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So here it is- despite some skepticism and some bad-mouthing here, I took a page out of our practical European brothers and decided to go with the only rack that is available at the moment- I am a year round rider and my wife likes to come with me- thats why the rack and a top case were very important needs for me. Couldn't wait for other brands to show up so made the leap and got the OEM rack. I received the rack from Canada (Yamaha Genuine Parts) last week- the bad weather caused from weird delays.











The rack is an easy fit- need to drill 4 holes (they are already marked on the inside) into the "rear cowl" and its a very easy plug and play. It actually looks better than in the pictures and has a very good build quality. Almost gives a long motard tail to the FZ now!




The Coocase Astra 50- I got this instead of the OEM 50L case which IMO is the best looking case there- but with less features. The OEM case does not require adapter plates but Coocase does,. Since I am new to the world of top cases (always been a saddlebag guy before getting married), I decided to test it out with a good brand for cheap. The Coocase is as big as the 47 litre Givis (2 helmets plus some), have good reviews and very cheap-I got it for $125 off Twisted Throttle (case $85 + backrest for $40). They sent me an extra set of replacement lens (red to replace the clear ones that come stock). The Luxury version was not available but it has inner liner, remote open, brake lights and a aux charging unit for around $220!! The quality is pretty good, feels durable, finish is good and is nearly as big as my friend's GIVI 52L case (that costs about $300!)- the GIVI does seem to have a more premium feel and the backrest is softer too- the Coocase backrest is firm rubber and not so comfy for the wife. The adapter plate, like all other brands including Givi, is fugly- why can't they design these better, I dont know. I think the new ones from SHAD look the best, relatively speaking of course. Once the case comes on top, it does not matter. Though it doesn't look bad, something more angular like the OEM or the Givi V47 would suit the lines of the bike better.












Anyway, have done nearly a 100 miles on this set up carrying different loads and so far in the city, I can't complain much! On bad roads that litter NYC, I can hear rattle but I think its the contents inside that are making the noise. I even carried a 10lbs+ pot inside and the bike was super stable. To sum up, I love the rack and the top case- something serious commuters/sport-tourers should look into.
 

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looks good,ive been researching this setup for my 09 to,does the rack come off easily if your not touring and just commuting to work and driving canyon roads,and want the stock look with no rack?
 

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looks good,ive been researching this setup for my 09 to,does the rack come off easily if your not touring and just commuting to work and driving canyon roads,and want the stock look with no rack?
That was my concern as well. If you have an extra 5-10 minutes in the morning, all you need is a torque wrench, a hex socket bit and you just unscrew 4 screws and you can leave your rack at home! Easy-peezy!
 

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its kinda b/s that this stuff is not released yet . i can sill wait . as it was minus 30 AGAIN LAST NIGHT but i want the bike ready to go . but i think for me the 50 is to big
 

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10 lbs of pot? Im no specialist... but you need a bigger case LOL

I took the Givi E21 case off the 6R just to see how it looks yesterday. All right... I guess if I had to I could fit it.

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10 lbs of pot? Im no specialist... but you need a bigger case LOL

I took the Givi E21 case off the 6R just to see how it looks yesterday. All right... I guess if I had to I could fit it.

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Haha, I meant a iron pot that weighs nearly 10 lbs- a dutch oven actually, 10 lbs of pot would be too much for anyone!
Since this will be my only bike for some time, it needs to do it all. I commute and I like to tour long distances- two up, I will surely need this case. The case is purely functional and I think a windscreen up front will make it look more balanced. I actually thought the case would look bigger but it fits nicely behind me and it barely sticks out (easily inside the handlebars width) and I can only see a bit of it in the mirrors.
 

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It looks massive...but the more i look at it the better it looks. It would be a ton better than my backpack since there is nothing to even use a bungee cord or net to attach a bag.
 

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As tail racks go I like the looks of it when bare. As far as I know I won't have a passenger on the 09 often, if I did I'd want a back rest option when the top case wasn't there. Though it looks like the bare rack gives a good step to stop the passenger's butt from sliding off.

As far forward etc as the mounting bolts are I'd wonder how strong the rack is.

Thanks for the report and ample photos.



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It looks massive...but the more i look at it the better it looks. It would be a ton better than my backpack since there is nothing to even use a bungee cord or net to attach a bag.
Yeah, this is something that will grow on you. I am still trying to be at peace with it! I have a Kriega 25 and though it can fit a lot without straining my back, it isn't enough/suitable for even a weekend trip.
 

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I need something just for work, but I bring workout gear lunch and it needs to fit my uniform when I change and enough stuff for a day or two of riding.


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I agree that the rack looks great!! I like the motard tail look...
That case in my opinion looks HUGE! But then again, to carry two full face helmets and then some, that's what it would take. I would opt for something about half the size. Thanks motorock!

I will be looking into this before long, as I am planning a 3-5 day trip in early spring.
 

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Without a passenger I'd rather use something like this to keep the weight forward: EVO Cargobag - TwistedThrottle.com
I would too. In fact, I prefer saddlebags because I can keep the weight low then + add a tail bag on top of saddlebags and you get the backrest this system offers.
However, the new reality of two-up touring means top-case it is!
 

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I agree that the rack looks great!! I like the motard tail look...
That case in my opinion looks HUGE! But then again, to carry two full face helmets and then some, that's what it would take. I would opt for something about half the size. Thanks motorock!

I will be looking into this before long, as I am planning a 3-5 day trip in early spring.
Thanks 3OFAKIND! look at V2Bob's suggestion.
A rack is also helpful in tying things and the sort. Or saddlebags work great IMO.
 

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As tail racks go I like the looks of it when bare. As far as I know I won't have a passenger on the 09 often, if I did I'd want a back rest option when the top case wasn't there. Though it looks like the bare rack gives a good step to stop the passenger's butt from sliding off.

As far forward etc as the mounting bolts are I'd wonder how strong the rack is.

Thanks for the report and ample photos.
They're nice and solid - just like the rack was on my V-Strom 1000. It also has comfortable handholds molded into it for the passenger. I tried to get Pirates Lair to make a backrest for the FZ-09 (It was great on my V-Strom) - but he's not making any new versions...

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My 39l OEM case and backrest pad will head here from Canada next week - my daughter's been dying to ride further with me - but I'll only do the neighborhood without a backrest for her. I like the looks better without a case - and with OEM the advantage is that there's no adapter plate left behind when it's off... Here's my V-Strom with the Pirate's Lair backrest (maybe we should all bug Jerry until he makes them for the FZ-09...
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I need something just for work, but I bring workout gear lunch and it needs to fit my uniform when I change and enough stuff for a day or two of riding.


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Plus, a top case will give you ability to lock up stuff on the bike itself and not having to carry it with you- lest someone else carries it away!
A topcase is pretty convenient for commuting in cities- more than even sport touring it would seem!
 

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That's my other ride, FZ6R. She's been good to me this pass 4 years. Hard case are nice, almost necessary if it rain a lot like in Florida. Glad I kept the 6R for rainy days... literally! LOL

This is an old picture with the Motocentric saddle bags. I have now the Givi E-21. Perfect size IMO, not too wide and top opening.




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I have the OEM Yamaha rear rack installed now. I then attempted to install the Coocase base on the OEM rack. It didn't look right to me. The plate sit behind the plate that is cast in the OEM rack (look in Motorock's pics). I flipped over the Coocase, and using a rotary file, remove the webbing in the front latch area. The Coocase base now fits over the Oem rack, and not behind it.undefined fz091.jpg fz094.jpg fz092.jpg fz097.jpg
 
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