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I'm having trouble finding just a simple luggage rack for my 2017 cb500f. Most all the ones I'm finding say that it fits a 2015. I'm wondering if they will fit a 2017 as well.
 

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I doubt it. The 2013–15 models had grab handles either side of the pillion seat, and so the racks fitted by simply replacing these.

With the 2016 model Honda got rid of those handles, so the bike no longer has the threads on the frame for those racks to use. Even if they did, the redesign of the pillion seat would probably get in the way of using them anyway.

So now accessories use the pillion pegs as mount point instead, but being much further forward means they need a totally different design.

I am only aware of two options for the bike. SW-Motech make a rack for the 2016–18 models, it is designed to mount a top box plate but as it is a universal design it could be used on its own as a rack on. Not the most attractive rack, but probably the only real option.

Givi (and Kappa) also sell a "rack" for their own boxes, but they are really just a set of arms so need one of their plates fitted to join them. And I do not think it works with a universal plate, which has a flat design that would can be used as a reasonable rack (I had one mounted on the rack of my old 125). The bike specific plates Givi and Kappa say to use are narrower at the end and hollow in the middle, so give less support as a rack.
 

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At first, I fitted a small tail pack (E-bay, $23 USD) and while a step up, it hardly had the capacity I wanted. Any larger a tail pack on the passenger seat would make the bike impossible for me to "throw a leg over" when mounting it. I had a pair of Nelson-Rigg throw over sport bags of medium capacity. these are of formed Nylon cloth and don't easily sag. The straps for these fit between the passenger seat and the bike's rear fender. To keep the bags from tilting inward at the bottom, I bought several pieces of mild steel flat stock and, removing the passenger footrests, fabricated the mild steel "strap" into braces that run across the inner panel of the bags. These do not support the bags. That is done by the straps over the rear fender. I anchored the two braces to the "fender" extension (to the tail lamp) with a cross piece and a stainless steel U-bolt. After near 1000 miles, they work just fine and I have plenty of room for a rainsuit, lunch, whatever. I hope the attachments work. I "winged" the upload as it's different from what I'm used to.

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That's some good info. I couldint really tell which racks actually came with a plate. I just want to strap a booksack or a small duffle bag to it.
 

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I'm having trouble finding just a simple luggage rack for my 2017 cb500f. Most all the ones I'm finding say that it fits a 2015. I'm wondering if they will fit a 2017 as well.
See if the ideas for 2018 and 2017 CB500F from this thread are good for you: https://www.cbr500riders.com/forum/honda-cb500f/73640-bags.html

This is how the back top case looks like in my 2018 CB500F (the right picture just has the racks and the plate, but the top case is removed):
 

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Any larger a tail pack on the passenger seat would make the bike impossible for me to "throw a leg over" when mounting it.
How tall are you? When travelling "light" I have a rucksack strapped to the seat in addition to my top box, which I am sure must take up as much space as a large tail pack. I reckon it must be about at least 9" tall, and because of the box it sits so far forward it becomes a back rest.

I am 5'8" and can get on the bike, so long as I remember to do it properly! The trick is to fold you knee back, so instead of it sticking out and kicking into the bag, it passes over the seat almost pointing straight up.

Mind even with soft panniers and nothing on the pillion seat I need to use the same method to get into the seat. Instead of the height, then it is the extra width which means I cannot stretch my leg far enough to clear them.
 

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I am 5'9" and my wife will be riding with me most the time I would need extra luggage space. So fitting luggage to the tail would hardly every be an option for me
 

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Also with the shad top rack installed, would it interfere with the passengers legs or riding comfort?
The SHAD 39 Liter top box I have on my 2018 CB500F is 100% compatible with having a passenger in the bike.

This is my top box (comes with the plate): https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/shad-sh39-top-case

This is the rack for the top box (does not come with the plate): https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/shad-top-case-rack-honda-cb500f-cbr500r-2016-2018

I'm sure if you look around, you will find the same top box + rack quite cheaper.

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Also, SHAD makes an add-on "extra rack" which attaches to the main rack so that you can fit soft panniers on both sides (looks like this also should be compatible with a passenger, but I haven't tried these):

--Extra rack add-on: https://www.amazon.es/SHAD-D0SS5SE-lateral-Master-negro/dp/B019FEWRP2
--Soft panniers for the extra rack add-on: https://www.amazon.es/SHAD-X0SE48-Bolsa-Lateral-Negro/dp/B019FEWRT8
 

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The Givi/Kappa system is pretty much identical, although their side rack is intended for use with (a very limited selection) of hard panniers.

I have the optional stop light kit for my Givi box, which I think makes a big difference. As you can see in those links to the SHAD box, it sits quite far back from the stop light that the light can be hidden from lorry drivers because of their high driving position.

SHAD also make a stop light kit, which is slightly better as it sits between the plate and box so works with any box. With Givi you need a suitable box and compatible kit.
 
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