I bought a custom made one from a guy from TheVog.net forum. Fits the OEM Lock & Ride passenger backrest perfectly. He ships you the whole mounting kit. Very happy with it. Went on in about two minutes. And I just leave it attached to the backrest, pop off the backrest when I don't need it.
Much cheaper than the price you're seeing above, too (but still not cheap). I won't quote it because I believe Steve might be charging a bit more now--demand has creeped up for him over at The Vog. Several members have bought one.
Here's his profile over there:
And some images of his work on my Cross Roads:
I saw one of those last week and you can't compare the two other than they both racks for the same bikes.
I won’t and am not knocking it as it seemed to do the job, it’s utilitarian and ours are made for the best looks on top of its functionality. Sure, it's a viable alternative for those who can't or won't go for the extra bucks for what many consider to be ‘just a luggage rack’, a part of function only, and who more than anything just want a functional platform for their gear. My market is to those who want it a centerpiece when it’s not busy doing its ‘day job’.
The differences, and hence the costs of ours over this one you're mentioning are quite vast:
* 1/4" thick 6061-T6 aviation construction grade billet aluminum vs. 1/8" mild steel.
* AL is 1/3 the weight in to steel, 2X as thick which looks better plus morerigid and is still 50% lighter, yet is also 50% stronger in strength.
*Billet costs 4X as much as mild steel.
*Completely CAD designed and CNC CAM milled vs. just cut from flat stock with a plasma cutter or similar 2D cutting method.
*A CNC flycut face for perfect flatness and with fully CNC radius routed edges in and out vs. sharp edges with no radiusing or other work done after cut out.
*Full TIG welding of the 1/4" support arms creating a rock solid, one piece forever unit that can’t loosen vs. 4 screws holding it all together. Welds are forever and cannot move, where screws can loosen and cause rattles.
*Chromed steel, sooner, or later, will develop rust, usually starting where they the bolts go through or where they ‘rack’ them for chroming. Aluminum will never rust, period.
*Strategically placed triangular holes to allow for strap hooks, but won’t let them slide once placed, this rack doesn't.
*Ours has all SS mounting hardware included, although, but I wouldn’t call it a 'kit' as it simply consists of (4) 6MM-1.0 bolts, (8) 6MM flat washers and (4) Nylock nuts. I guess it’s a kit when it also consists of the extra hardware to put it all together.
Now, again, in no way am I knocking, as for the money it’s an alternative and I’m sure a fair value for its price like ours are. When I see a post comparing lower priced goods to mine without telling difference in the price itself, let alone the differences in the products, I’m compelled to point them out to keep all things in perspective for those reading.
Simply put, my racks are over built and finished well beyond what most would consider acceptable for such an item. Using only the best materials, hi-tech machining, and top shelf show chrome costs more, but it sure does yield a more refined product. I leave the price point parts to others, and cater to those who want show quality parts and tThere’s plenty of room in this market for products from both ends of the spectrum.