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Old 06-07-2011, 06:06 AM   #781
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looks good do you have a pic with the rack on the bike with out luggage
I have these ones:



and:


I hope these are clear enough?
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:59 AM   #782
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Very nice! did you spray paint them to add the silver touch ?
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:46 AM   #783
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Very nice! did you spray paint them to add the silver touch ?
No, not spray paint. Because it is a non-ferro metal, I needed to first apply a layer of non-ferro primer, which I did. Then, I used Hammerite strait on the primer, in 2 layers, applied by simple brush.
Hammerite is a product with tiny glass pieces in it which formes a very hard surface and can even be applied directly on rust. I believe you have a similar product called Rustoleum.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:41 AM   #784
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Nicely done SimplyRed.

I second that!

I considered doing something similar, but wasn't sure if there would be corrosion problems between the cooper and steel. Update us when you can. Cheers!
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:12 AM   #785
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So on my last two trips loaded with camping gear, I have noticed that my exhaust is melting it's way through my side panel with the free set of wolfman panniers I got strapped on.

Since I'm a grad student living on a shoestring budget, I turned to the aisles of my local hardware store and built a little PVC rack to get the bags off the panel. I'll attach the back part of the rack with two u-bolts through the fender, but the system basically relies on the weight of the bags and the built in wolfman attachment system to keep it down. Should be pretty decent for 15 bucks...


Before I modified the design and glued it all together, I just threw the bags on top (unstrapped) to make sure everything will fit.


I wound up adding the crossbrace that runs up the seat a bit to give it more torsional rigidity, and to help distribute the weight more onto the seat/ subframe, and less on the flimsy fender. With just the bags noticed I have had no issues with the subframe/ fender, and the new rack pretty much lets the bags mount exactly as they did before.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:40 AM   #786
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Built my own givi side brackets from leftover stuff lying around. I had the square rectangle part from a rack for an SV650 I used to have:



Built a trunk rack thing to hold my camping gear:




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Old 06-09-2011, 12:01 PM   #787
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{GPS Mount with $1 home made sun screen. I used a plastic folder from Staples and a few inches of black velcro. It works better than the aftermarket ones because it is twice as deep, and blocks more sun.}

I think I'll steal that one. Nice!
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:03 PM   #788
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I love all the cool ideas in this thread; keep 'em coming!
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #789
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Built my own givi side brackets from leftover stuff lying around. I had the square rectangle part from a rack for an SV650 I used to have:

That is awesome. All the weight is down low - much better than a top box- although it probably gets gunked up pretty bad with road dirt.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:04 AM   #790
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That is awesome. All the weight is down low - much better than a top box- although it probably gets gunked up pretty bad with road dirt.
My only concern is that it sticks further out the back, essentially throwing off the front/rear weight bias. It could make the front too light and unstable if loaded heavy at all.

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #791
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I'm wondering if the MAN doesn't like that your license plate is now completely blocked!


looks like an awesome job though!
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:52 AM   #792
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I'm wondering if the MAN doesn't like that your license plate is now completely blocked!


looks like an awesome job though!
Umm, yeah? What do you do about the license plate?
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:13 PM   #793
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Going to go out on a limb and say he probably relocates it :P Unless this is his bat mobile?!
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:44 PM   #794
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Going to go out on a limb and say he probably relocates it :P Unless this is his bat mobile?!
Probably relocating the plate to the back of the box.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:50 AM   #795
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Possible cheap top case

I stumbled across some reasonably priced boxes that aren't as good as Pelicans, but still might suffice. I haven't seen one in person.

http://www.sciplus.com/recommend.cfm/recommendid/15855

$22.50 each. The best part? These were originally "Equine Semen Transporters". I shit you not.

I wrote them and asked how strong they were, and whether or not they were waterproof. This is the reply:

Thanks for the inquiry. It is a very strong case. It would support the weight of a full size adult however the plastic latches are a little suspect for heavy duty applications. It is plastic so it would be water resistant however it isn’t gasketed so it would not be water proof. I am not familiar with the Pelican cases. Hope this info helps.
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