Bicycle Carrier, Next Project

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by 802mike, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    Not looking forward to a long cold winter but thinking about my next
    project to keep me busy.

    I'd like to build a bicycle carrier that will lock onto the ADV rack preferably
    the exhaust side so I have the larger bag to carry riding gear and secure
    my helmet while peddling.
    Figure maybe I can find a trashed bag and buy the mounting hardware
    needed.
    Has anyone built such a rack? (Yep, I done the search)
    Any suggestions would be welcome.

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  2. Fire Captain

    Fire Captain I love your Mom.

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    A buddy of mine has this for his 1100gs.

    Google motorcycle bike rack, there is a whole club out the called bike on bike... dorks hahaha

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  3. ricohman

    ricohman Long timer

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    Bike carriers on motorcycles have always looked hideous to me. And I say that as as dedicated cyclist who rides at least 7k yearly.
    To each his own I guess. I can't imagine it would be to safe in an accident though. I can picture a bar end ripping through my torso....
    But I have seen pics of motorcycles carrying huge crates of chickens, pigs, rice, families ect.
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  4. Dratharr

    Dratharr Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]Here is a picture of the bike rack installed on my 2003 1150 GS ADV. I constructed it out of an old Thule rack I had laying around, it works great for the most part, but I would hate to go down with it on.[​IMG]
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  5. justJeff

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    If I remember correctly, Longtallsally had a pretty amazing bike rack he fabbed up for his adv.
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  6. Sludge

    Sludge Waiting for the snow

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  7. sknowfool

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    Hacked this together and have put a few thousand miles on it now. Needs a few tweaks, but works as is.

    click it... click it good!
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    I put mine on the right side so that it would be easier to get on and off the bike when it is on the side stand. I like the bike down on the side, it seems to do quite well even in the wind and dose not effect mpg. I just lash front tire to the bike with it resting on the pedal, that works pretty good. The bars are a bit close to me, but has not been a issue and have done a few 400milers with it on.

    I used an old thule rack as well. I mounted the fork part to a fake passenger peg and then used the wheel tray to cradle the down tube. So far so good.

    Good luck, Lets us know how it turns out.

    who can honestly say that they dont like a little "bike on bike" (think that might be ilegal in UT?)
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  8. Grinder

    Grinder Wrong way 'round

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    mount the bike backwards so the front of the bicycle faces the rear. I never understood why everyone wants the handlebars near them when riding...
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  9. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Many years ago I fabricated a mount for my road Trek and my R65, worked quite well but I was dumb enough not to take any pictures of it. Lots of fun to show up at an organized ride, swap all of my motorcycling gear for the bicycling attire stashed in the saddlebags and head out. It was quite a conversation starter with other bicyclists, and it let me combine my two sport passions.
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  10. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    As I was riding today I touught of the same thing. Maybe have it so I can stow both wheels for longer trips.

    There would need to be some adjustability for different bikes too.
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  11. M80

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    Finally finished my rack. It turned out great. Very minimal. I can fold the lock jaw down and out of the way. It's solid. You can't feel the bike back there at all.

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  12. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    If you read LongTallSally's tag line you will find something like "Yeah I'm a Chick" :deal

    I have a motorcycle and a bicycle, but the closest they ever get to this "togetherness" is a snuggle in the garage at night.:lol3
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  13. btmoto

    btmoto Been here awhile

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  14. sab

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    Ladyboy, I think.

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  15. snorty

    snorty no-diggety

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    Thanks btmoto, this is the link I was looking for today. I spoke with Garrett Blake, owner of 2x2 Cycles at the MOA rally this year. Then on Saturday, my local MTB club had our annual Fat Tire Festival. Garrett was there with a GSPD outfitted with the rack holding a n-i-c-e Titus. The rack looks sweet, and certainly works well.
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  16. ricohman

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    Now this dude has some weight!
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  17. Shorty

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    Is that a Carbonfiber Santacruz you are clamping on your GS?
    If it is, be very careful not to crush it with the clamp. I've seen a few damaged/broken frames from bike stands, seat posts too. Sometimes it isn't apparent outwardly until the "I was just riding along" failure occurs.
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  18. RoyBatty

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  19. M80

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    There's nothing light about that Santa Cruz. Aluminum, around 40lbs. You can't beat on Carbon fiber the way we ride these bad boys. 2007 I spend 2 weeks beating the snot out of that thing in the Swiss Alps. She's still going strong. The Lock Jaw cut down works great for this set up. Easy to remove and I can put it in one of the boxes if needed.
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  20. snorty

    snorty no-diggety

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    Here's a photo of Garrett's GSPD.
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