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post #1 of 29 Old 02-21-2012, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Homemade rear luggage rack

I could'nt find any good looking ones at reasonable prise, so I gave it a go myself. 3mm iron , longer grab rail bolts, and some paint. It was difficult though. The iron took a lot of hammering, and the measurements were a bitch , but I thing it looks ok. Your opinions?
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Looks good! I take it you ride around without the adapter plate when you're not using a bag?

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I don't mind the adapter plate. After 15 years of Blackbirds , Hayabusas and Tuonos, a little practicality is much appreciated...

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Best looking rack I've ever seen that's not on a girl.
Bet you saved a penny or two as well

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You did a great job man. McGyver would be proud.

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Ha! It cost me about 9 euros. Iron piece, bolts, spray paint. The cheapest I found around here was 140 euros! Criminally expensive births enginuity...

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post #11 of 29 Old 02-22-2012, 05:36 AM
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That's really cool - I love the shape that you came up with. If I need one, i'll be copying that shape.

Might want to file the corners on those tabs down a bit - they look like they could cut you up if you ended up dancing the wrong dance with the bike.

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Nice work. Racks and luggage are way too expensive. DIY rocks.
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Looks great! It follows the lines of the bike pretty nicely, good stuff!

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i really like it man

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Thanks everyone.Looking forward for the snow to melt so that I can try it out with luggage and wife.

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Looks like I paid way too much for a SW-Motec one...lol

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post #17 of 29 Old 04-15-2014, 08:37 AM
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Reviving this old post, because I like that rack, and I'm interested in making something along those lines.

Are you still out there, Memos? You mentioned it wasn't easy working with the iron. What gauge was it and did you heat it first? Would a heat gun make any difference in shaping it, I wonder?

Anything I should know before I attempt this project? I have rather rudimentary tools, though a half decent jigsaw that should do the cutting pretty well. It's the shaping that has me uncertain.

Anyone care to jump in with your two cents?

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A heat gun isn't going to do much for iron. But that's okay because you can bend iron cold. A heavy hammer will help the process along with a sturdy surface. Measure six times, cut once.

A jigsaw would be enough to cut it, but remember, be creative with it!

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Thanks, Nick! What about aluminum, I wonder. Might it have advantages besides the weight factor? And what thickness of one or the other should I be looking at for practical use of carrying about 50 pounds? I'd rather be safe than sorry.

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Take care not to overload the 919's tail section. There's not much meat back there and the cantilever action of a weighted top case can wreck havoc. How do I know?




It is best to triangulate the top case mount with side case mounts with lateral struts like so.




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Wow, Ken! I"ll definitely heed your warning about over stressing the cantilever. Nice job of getting it back to working order after what looks like a catastrophe.

Lateral/diagonal struts near the end are one way to go, but since I plan to use soft saddle bags just every once in a while, I don't want side luggage racks. Maybe I'll settle for a short top rack that shares weight with the pillion, go with soft luggage and forget about a top box.

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Thanks, Nick! What about aluminum, I wonder. Might it have advantages besides the weight factor? And what thickness of one or the other should I be looking at for practical use of carrying about 50 pounds? I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Dont use aluminum it fractures when bent and loses a lot of structural integrity unless you can find someone with a cnc to make it from one solid piece of aluminum. And as for the thickness i would say 10-11 guage iron or steel

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I used a top box twice, hated every single second of it. I now toss a waterproof duffel bag over the seat and go.





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That's the way I'm leaning too, jnich. I have a good waterproof bag so may as well take advantage of it. For heavy duty camping I have the wee strom.

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You do not have to use 3mm iron. I made another one after a year or so and used 2mm iron piece. MUCH MUCH easier to bend and absolutely no problem with any weight a back case will hold. The shape, is a bit difficult to come by correctly . Much trial and error.
Here are some pre-scetches and what I used for inspiration.

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Warning !! The scetches are mere guidelines! NOT to be taken seriously!!

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Very helpful renderings, Memos! This is the way to go, if I decide to home build it, which now I just might. The key is to not overload the rack.

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all we used were tank bags and duffle bags!
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Nice CBX, Phobman! Are those pix recent?

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