Here's a link to my blog where I discuss the fabrication of the rack: CommuterNX When I'm at work, I can get my helmet (Arai XD3), gloves (2 pair), towel, dry sack, sunglasses and rain boot covers in the E35. I believe JC Whitney sells knock-offs for cheap. I have some ideas how to put a base plate over that 'rear rack'. You can source aluminum plate at McMaster-Carr. Local home improvement stores may carry a limited selection but be prepared for high pricing.