the Micro Tank Bag is the perfect solution for short hops.
The Daypack holds between 5-9L of kit, perfect for the longer rides and when larger items like a rain suit need to be close to hand. It also has rain covers, cable ports and carry handles for use off the bike.
For the real explorers, the GS Tank Bag carries up to 22L when fully expanded. It has three outside pockets and inner compartments to keep everything organised, as well as a rain cover, shoulder straps, cable ports and much more
EVO tank rings have a slim design, so all bags sit closer to the tank, and an improved four-point mounting, so they’re held securely and can be clipped on and off in seconds.
For those needing additional carrying capacity, there’s also a complete range of Tail Packs suitable for the Honda; capacities range from 13-90 litres and all are made from tough 1680 Ballistic Nylon, with secure and stable four-point attachment. Compression straps, expanding sections and waterproof inner bags and zips also feature.
Riders can also benefit from Handlebar Risers, providing a more upright and relaxed riding position. The kit raises the Honda’s bars by 30mm, helping to take the strain out of the wrists, forearms and neck on longer runs. No modifications to the Africa Twin’s cables, wiring or top yoke are necessary and the kit is compatible with the original bars.
GPS and Mobile Phone mounts, and Mirror Extenders are also now available for the Africa Twin. More accessories will be announced soon.
Ventura has added the latest YZF-R1 to it’s Bike Pack System fitment list. The motorcycle luggage specialist has developed solutions for all models of Yamaha’s flagship superbike, since the first generation appeared on the scene in 1998.
Although the latest incarnation of the R1 is designed to perform on track, its MotoGP-inspired electronic rider aids and modes, plus refined ergonomics, performance and handling, make it an equally enticing proposition for the journey to and from the circuit.
Ventura has always been a popular choice of luggage for superbike owners, because it is designed to fit around compact seat units and doesn’t require secure strapping points or increase the width of the machine.
Unlike other soft luggage options, Ventura’s system uses a mounting rack, which keeps the load stable, secure and carried well clear of the YZF’s tail unit and exhaust. It attaches using existing points on the sub-frame and doesn’t add significant weight.
The Pack’s unique ‘slide on, ride off’ fitment eliminates the need for straps or bungee cords, so it’s quick and easy to detach and reattach.
The Rack can also be removed in seconds, leaving only the discrete L-Brackets behind. The rider then has the option of fitting a pillion Grab Handle or a Sport Rack, suitable for transporting small loads.
Packs are available in a variety of styles and sizes – from a 35-litre weekend bag, to a massive 102-litre touring combination – and come with carry handles and shoulder straps for easy use off the bike.
Ventura luggage for 2015 Yamaha R1 at www.ventura-bike.co.uk/fitments/Yamaha/8484-yzf_r1
Combining Daytona 675 performance with an upright riding position, Triumph’s Street Triple Rx has the potential to cover some serious miles, but stripped-out street bike styling offers little concession to carrying capacity. Now, thanks to SW Motech’s comprehensive luggage range, owners can choose from a wide range of bags.
- The Blaze® Pannier system uses a clever ‘Quick-Lock’ mounting rail, which clamps to the footrest hangers, securing the bags without extra straps/bungees. The rails can be removed in seconds, leaving only the discrete clamps behind. The Panniers are made from 1680 Ballistic-Nylon, with a stiff construction to help maintain shape. They expand from 28 to 42-litre capacity (per pair), and come with waterproof inner bags. Price: £190.96 including VAT.
- Other Tail Packs suitable for the Triumph are also available; features include tough 1680 Ballistic Nylon construction, super stable four-point attachment system, compression straps, expanding sections, internal compartments, and waterproof inner bags/zips. Capacities range from 13- to a whopping 90-litres and prices start at £80.08.
- The Rearbag sits neatly on the pillion seat or luggage rack and offers up to 36 litre capacity – sufficient to hold a full-face helmet. Like the panniers, it’s made from a hard-wearing fabric. Separate integrated compartments make organising and keeping track of kit easy and the waterproof inner bag and zip helps protect contents from the elements. Price: £129.35.
- The Quick-Lock Evo tank ring system is also available for the Rx. Quick and simple to fit and remove, thanks to the unique fuel filler cam mounting system, they offer extra storage and easy access to travel documents, maps and other essentials. A 12V option enables charging of Sat Nav systems and mobile phones too. Tank rings cost £24.64 and prices for tank bags start at £56.32.
