Well, now that the Spring semester has started, I decided it was time to make the 919 a little better at commuting/touring. After receiving a free National Cycle street shield, I purchased a cheesy Bilt tank bag and have really enjoyed their versatility so far. However, my neighbor is selling his V-Star 1100 and I managed to talk him out of the Pelican 1550 case he mounted on the sissy bar.
I am now trying to get the Pelican case secured on the 919. I priced the different racks available just to make sure I wanted to build my own
I mocked it up on the 919 just to see how massive the 1550 is on the back of the bike. A little large in my opinion, but the price was right
So using some mild steel thick-wall tubing, I made some ~1.25" spacers (equal length to the shank of the 80mm long bolts I used) and hacked out some angle in the band saw. After match-drilling the holes from the grab rail over to the angles, I mocked it up on the bike-
I set the bike on the swingarm stand (choked up on it so the rear wheel was still touching the ground) and took the level out to make the tops of the angle aluminum level with the ground-
Then, with the help of the bandsaw, cut the angles level-
mocked it all back up and set the pelican case back on to see it in the level position. I have really killed the sex appeal this bike has by adding all of these comfort items, but I feel they help make the bike less 'cop attractive'