Wow those came out really nice, right along the lines of what I'm wanting to do as well. I think making my own rack would be a lot of fun and allow for some personalization to fit my needs Just got back from my 1st test ride outside the neighborhood up some dirt roads. I've been a little weary gaining trust with a new bike, learning it's ins and outs making sure everything's solid. So far though the engine starts right up, idles good and pulls strong. No major leaks although a couple seeping leaks that are pretty minor and easy to fix Really the only issue I've discovered so far was I was hearing this weird noise while riding and it turned out my starter was stuck turned on. I think it drained my battery cause it was only at 8 volts when I got home (had it topped off a couple day before). Hopefully it's just the starter issue causing the low battery and not a problem charging (going to dissassemble the switch and renew with electronic cleaner). The previous owner said he did a mod so that it can run without the battery cause he got stranded once due to a battery terminal breaking on him out in the desert (if anyone has info on this mod I'd like to know more about it) All in all though I'm freaking loving this bike. It's a huge upgrade in power from my previous '83 Honda XL200R. Also liking the grip warmers, oversized tank and race tech front suspension upgrade. Put some fresh oil in it the other day and will be getting a new chain pretty soon. Once it's fitted for some luggage, new chain and AUX lights I'm looking to do some really fun road trips this upcoming spring! For $1,300 (he was asking $1.8k) I think I got a pretty good deal!