- Dry Bags are constructed from tough, durable and 100% waterproof welded tarpaulin, which keeps contents completely dry. Roll and clip closure gives easy access, additional zipped pockets/sections also feature, so smaller items can be easily found. A four-point strapping system gives stability, with the flexibility to find appropriate mounting points. D-rings are also included, for use with additional straps, if needed. Ergonomic carry straps and handles make them easy to carry off the bike. Prices start at £33.43 for the 18-litre Drybag 180.
- Mounting kits for GPS devices, smartphones and video cameras – including the model-specific Quick-Lock GPS mount with quick release fastener; Handguards; Mirror Extenders plus Axle and Frame Sliders are also available for the Rx, and the other Street Triple models.
Praised for their all-round ability and comfort, Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F are set to become a popular choice for tourers and weekend explorers and SW-Motech have introduced a range of luggage options to suit.
Combining the Rearbag and Blaze® Panniers provides up to 78-litres of storage capacity. Blaze® Panniers use a clever ‘Quick-Lock’ rail mounting system, which clamps to the footrest hangers. Once in place, simply push in the rails, then slide on the panniers. The load is kept stable, secure and away from wheel, and doesn’t need extra straps or bungee chords. The rails can be removed in seconds, leaving only the discrete clamps behind. The Panniers are made from high quality 1680 Ballistic-Nylon, and feature a stiff construction to help maintain shape and make packing easier. They expand from 28 to 42-litre capacity (per pair), and come complete with waterproof inner bags, reflective detailing and an optional cable lock for extra peace of mind, selling for £190.96 (including VAT).
Complementing the Blaze® Panniers is the Rearbag, which can sit neatly on the pillion seat or luggage rack, offers 24-litre capacity as standard, and can be expanded to 36-litres. Large enough to hold a full-face helmet. Like the panniers, it’s made from a hard-wearing but lightweight fabric, reinforced for ease of packing. Separate integrated compartments make organising and keeping track of kit easy and the waterproof inner bag and zip helps protect them from the elements too. Four fitting straps keep the Rearbag secured and help stop the load shift whilst riding, and there are two backpack straps for use off the bike too. £129.35 (Including VAT)
For additional carrying capacity, the Quick-Lock Evo tank ring system is also available for the Suzukis. Once fitted, it serves as a secure mounting base for tank bags with the SW-Motech Quick-Lock Evo fastening system. These come in a variety of styles and range from 2.5 to 22-litres and 12V options enable charging of Sat Nav systems and mobile phones too. Tank rings cost £24.64 and prices for the tank bags start at £56.32.
A full range of useful touring add-ons are available for the GSX models too, including: mounting kits for GPS devices, smartphones and cameras – including the model specific Quick-Lock GPS mount with quick release fastener; Kobra Handguards; Mirror Extenders; Axle and Frame Sliders and a Sidestand Foot Extender.
Stable, versatile and adding minimal width and weight, Ventura’s Bike Pack System is the perfect match for BMW’s high performance S1000 XR. Combining a superbike engine with a dual sport chassis and riding position, the XR has the potential to perform on the twisties as well as on motorways; luggage for the XR needs to be just as versatile. The Ventura Bike Pack System has the best of both worlds: a sturdy rack-mounting system designed to hold the load safely and securely, and a range of soft and semi-soft bags that are lightweight, easy to handle off the bike and can be easily rolled up and stashed away when not in use. The Pack’s unique ‘slide on, ride off’ fitment eliminates the need for straps or bungee chords and doesn’t use a fiddly lock and key system, so it’s quick and easy to detach and reattach at stop-offs, and when the rider wants to try out the XR’s performance. When the journey ends, both Pack and Rack can be removed from the machine in seconds, leaving only the discrete L-Brackets behind. The rider then has the option of fitting a pillion Grab Handle or a Sport Rack, designed for transporting smaller loads. The unique rack mounting system attaches to existing points on the S1000 XR’s sub-frame, so there’s no drilling or cutting, and no extra tubing, brackets or fixings needed. It doesn’t add weight or width, like hard luggage mounting systems can. Packs come in a variety of styles and sizes – from a 35 litre weekend bag, to a massive 102-litre touring combination. See Ventura luggage for BMW S1000 XR here.