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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Winter D.I.Y.projects

I guess it depends on where one lives, but over here, winter = D.I.Y. season.

I've got the OEM Traveller hard side bags, which are great for anything that's expensive or heavy. But to haul a sports bag full of clothes or possibly a tent, one really needs a luggage rack.
I tend to visualize in 3D beforehand, it's cheap prototyping. Have a look at the images.

Obviously, I didn't draw the second 'leg' there, and the bottom mounting bracket needs a little bend, but hey, some things are harder in CAD than in real life, and vice versa.
4 Bolts hold it in place: the 2 rearmost ones under the seat that mount the passenger grab handles, and the 2 between the rear fender and license plate holder. The frame for the kawi side bags (visible here: )also mounts to the license plate holder, so it should all form one big triangulated box section.
It's 300x300x160mm, and I hope to make it out of 16x1mm chromoly tube - the same as the kawi frame.
The cool thing about these CAD drawings is: you can print them out 1:1 on sticky paper, make cardboard templates, and check for clearance before* you start cutting up metal.

Any other cool winter D.I.Y. projects out there?
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Does it need a back rest?

Hi Elvo

Does the vertical need to be a bit higher to incorporate a back-rest, or do you always ride solo?

Looks good otherwise.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.

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Believe it or not, that mini sissy bar is approved by the misses :-)
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