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I know this bike isn't chosen for practicality, but i'm disappointed in the (LACK OF) luggage rack...


I mean the ''rack'' on the Yamaha site is literally a piece of styled metal.. it cant even hold a bag of shopping (1.5kg max weight)..


Does anyone know if the rear sub-frame is actually UNABLE to support the weight of a larger rack, or is it from a pure style perspective that one isn 't available? Its hard to justify buying a bike (and I am considering buying one), that is actually less practical than a scooter!
Even a small rack that you could clip a helmet box on the rare occasion you might need to, would be at least an OPTION, even if it goes against 'style' for that one occasion....
 

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Never used a top box before so I have no idea how they're meant to attach. But like you said, yamaha might not provide one due to the 'style', I'm sure a 3rd party will provide one in the future. Have you looked at how they attach to the mt 07 for comparison?

Otherwise there's always tail bags, tanks bags and panniers.
I've got this on my seat: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400997721653 for groceries ect
 

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Hi, all.. A cargo net is not much use..I have used one on my current bike .. And the other option from Yaaamaha . I dont know. This link is for a rack that goes ontop of a topbox so its unlikely to work. The MT07 can take a rack, but no websites suggest that it would be possible to use on xsr.
 

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A cargo net is very useful in a pinch! Turns a normal backpack into a tail pack. Can put my groceries under it when I buy too much for my backpack. I put a 23" monitor under it the other day.

So what's wrong with tank bags? Or a tail pack? Or panniers?

You don't need to only buy Yamaha branded accessories (especially at their prices!)
Eg; I've got a £22
on my bike, instead of the official Yamaha £80 small, "come steal my tools" tool roll/bag. Going to get a tank bag in little over a week.

But if you're dead set on a tail box, have you asked a Yamaha dealer or tail box manufacturers? I've just shot a message to Givi, I'm kinda curious myself now.
 

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Hi crabsticks... Interested to see what you get from Givi..! !m just sending a quick mail to Yamaha to see if they can answer the query - if an MT07 rack will fit..... I suppose ive gotten used to a large topbox and hard side cases. I currently go around in full textiles and when I got to my destination take off my boots , jacket , trousers and helmet and can store them all! I know that's impossible with XSR, but I really thought it would take a small topbox at the VERY least for a helmet . I mean a scooter with a topbox can take a full face helmet. Cargo nets are "OK", but obviously not waterproof. The panniers suggested for the XSR are leather satchels, and again im not sure there are other manufacturers working on an alternative.. I don't know why the XSR should be unable to take a better rack... I think its been for pure style reasons.. PS I think the XSR would look crap with a box, but i'd rather it could than could not.
 

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Good Morning and thank you for your email.

Having noted the contents of your enquiry I cannot confirm whether Givi will be producing any accessories that will be specific to the Yamaha XSR700. Our R&D Department is continually working on developing products for new and upcoming bikes from the major manufacturers and as soon as a new item has been finalised, the first place the information can be seen is on the Givi.co.uk website.

With regard to the compatibility of a tail box with the XSR700, I would suggest speaking to your local Yamaha dealer.

Thank you for contacting Givi UK.
Eh, not much help there.
 

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Much as I expected! I suppose Givi and others will look at the popularity of a given bike to see whether they will produce a product. Given the nature of the XSR I don't think it'll be a runaway mass sales success (obviously mt-07 is more popular)...and given the niche market for the XSR is in the main, a 'style' conscious crowd, I doubt any topbox type racks will be made..


I'm looking into tail packs / saddlebags (waxed cotton / leather etc to stay in keeping with the bike...).. I see other manufacturers of these type products online/EBAY, and it could be quite fun to find original OLD leather /waxed products to fashion to the bike....because the Yamaha ones are CRAZY expensive!
 

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I'd love to see what you find.
I've found www.longride.be has some nice (though equally pricey) stuff. Finding a dealer seems a pain though, at least as a Brit. Might get their saddle bags later in the year.

In the mean time I'm going for practicality over style and ordering a Kriega US30 and an Oxford tank bag.
 

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Yeah saw the longride stuff.. No idea who sells it in UK, although looks good (very similar to the Yamaha bags), but equally as expensive.. If/when I get an XSR I think i'll just keep a look on EBay and try and find good old stuff that might be able to be modified to fit as saddle bags/ tail bag..
 

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Do you know who is supplying the green canvas side-bags as in the picture??? Are these Hepco-Becker? They do not show on the site yet...... Hopefully they are cheaper than Yamaha bags, and they seem far bigger - almost useful!
 

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Very clever idea. How quick/easy is to fix/remove when in the side position? How secure is it? Would of thought it better to be a little more forward so the bottom corner can be secured to the pillion peg. At least that's how I secure my panniers.
 
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