I have begun working on preliminary design work for a rear luggage rack. I am leaning towards aluminum profile. I scaled up a picture of the bike in AutoCAD and overlaid the new rack design, it looks alright so far.
Photo scaling was a bit off for the overhead view, but it gets the point across. I'm not using this mockup to proof any ultra precise points, just to make sure that there are no obvious hangups to surprise me when it's time to build. I feel fine about this one, and think it will be nice never to have to wear a backpack again...and of course no longer to arrive at my destination with my fender-mounted pack hanging half way off to one side or another. I'll be very happy to have a convenient and reliable method for carrying my crap.