The Minirack by Hepco & Becker offers a slim, light weight, and unobtrusive luggage solution for those on the go. The Minirack is a small aluminum rack cut out of aircraft grade aluminum with use of a CNC machine. This allows for a perfectly symmetrical shape and cut outs where you are able to...
Not bad, but the good thing about the Ventura system is that you can simply remove the rack via thumb screws when not using it & only the side rails stay in place...You can also fit a grab handle to the rails if you choose...
In all my years or riding. I’ve never heard of Ventura. And they have a USA office. I like how you can swap the rear bag behind the rear seat so a passenger can ride or over the rear seat to keep the weight more centrally located
I have used them for decades & 10s of thousands of km's, the bags are well made & fairly waterproof, but i have never been a fan of the look of any top box. They make me feel like they are something a Volvo driver would own, lol, but that is my hangup, not yours ! 😀 Most of the Ventura stuff is an easy fit and i am curious to see if anyone has fitted one to a GT yet ? You can also hang on to them & transfer between bikes because the rack itself has hinges which swing back & forth to fit any of the side rails...So you only have to buy new side rails when switching between bikes...I also use the grab handle when i am not using the bag...
In my opinion it looks ugly, like something that belongs on a scooter. It would be a shame to ruin the look of a sleek sport bike with that. I don't know anything about the quality of it, but from a purely aesthetic perspective I hate it.
The hepco becker one looks a lot better, at least in the pictures, it sort of blends in with the rest of the bike.
You dont sound like you are in two minds, lol...Personaly, i think the Hepco Becker mini rack looks far more messy & complicated than the Ventura...I also prefer not to have a rack on the bike at all when i am not using it + a lot of owners do not utilize the grab rail, so "as in the pics above" you only end up with a black rail each side of the bike & a less obtrusive look from the back, which is ok imo...No luggage rack ever looks good on a bike & the Ventura is usually quite easy to remove completely if you dont want it on the bike at all when not using it (depending on the bike model) but i do think Kawasaki have got their act together with the Ninja 1000SX because the factory panniers just snap into the passenger grab handles...Much better design than Suzuki !
The ability to remove it and reinstall it quickly is definitely a big advantage. I could tolerate an ugly rack if it removes from the bike easily leaving very little hardware remaining on the bike. Might be a good way to carry a rotopax container for my remote rides.
I had a Ventura on a Ducati 916 and it was I had no complaints at all when it came to functionality. I rarely needed the luggage and wasn't a fan of the rails being on there when not in use, so I would remove the rails.
It was just two black bars on either side of the tail section, but yeah it didn't look great When I had the large Aero Spada bag on there it really looked a bit odd. But that was only on the rare long trip that I would take.
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