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Old 06-09-08, 11:00 AM   #1
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Motorcycle Bicycle Rack

Does anyone have any additional ideas on designing a bicycle rack for my motorcycle? There are racks 1 that are made for motorcycles for carrying bicycles, but they don't work since my motorcycle has saddle bags. I have come up with a design that I have rough sketched.

Another thought I have had would be to use the Yakima Boa carrier. With that, I could extend on foot peg out to hold the rear skewer and the run a bar connected to a plate, secured by straps, on the passenger seat, up to attach the front wheel with the front wheel skewer. This design would only requiring modifying the one skewer and constructing the plate, front wheel skewer bracket.

Any additional thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

This was the original design I thought about, until I thought about the one in the second paragraph:
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There isn't much out there, from what I've seen. Aside from the two you've posted, I recently came across the Johnny Rack, which seems to be more similar to what you're thinking, but they don't seem to make a model for anything remotely cruiser-ish.

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I talked to one of the engineers at the firm I work at and he suggested that I take both wheels off the bike, Giant Trance 2, and then mount the frame of the back of the motorcycle with the wheels connected to the frame of the bike. He said the frame itself should not be much wider than my motorcycle with the saddle bags.

I think he might be correct. I can create a mount to be supported under the seat to protrude out the back and then with support arms.
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Does anyone have any additional ideas on designing a bicycle rack for my motorcycle? There are racks 1 that are made for motorcycles for carrying bicycles, but they don't work since my motorcycle has saddle bags. I have come up with a design that I have rough sketched.

Another thought I have had would be to use the Yakima Boa carrier. With that, I could extend on foot peg out to hold the rear skewer and the run a bar connected to a plate, secured by straps, on the passenger seat, up to attach the front wheel with the front wheel skewer. This design would only requiring modifying the one skewer and constructing the plate, front wheel skewer bracket.

Any additional thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

This was the original design I thought about, until I thought about the one in the second paragraph:
I've only seen a few, and they all seemed home made. And none of them were for a cruiser. The one of the Duc sure looks sweet though....
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Ricky K. of San Francisco has done some really crazy stuff. He had a post up in the tandem forum a few weeks ago: Hauls a MTB tandem, himself, and the stoker on a BMW oilhead.

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I am nearing being finished with the mount. Here is how I am doing it. I created a steel plate that is attached to the passenger seat via straps. I then disassembled a Yakima raptor bike rack and put the portion that the bike forks mount to on the steel plate. For the back, I created a triangular mount. The tail lights are attached to a very strong steel mount. I cut two 1/4" cross beams to come up from the fender mount to the bike rack. The beam attached to the cross beams connects to the plate sitting on the passenger seat The back portion of the raptor rack then attaches to this beam. The two cross beams are connected by rods in between. Those rods also serve as connectors for the ratchet straps going to the bike's axle. As a backup measure in case the light mount was to break and to also take off some pressure on it, I mounted another chromed bracket on the fender that supports a support beam coming down from the beam that holds the bike.

The last thing I need to do is to take the mounts in to have them powder coated for rust prevention. I wanted it chromed, but the price to chrome all of this was prohibitive.

One note, I did put the two main support beams further apart for more stability.
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I have mainly finished the mounts. I took it out today and it held up like a champ. I have the last finishing things to do, but I will post a picture of it tomorrow. It was already dark by the time I finished it tonight.
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I have mainly finished the mounts. I took it out today and it held up like a champ. I have the last finishing things to do, but I will post a picture of it tomorrow. It was already dark by the time I finished it tonight.

pletcgm, can you post pics of yours? is it working well?

Here's mine:



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