I am posting this up, in hopes that it will save some aggravation for others who mount the T2 Luggage Platform on their 2008 and newer KLR650.
It also serves as a guide for you to double check your installation, if you have already performed it, especially if you used the included hardware.
I want to start off by saying that this write-up is partly motivated by my pet peeve of manufactures of products not providing sufficient installation material. Regardless of how easy it may seem, sometimes simple tasks get the best of us.
Also, improper instruction can compound this confusion, resulting in some serious head scratching, as is what happened in this instance.
As a mechanic for several years, fabricator, road racer, crew chief, and team manager, I am no stranger when it comes to the workings of motorcycles.
This is not meant to take away from the quality of product that Happy Trails produces or the service that you receive. I am very happy with the quality of the panniers that came on my bike from the previous owner, and I am happy with the quality of the top box I purchased.
This is merely a individual’s take on an area they could use some help on, and hopefully they will improve upon it with the advice this consumer is providing.