Mul­tistrada 950 set for tour­ing du­ties

Mul­tistrada 950 takes a full lug­gage sys­tem in its stride

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Have you ever tried to build flat-pack fur­ni­ture from a well-known Swedish fur­ni­ture-maker while suf­fer­ing from a hang­over? When I took the in­struc­tions out of the three large boxes that ar­rived con­tain­ing my new Sw-motech Trax ( Trax Ad­ven­ture pan­nier sys­tem £824.99 and top case £451.99, both in­clud­ing VAT), I feared just such a headache.

On pa­per the sheer amount of parts looks daunt­ing, to say the least.

Like most things, it’s all about the preparation, I col­lected all the tools to­gether that I needed for the as­sem­bly process and laid out all of the parts for the first job and then started calmly.

First up, the top case mount­ing­plate – a great way to start and also it helped me get used to how the Sw-motech put their in­struc­tions to­gether. Af­ter that life be­came much eas­ier.

Be­fore I knew it the Alu Rack top case adap­tor plate was on and the top case al­most falls into po­si­tion on the plate be­fore lock­ing into place.

Talk­ing of locks, all of the cases can be locked or re­moved us­ing the same key – not only very use­ful but also quick and easy to fit.

The side case lug­gage racks are at­tached to brack­ets that use ex­ist­ing threaded holes on the bike, oth­ers at­tach by re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing footrest mount­ing bolts with longer one to ac­cept the ad­di­tional brack­ets.

With every­thing bolted up and the cases slipped into place, I am re­ally pleased with the re­sult, es­pe­cially the qual­ity of the man­u­fac­ture and fin­ish

‘I no­ticed a slight lack of power in a head-on wind with the lug­gage fit­ted’

of all the Sw-motech com­po­nents. The best bit though, is the fact that the cases and the main frames can be re­moved in sec­onds, tak­ing the bike back to its slim and nim­ble self.

Dur­ing my first ride on the fully loaded Mul­tistrada, I com­pletely for­got that they were at­tached – it wasn’t un­til I hit the mo­tor­way that I no­ticed a slight lack of power in a head-on wind. The boxes had com­pro­mised the aero­dy­nam­ics a tad and I could al­most feel a para­chute ef­fect from the rear of the bike slow­ing me down slightly.

With the ad­di­tional weight of the cases, as­so­ci­ated frame­works and pre­dicted load of clothes and kit that will be packed into them, I have added some ad­di­tional preload on the rear shock as it was quite no­tice­able from the start that the back end had be­gun to sag a lit­tle. Now I am all geared up, I am go­ing to plan a big trip! Time to get the maps out…

The Sw-motech Trax lug­gage sys­tem does not ef­fect the han­dling

£1300 and two hours later and Relph is ready for a real ad­ven­ture

The top case mount­ing plate went into place eas­ily on the Mul­tistrada

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