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post #1 of 12 Old 08-22-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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I found the tote I want to use so scrounged around for some other stuff and made this crude prototype of the "fish box" I'm going to make for the KLR just to get some idea of lengths, measurements and whether it will work or not. I think I'm going to forge on with this project.

I just used a single, solid piece for this trial fit, but the end product will have telescoping lengths of tube or pipe. Haven't decided what I'm using yet. The lengths of pipe/tube (about 8 or 10 inches long) attached to the rear rack grab handles with hose clamps will be a permanent addition to the bike. The pipes/tubes attached to the box will be of a smaller diameter than those on the bike and will slide into them and be secured with a hitch pin for quick release. When I'm not using it, I can just remove the hitch pins and quickly remove the thing, leaving only the two tube mounts attached to the grab handles.

Here's an overall idea of the concept:





Thought it might be an option for people who camp, allowing them to carry bulkier but lighter items like sleeping bags, tents, etc. Once you got to where you were going, you could just quickly remove it and go riding without it.

The problem with my current configuration is that it obscures the tail light. I suppose one could go with a smaller box or fabricate a kind of Z-shaped bracket that would raise the box up a few inches to where the tail light wasn't blocked. It's not a concern for me here since I plan to just use it for local fishing trips. This box is also large enough to provide another way to carry rifles in cases to the shooting range.

Anyway, it's going to be my temporary setup for times when I need to haul a little more on the KLR for outdoors adventures. I mostly came up with the idea to keep the KLR from getting all nasty when I haul fish home on it. That's a smell that doesn't quickly go away.

I usually take two rods, so on each side I'm going to drill a hole in the top front edge of the box and cut a notch on the rear top edge. That way I can slide my rod handles into the holes, lay the rods in the notches and have them projecting directly rearward where they shouldn't cause any problems as long as I'm on a road.

Thought I'd throw this out there in case anybody was interested in the idea. It's kind of difficult to carry larger fishing gear on a motorcycle and then get everything back home if you get into a Honey Hole.



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I'm very interested in this idea, for another reason.

I have a Honda CM400 that I'm customizing for a fun street bike.
Currently it looks like this (though mine's nowhere near that clean at the moment):

I'm going to make it look like this (but a different color):


But since I own a KLR650 as my main (and currently, only one on the road) bike, I'm spoiled by having bags, passenger space, a rear rack to cargo net things to, etc.
So, I had a really similar idea - I want to be able to clip on a passenger seat and/or rear rack and/or pannier to hang bags on and/or... etc.
Definitely interested in how you do this.

And maybe ideas for my KLR too!
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The problem with my current configuration is that it obscures the tail light. I suppose one could go with a smaller box or fabricate a kind of Z-shaped bracket that would raise the box up a few inches to where the tail light wasn't blocked.
How about hooking up a trailer light type plug socket to the stock taillight, so when you added the rack you could plug in one or two auxiliary taillights?
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How about hooking up a trailer light type plug socket to the stock taillight, so when you added the rack you could plug in one or two auxiliary taillights?
That could be an option. Fortunately, I don't have to worry about it. I think it would just be easier to fabricate some brackets that would raise the bottom of the added box about a foot higher than the level of the luggage rack so the stock light wouldn't be blocked.

For those already running a top box on the luggage rack, another box mounted higher behind it would also serve as a "backrest" for any items stowed/carried on top of the front box.

My time is valuable, so I've decided to utilize a highly-specialized CAD program to preview and demonstrate such a "raising bracket." It would look like this:





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I like it. Now you gotta get some fish blood in there.




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Think that'll raise your center of gravity too much? Or maybe just like having a passenger?
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Think that'll raise your center of gravity too much? Or maybe just like having a passenger?
Depends on what you put in it, I guess. I figure I'll never carry more than about 30-40 pounds in it (if I'm able to harvest that many catfish and carp) and wouldn't push it much beyond that.



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I like it. Now you gotta get some fish blood in there.
Thanks. Yeah, I think it'll work for me. I hope to get it done and out for a test pretty soon here.



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No catching 80 lb catfish, though.




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No catching 80 lb catfish, though.
Nah, I don't go after the big ones. I know people who go catch big bluegill to use as bait for the big cats. 9 times out of 10 when I go fishing, I'm using nightcrawlers harvested from the back yard that I keep in a "Worm Farm" in my basement fridge.

I can usually pick up handfuls of them after it rains, but if times are tough, I'll get out the "worm probe" which is a metal rod with a wooden handle with one wire from an extension cord wrapped around it. Stick that thing in the ground and plug it in and the worms come to the surface in no time.

I've also got a smaller version that uses an old telephone crank generator for field use. It works pretty good, too.



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