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Africa Twins Only - CRF1000 Engineered Enhancements

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by spartanman, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. dirtybikefrank

    dirtybikefrank Beast wrestler

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    Great! Sounds like the projects almost completed!

    Now how about a tail tidy along the lines of the Rottweiler set up for the KTM 9X0?! I'd be in for one of those too.
  2. arrcrussell

    arrcrussell Gimme Dirt

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    It will be slightly heavier than the stock rack.
  3. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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  4. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    Thanks for your patience. The pre-production prototype is done and we’re ready to make production racks! Other than the production-style tubular grab handles, which were prohibitively expensive for a single pair, this prototype incorporates all features of the production rack:

    + Bolt-on replacement for OEM rack

    + Precision, all stainless-steel construction

    + Pockets to accommodate OEM and aftermarket pannier racks

    + Removable grab handles

    + Pre-drilled for OEM and aftermarket top case mounts

    + Pre-drilled for Roto Pax mount

    + Four 2-hole M8 threaded interfaces for attaching soft-pannier racks and other accessories

    + Four M8 threaded bushings for mounting accessories in the passenger seat location

    + Attachment hardware included

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    For this first run only, the cost is $395 + shipping. We’re barely covering our expenses at this price point so the selling price will go up a bit for future production. From now until midnight on April 3rd, 2017, we will be accepting 50% pre-order down payments of $200. We’re set up for PayPal now and will post a mailing address for checks and money orders in the next couple days. We need a minimum of 20 pre-orders to make this go. We’ll post a running tally of pre-order count in this thread to keep you in the loop. Should we fail to reach 20 pre-orders within the allotted time, deposits will be fully refunded. Otherwise, expect delivery in 5 to 6 weeks after close of the pre-order window. Racks must be paid for in full prior to shipping.

    Thanks all!

    spartanman
    arrcrussell

    Email address for PayPal down payments: ATO.rideon@gmail.com
    Mailing address for checks and money orders:
    ATO
    27300 Center Ridge Rd
    PO Box 450672
    Westlake, OH 44145
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  5. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    We ran a very basic load test of the ATO rack for comparison with the OEM unit. The bike is rigidly supported on the garage floor by a stand with the rear wheel off the floor so suspension sag doesn’t contribute to the measured deflection. A dial indicator with a magnetic-base mount is stuck to a metal plate clamped to a ladder. The indicator probe touches the rack lower surface near the rear edge. After zeroing the probe, we added a total of 30 lb, then 60 lb and measured deflection.
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    The results:

    OEM Rack
    Load (lb) Deflection (inches)
    0 0.000
    30 0.072
    60 0.180

    ATO Rack
    Load (lb) Deflection (inches)
    0 0.000
    30 0.060
    60 0.165

    Just a note about strength of the ATO rack: Our main goal was to make a rack with removable hand rails, weigh about the same as the OEM rack (the ATO rack is 3 lb heavier than the OEM rack), and be at least as strong. We believe we’ve accomplished all this. For those who have inquired about the ATO rack’s capabilities supporting a top box; we make no claim that our rack is stronger or more durable than the OEM rack. We do not want to create false expectations that the ATO rack can handle large, over-loaded top boxes or those subjected to extreme off-road conditions.
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  6. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    Design and fabrication is a bitch. Most people dont realize what goes into building improvements for adventure motorcycles. Great job!

    I'm working a triples for the AT that will allow easy installation of upper fender conversions. In the same process of testing and costing before I let them go. Like you....close.
    Keep it going. I've got my cash in hand ready for some real world testing.

    Jerry
  7. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    Thanks, Jerry. It took us over a year to get to this point. We look forward to your feedback after you install the ATO rack and try it out. Best of luck with your project.
  8. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na? Supporter

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    Hi very much looking forward to getting my grubby paws on the rack and to giving you some more money! :D Great job!

    MK.
  9. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    Here's a video showing how to install the ATO rack. Fortunately we're better at engineering design than videography...


    A video highlighting features:


    And a video showing how throw-over luggage fits the ATO rack:
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  10. spartanman

    spartanman regret minimizer

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    We have our first pre-order! Thank you! 19 more to go...
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  11. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    Just watched the video. Excellent. You guys have done an amazing job. Deposit completed.
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  12. DeathDuck69

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    What's the chance u have a 3gallon rotopax tank u could throw on the new rack and post some pics??????
    I measured the tank would go towards the passenger seat 6 inches and hang off the back about 6 inches, unsupported.

    That's the tank I currently have mounted on my promoto billet rack on the back of my DRZ400s, with some modifications welded up on the subframe to tolerate the weight.
    Amazing job with your rack. Thank you for all your work and expertise.
  13. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    What do you need for a pre order?
  14. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na? Supporter

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    Here you go. $200.00 down payment.
  15. spartanman

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    For reference, a mounted 2 gallon Roto Pax tank sits completely behind the passenger seat. In other words, a passenger can ride without bumping their back into the Roto Pax tank. Thanks for the kudos.
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    Our second pre-order came in last night. Thank you! 18 more to go...
  17. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    Deposit in. Thanks.

    One note: I want mine satin black, so I intend to powdercoat it, but if you wanted to charge me a bit extra to have it powdercoated satin black and skip your finish, that'd work too.
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  18. spartanman

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  20. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    Since being able to remove the grab handles is probably the biggest plus of your design, how would your rack do on this strength test without the grab handles installed?