Main Motorcycle: 2012 Thruxton
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Other Motorcycle: 2003 Ducati M800Sie
Extra Motorcycle: 2001 BMW R1100R-L
I've been investigating hard luggage for my Thruxton over a year now & something you might want to consider. I've read about similar installations to yours that resulted in the frame cracking where the mounts attach under the seat. Seems like a cross-brace connecting the (2) bags at the bag or somehow picking up a 3rd attaching point low would be a good thing - particularly if you plan on carrying any weight. Without, from what I read, there's too much movement and it fatigues the part of the frame to which your seats fastens.
The 5 Stars side racks I had mounted on my W650 had a connecting loop that cut out any side movement low. In your case, maybe a black bar, bent if necessary to clear the tire, would help - though it would kill any quick-release.
In any event, what you've done looks very nice & I like where the bags ended up being located - far back enough so as to not be in the way getting on and off. Nice and close to the bike too. I've seen so many adventure touring bikes lately that you could throw a cat through the gap between the bags & frame.
"...I am a Cafe Racer myself, on some days---and many nights for that matter---and it is one of my finest addictions..." Hunter S. Thompson
Last edited by bluesman77; 11-22-2012 at 06:28 PM.