Side pannier racks and rear top luggage rack for a DRZ400

There are a number of DRZ400 side pannier racks and top luggage racks on the market, but my preference is to custom build my own. The main reason is, like most bikes with a single exhaust, many companies produce side pannier racks that stick out far wider on the exhaust side. I am not really a fan of one pannier box sticking way out and one pannier box tight into the bike, it just looks odd to me. With the custom built side pannier racks I was able to overcome this by modifying the exhaust side cover which allowed the pannier frames to fit more snuggly to the bike while still allowing plenty of distance for ventilation and minimising heat transfer between the exhaust and the pannier boxes. Not only do these side pannier racks bring the boxes in closer, I was able to set both the left and right pannier box at equal distances bringing symmetry to the bike and rack system.

As for the top luggage rack, again there are many DRZ400 top rack options available on the market, but the one below was also custom built to match the side pannier racks and also accommodates for two fly rod tubes and a custom top luggage bag.

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The side pannier racks

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The top luggage rack

The top luggage rack has been designed to be slightly narrower than the side pannier racks so the lids of the pannier boxes can swing up and open without any problems.

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Fiberglass pannier boxes

Click here for an article on the fiberglass DRZ400 pannier boxes in the above images

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