Posted by: thaaad
The rack is a purpose built rack for a motorcycle from a company called 2x2 racks. It feels very burly and once the bike is mounted it feels super solid. The pic makes the bend look way drastic for some reason. In reality it's nearly flat. Scooting the bike mount forward in the rack also makes it flatter since the fork and pedal mount both slide independently back and forth within the actual mounted rack.
It does un-weight the fork and at low speed (parking lots, stop and go) it gets a little wandery unless I scoot up and hug the tank. If I do that it's totally fine, and once it's over 10kph that wandering feeling goes away completely. It does slow down the handling a bit due to both the physical added weight and the results of adding that weight (squatting suspension, leveraging the moto back and up). The rack is steel so it probably adds like 7+ pounds, the bike is mid 30s so it's probably close to an added like 43-45 pounds and none of that weight is low.
I will likely scoot it forwards another couple inches to bring the weight more central. I only did 1 test ride for like an hour and it will take some getting used to which is no surprise.
The bike is mainly used for commuting, some chill logging roads and now with the rack set up I will be using it to get to the local mountains.
If at any point I feel unsafe it's coming off.
Nice setup. Can't you just dial in a couple turns of preload on the rear shock to balance out the weight? Happy Riding!