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post #1 of 15 Old 03-29-2009, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Home made Rack "Part II "

Here are the promised pics of my home made rack, with Pelicans and bag fitted,
i added an extra mount from the pillion pegs for strength and also made a removable sissy bar for the bag to lean on.
I used 8mm high tensile bolts and rubber door stops to mount the Pelicans to the frames.......
while i'm here take a look at my screen, made it out of alluminium glued on some rubber piping and sprayed it flat black





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post #2 of 15 Old 03-29-2009, 07:53 AM
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Looks GREAT!!! I'm guessing you have a fair amount of metal experience? I've been kicking around something similar, and figured I'd go the stainless route since I'm a TIG welder on the side, and have access to the "stuff"..

How many KM's on those tires and how do you like them?
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Here are the promised pics of my home made rack, with Pelicans and bag fitted,
i added an extra mount from the pillion pegs for strength and also made a removable sissy bar for the bag to lean on.
I used 8mm high tensile bolts and rubber door stops to mount the Pelicans to the frames.......
while i'm here take a look at my screen, made it out of alluminium glued on some rubber piping and sprayed it flat black



Bratski this is the nicest '04 I have ever seen and I really like the rack you built.
- will it handle a 'slow drop' without bending?
- did you build a gig so you can produce more racks?
- do you have plans to sell these racks? if so, I'm interested.
- does the top rack have brackets to mount a Pelican 1550 or the likes?
- looks like there is enough room to mount tool tubes or smaller Pelican cases.
- there is room to remove the side panels and seat.
- there is good clearance for the rear foot pegs.

Did I say Beautiful '04!

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Hey Paper, yes i do have a bit of metal fab experience, have worked with stainless too and that was my original idea, but i just don't have access to a tig welder so maybe home made rack part III ? The tyres have done around 6500kms and they constantly surprise me, excellent on the tar and hard packed stuff, pretty good on the loose and sandy stuff and even ok in the slippery stuff {just ok} ..... a genuine 50/50 tyre

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Thank you Tomatocity, i think it looks pretty nice too, even though i thought it was the ugliest bike i had ever bought when i first got it home....mmmm the looks have definitely grown on me.

1. I think it would handle a slow fall without any real harm and if you bent it out bush it can be bent back into shape with basic tools
2. I planned on making a jig but this rack was only gonna be a mockup so thats a no
3. My brother and i have now made 3 similar racks and we were thinking of making more to sell but have no short term plans as yet, we really want to road test them first and see where that takes us
4. theres 2 plates on top , one i have bolted the sissy bar to and the other is there to bolt another pelican onto after removing the sissy bar { wanted to give myself plenty of options
5. Tool tubes are in the works , and as you said theres plenty of space for them
6. Can remove seat and side cover for air filter cleaning ect....
7. And i have had my other half on the back and she was very comfortable

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Bratski,

I noticed you relocated the rear turnsignals and they look nice. Should there be concern of the hot exhaust?

Not sure where you live though I am guessing it is somewhere there are 'tyres' and not 'tires'. What would be the estimated shipping costs of the rack to the USA?

Is that a stock inner fender?

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Hey Tomatocity
So far no probs with the turn signals maybe could have put them a little higher but have taken several rides with them this way on some very hot days and seem fine.
As i said before this rack is our test bed if you like ,if after a few good rides it works out ok then we may make a few more, but no plans as yet.
Here in Australia we spell it tyres and yes that is a stock inner fender.
My brother made his rack a similar way ie: same materials, but he arc welded his just to see if it could be done this way, if so we might just make up some plans / drawings so people could make there own....its good fun and you could add your own touch to it

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that bikes way too clean looks great though, Ferg
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I get that all the time fergie, even my mate's say that...... I promise i will post some pic's
before i clean her next time to prove that i actually do get down and dirty on it...lol

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thats really great! is that tubing? solid steel would be pretty heavy but really strong. I really want a tube bender.
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