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Talking Custome Made Luggage Rrack

Well now that Dad and I have twins (The Versys) we are planning big trips with them and prepping the bikes for the road. The first part we are working on is to make a luggage rack. Well my dad owns a fab shop and we are able to make them instead of buy the things. Also he likes his design a little better since the luggage will be over the seat instead of hanging off the back of the bike, it will help the balancing of the bike. Now this is just a rough design and will need a little more work but later we are going to have a way to have an adjustable backrest mounted on the rack its self. The seat IS removable and the only draw back would be no girls aloud on the bike . Well that may not be a draw back because my bag wont complain about things

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minus the loss of the pillion seat, that is an excellent looking rack.
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Yeah, I think I like it. I was wishing the back part of the seat was removable anyway so more stuff could be piled on. This looks like a good option.

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Nicely done!
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I was going to say that looks like a "cruel seat", but looks great as a luggage rack!

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Looks great. I agree with having the rack over the bike instead of in the back. I also think that your design would work with the Givi side racks as is.

Any plans on making more and selling them?
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Looks great! Ditto on making more for sale...
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Looks great. I agree with having the rack over the bike instead of in the back. I also think that your design would work with the Givi side racks as is.

Any plans on making more and selling them?
Thanks! Dad and I are thinking of selling it, but before we sell it, we need to perfect the design a little more like making the seat more easy to remove. We also have a few more aftermarket parts planed for the V. I will let yal know when we are ready to sell the racks!
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Bump for this thread Zman. I just returned from my 1st trip on the Versys and this is exactly what I need. Anything to report yet? Do you think the mounting points are able to support enough weight for camping gear?

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Bump for this thread Zman. I just returned from my 1st trip on the Versys and this is exactly what I need. Anything to report yet? Do you think the mounting points are able to support enough weight for camping gear?
Thanks for the bump! Nothing to report yet since I've been busy with school, a traffic ticket (yes I was on the V), and about to graduate and with dad's business is starting to pick up, we have had little time to improve on it. Any way, the mounting points defiantly should be able to hold 40 to 50 lbs easily. In fact since it utilizes the same mounting points that the handles a 150~110lbs girl would use, and that the handles are mounted directly to the main frame/ sub frame where most of the weight of a passenger is distributed, theoretically, you could put the same amount of weight on the rack that a passenger would have all though it may warp the rack. I guess a good test would be for me to stand on one while dad drives the bike lol... I don't think I would stick more than 50 lbs on it even if the rack could handle 150 lbs.
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A guy on the British forum posted something similar with a Givi top box.

Worth a look.

http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...1&topic=5561.0
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Givi makes them. http://www.giviusa.com/caschi_borse_...asp?CO_ID=9610

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I think that tooCanad was talking about the rack on the bike, not the one on the top box...

It would be nice if the rack can be made to somehow accept the Givi, SW plates...
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Thanks. Now I see what you mean.

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I think that tooCanad was talking about the rack on the bike, not the one on the top box...

It would be nice if the rack can be made to somehow accept the Givi, SW plates...
The link was to a similar over the seat rack that has a Givi topbox mounted on it. The Givi box also has a rack on top of it. The link was more for the over the seat mount.
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Hey Zman,

any development on the rack???
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I made this rack , used the mounting bars for the Givi top box and put the piece of aluminum plate on them. I mounted the grab handles on the sides to give some side support and provide a place for bungee cords.

I still can use the seat for passenger or, mostly to carry the tail bag. Still leaves me plenty of room for carrying other stuff.






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Looks like a nice setup August.
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Talking Over the seat luggage rack

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I sure liked his over the seat rack.
Hopefully something similar to this rack comes along!
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