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Product Reviews

  • Happy Trails SL Rack & SU Rack Comparison

    KLR650-SU-m SU Rack on KLR

    KLR650E_SL_m SL Rack ON KLR

     

         How are Happy Trails SL Rack and SU Rack different?

    The SL Rack is designed to carry soft luggage, while the SU Rack can carry soft or hard luggage of any kind. In construction the SU Rack differs in that the loop tubing is 3/4" square steel as opposed to 5/8" round. But even more important every SU rack has a third mounting point for greater strength. Finally it has a rear bumper which ties both sides together. If you only want to carry soft luggage, then the SL Rack is for you. If you might want to carry hard luggage at some time, then you need the SU Rack. People use our SU Rack for every kind of hard luggage imaginable. They fix the luggage to the rack using our mounting puck system. Our mount kits make it a cinch to take your panniers on and off. Dimensions:

    • SL Rack: The SL rack loop is 8" x 12".
    • SU Rack: The L to R inner dimension is 10.5 inches and inner bottom to bottom of pem insert is 5 1/8 inches.  Although not usable the inner top of loop to bottom loop would be 7.5 inches. Thus overall outside measurements of the loop would be 12" wide and 9" tall since the loop is constructed of 3/4" square tube.
  • Happy Trails Panniers 101

    Happy Trails manufacturers panniers at our shop in Boise Idaho. We have five families of panniers and various Top Boxes. We also make custom aluminum panniers and boxes as well as some custom aluminum tanks.

    The five families of panniers are:

    • Teton 15" H x 18" L - Width options: 7.5" 33 liters, 9" 39 liters and 10.5" 45 liters
    • Cascade 18"H x 18"L x 7.5" width and 38.5 liters.
    • Denali: 20"H x 18"L x 7.5" width and 47 liters
    • Imnaha 12"H x 15"L x 5" width and 13.8 liters
    • Owyhee: 21.5-31.5L - 14" H x 16" L - Width options: 6" 21.5 liters, 7.5" 27 liters and 9" 31.5 liters

    Note: A 3/4" lip makes the opening on all boxes 1-1/2" smaller than box measurement. This lip provides a watertight seal and the strongest in the industry pannier.

     

    The Teton Panniers have two other options, Clif Cut and Exhaust Cut.

    The Clif-cut (shown below) is a term describing a 1.5" - 45 degree cut-out on the inside (tire side) of the pannier. It is designed for bikes with wide protruding exhaust  to create a more symmetrical weight distribution when panniers are mounted and loaded. For bikes with asymmetrical racks it keeps the load on the exhaust side box as close as possible to the center of the bike. This also allows for a wider lid opening.  For bikes with symmetrical racks the Clif Cut option can also be used on both sides.

    The Exhaust Cut  is a term describing a 1.5" - 90 degree cut-out on the inside (tire side) of the pannier. This option is used on BMW Oilheads.

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  • Happy Trails Adjustable Centerstand

    Who builds an adjustable centerstand for an Adventure Bike? Better yet is to ask the question "Why you would want one.?" That was the question we asked ourselves at Happy Trails quite a few years ago. The bike we were looking at was the Kawasaki KLR650. The KLR has two models since 1987; the “A” Model from 1987 to 2007 and the “E” Model from 2008 to 2017.

    We soon found through our R & D that the same centerstand did not fit the both models of the KLR, it was close but just would not work out.

    img_0034 KLR Centerstand with adjustment

    You can see in the picture above the built in adjustability.

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  • Happy Trails Sahara Soft Side Bags, A New Journey ...

    By Ed Hiatt

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    Amazing fall colors near Jarbidge Nevada

    The  perennial question do I ride with hard or soft luggage! This year I decided to try something a little different. On this trip my camping spot would be a bed in the home of a good friend. Without the need to pack for camping this might be a good time to test Happy Trails' new Sahara Soft Luggage Side Bags. Tim hooked me up with Mojave bags and the new Soft Luggage Rack to match. This was a big step for me—I've been using and selling hard luggage almost as long as I've been riding Dual Sport.

    Every year as we head into fall I start planning my October trip to Jarbidge NV, a small mining town on the Nevada - Idaho border. It has a neat history and some really great prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights.

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  • ODYSSEY® Battery Kit the cure for battery failure

     

    Nothing is worse than getting stranded with a battery failure 20 miles from nowhere. Yet there are many reasons for possible battery failure. The battery might be weak to start with. Or maybe you find yourself in conditions you didn’t expect (like snow and 20° weather when you started out at 80°!) then the cold forces a failure. Dropping your bike can can mean a worn down battery as you try to clear a wet bike or get the bike started after flooding.

     

    klr650_08_odyssey Happy Trails Odyssey Battery kit for your KLR

    We love the ODYSSEY® battery for worry-free adventure touring, and we’ve fabricated a perfect Odyssey fit for both the KLR650A 87-07 and the KLR650E 08+.

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