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Old 08-22-05, 03:20 PM   #1
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Does anyone take their bike with them on a motorcycle?

If so, where did you get the rack? Google is not much of a friend on this one. The bike in question is a Suzuki V-Strom 650.

Thanks for any help here.
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Here is a picture of a bike on a motorcycle I saw at a charity ride. Looked like just a common trunk rack strapped to the Goldwing
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http://hometown.aol.com/mschue5938/mschuette.html
That guy will make and sell it to you, yeah?

I thought about doing this, talked to some welders here, but my concern was... what happens if I get moderately hurt, which I often did when mt.biking. I can limp into my truck and get home. Just a thought.
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My brother mounted a Yakima rack to his Honda 450 Nighthawk. He used standard Yakima parts to attach it. I don't have any pics of it, and he did it back in 1990/91. I remember he could carry one bike and an extra set of wheels.
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I researched this a bit for my GS recently. Basically it boils down to build it yourself. I'm gonna tackle that this winter by replacing the pillion seat with a detachable yakima viper and wheel mount. One guy who did it said it's been a very effective and stable system with no woes.
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I researched this a bit for my GS recently. Basically it boils down to build it yourself. I'm gonna tackle that this winter by replacing the pillion seat with a detachable yakima viper and wheel mount. One guy who did it said it's been a very effective and stable system with no woes.
Thanks for all the replys so far folks, keep em comming!

I wish i knew how to weld. I could fabricate something that would hold one wheel on each side of the bike using side case mounts and a something to hold a wheelless frame mounted to a top case. I think jurying rigging something using a Boa forkmount and BB cradle style repair stand and mount that to a frame that can house a soft bag for bike gear and then mount that to the rear shelf behind the seat.

Sounds like a winter project waiting to happen for a design professional such as myself. I smell a patent!
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Is your seat one or two piece?
My plan is to make a plate with the seat mounting mechanism bolted underneath. I'll then bolt the viper and wheel carrier to that. Very simple. No bike mods. Detaches quickly, yet is secure.
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My plan is to make a plate with the seat mounting mechanism bolted underneath. I'll then bolt the viper and wheel carrier to that. Very simple. No bike mods. Detaches quickly, yet is secure.
I dont know, i havnt bought it yet. Soon. (Soon cant get here quick enough) It looks like a one piece seat/pillon. There is a very large rack area behind the pillion.

I like your idea. Post pics when your done please!

I gave it some more thought and it may be easiest to get S&S couplers installed on my bike over the winter and convert the bike hard case to a top case using top case mount hardware. That way i can still stow gear in the saddle bags. The width of the bike case is only slightly wider than the diameter of the wheels which should be inside the extreme saddle bag to saddle bag width.

Wadda think?
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I dont know, i havnt bought it yet. Soon. (Soon cant get here quick enough) It looks like a one piece seat/pillon. There is a very large rack area behind the pillion.

I like your idea. Post pics when your done please!

I gave it some more thought and it may be easiest to get S&S couplers installed on my bike over the winter and convert the bike hard case to a top case using top case mount hardware. That way i can still stow gear in the saddle bags. The width of the bike case is only slightly wider than the diameter of the wheels which should be inside the extreme saddle bag to saddle bag width.

Wadda think?

Sounds like a good plan
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This might end up being enough fuss you don't use it often. I'll still have use of my sidecases with this plan. You could pick up a second OEM seat off e-bay or a forum and modify it for your use. Probably have to modify the seat pan a bit. Otherwise pillion grab rails and passenger pegs seem to be popular mounting points.
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