By: news (offline) Tuesday, 15 November 2011 @ 08:39 AM ICT
Tailpacks are only dangerous if they're fitted incorrectly and fall into the rear wheel. When attaching one, you've got to ensure that it can't move. Read these guidelines, always follow the manufacturer's instructions and use your common sense.
Never fit a tailpack to a single seat motorcycle, the tail's painted surface is too slippery. Most tailpacks have a security strap, which should only go under the back seat, never the tailpiece. Load the pack evenly, with the heaviest items at the bottom. Mounting straps should be clear of moving or hot parts.
Secure the bungees to solid points on the motorcycle such as footrest hangers, not indicator stalks. Don't hook the bungee back on to itself. Use extra loops to attach loose bungee to the top of the pack and give it a good shake to make sure it doesn't move.
If your motorcycle is dirty, straps can rub grit into the paintwork and spoil the finish. Grippy rubber matting can provide extra friction and protect your paint.