PRO MOTO BILLET
DUAL-SPORT PRODUCT TEST
PRODUCT: There is no doubt that the birth of the KTM
EXC dual-sport line has ignited a dirty flame in us. Having
a plate strapped to a machine that is at the upper echelon
of dirt technology has brought back some of the freedom
of exploring the off-road landscape. The Pro Moto Billet
Rack-It cargo rack is a premium product designed to help
distribute the ever-increasing load that we’re strapping to
our street-legal dirt bikes. The stock bike has no place to
strap anything down (e.g., overnight bag, sleeping bag,
tools, tube, spares); the only room is behind the seat on an
unsupported rear fender. The Pro Moto Billet Rack-It is a
CNC-machined piece carved out of a solid 1⁄2-inch plate. It
mounts directly to the subframe via girders and supports,
which is critical to making it strong enough to disperse a
load. Once you get through the misery of mounting it, the
black-anodized beauty almost looks too clean and trick to
bolt onto a dirt scoot.
POSITIVE: It offers superb looks, a great design and is
effective in the field. It did not hinder our movement on the
machine since it is small enough to be out of the way. And,
it’s very strong! Ten years ago, we would have laughed you
off the streets if you had told us that we’d be riding street-legal bikes with racks to help us carry stuff. Now, we can’t
think of a reason not to have the Pro Moto Billet Rack-It on
every one of our dual-sport machines.
NEGATIVE: It’s not that easy to install, in spite of excellent instructions. Also, the price tag is a tough pill to swallow. The Rack-It sells for $259.95.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a functional piece of dirt bike art.
The Pro Moto Billet Rack-It allows us to take the monster
backpack that we’ve been toting and strap it to the CNC-machined grid work that is so cleverly nestled behind the
We started the project by removing the exhaust and rear
fender. Next, the airbox/number plates needed to be unbolted
and lowered. We did a quick pre-fit check to see where the
mounting points would be and to find out if any subframe
mods were called for. As the instructions said, a little filing
was required to get one of the brackets to fit on the rear of
the subframe. This didn’t affect the integrity of the subframe,
as it was just a high spot on a weld.
Next we cut out the templates and attached them to the
fender and number plate/airbox. We used an electric heat
gun to soften the plastic before attempting to make any cuts
with our cutter. The heated plastic was easier to cut, resulting in a much smoother line.