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Old 05-07-20, 06:51 AM
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Motorcycle Bike Rack

Bicycles and motorcycles have always been present in my life, it's quite possible that I have more lifetime miles logged on two wheels vs four. My childhood best friend is a machinist/fabricator who can do just about anything. When I showed him some pictures of bicycle racks adapted to motorcycles his response was "it shouldn't be that hard". As usual, he came through again and now I can tote my road bikes wherever I want to ride. I took it out last night and tested it in some gusty winds, on the highway and then some curvy roads to see if I could shake it loose; it stayed solid as a rock. During some of the strong sideways gusts on the highway I could feel it but it wasn't anything to cause concern.

The car rack was sourced from Craigslist for 40 bucks and the mount came from a motorcycle swap meet. It's quick detachable so it goes on and off pretty easy with no mods to the bike. I probably need to get some of those locking latches Harley sells so nobody can beat me out of the rack while I'm out riding. I also need to get a flag to tie on the back because I think it's state law I have something back there. After that, all that's left to do is rattle can it and plan my trip to the mountains





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Old 05-07-20, 07:49 AM
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That is an incredibly cool idea.
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Old 05-07-20, 07:51 AM
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That'll work..nice job. I think the law in most states is that anything hanging out 3 feet or more behind your vehicle requires a red flag be attached.

It reminds me of a time long long ago when my brother in law and I wanted to fish a lake a few miles away from a cabin, but had no tow vehicle. (I was a kid-ish and rode to the lake rental cabin..northern MN.. with my dad and uncle..car had no hitch) Soo..what to do? My BIL rode up to the cabin on his Goldwing..and it happened to have a hitch/1 7/8" ball on it. He was game..so we hooked up the the cabin's 14 foot boat and trailer to the Goldwing and we went fishin! We got some looks going down the road..the bike handled boat towing ok-ish. We launched/loaded the boat by hand, but we did eat fish that night.
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Old 05-07-20, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by fishboat View Post
That'll work..nice job. I think the law in most states is that anything hanging out 3 feet or more behind your vehicle requires a red flag be attached.

It reminds me of a time long long ago when my brother in law and I wanted to fish a lake a few miles away from a cabin, but had no tow vehicle. (I was a kid-ish and rode to the lake rental cabin..northern MN.. with my dad and uncle..car had no hitch) Soo..what to do? My BIL rode up to the cabin on his Goldwing..and it happened to have a hitch/1 7/8" ball on it. He was game..so we hooked up the the cabin's 14 foot boat and trailer to the Goldwing and we went fishin! We got some looks going down the road..the bike handled boat towing ok-ish. We launched/loaded the boat by hand, but we did eat fish that night.
Just guessing, but with your name Iím pretty sure a lot of things remind you of a time with a fishing boat...
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Old 05-07-20, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
Just guessing, but with your name Iím pretty sure a lot of things remind you of a time with a fishing boat...
..didn't occur to me..but I believe you're right..there was another time...........
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That works because the Harley weighs a lot. I tried this many years ago on a Honda 350 with the bike right behind the seat. The bike was a 29 pound Fiorelli road bike. It shifted the weight off the front wheel making the front lightly loaded. It acts like a lever to move the weight far back on the bike. I wouldn't have been at all safe on a wet road. The speed limit at the time was 70 mph on narrow, twisty rural roads.
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Old 05-07-20, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
That works because the Harley weighs a lot. I tried this many years ago on a Honda 350 with the bike right behind the seat. The bike was a 29 pound Fiorelli road bike. It shifted the weight off the front wheel making the front lightly loaded. It acts like a lever to move the weight far back on the bike. I wouldn't have been at all safe on a wet road. The speed limit at the time was 70 mph on narrow, twisty rural roads.
That bike/rack set up doesn't hold a candle to what I've seen perched on the passenger seat of a hog
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Old 05-07-20, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
Bicycles and motorcycles have always been present in my life, it's quite possible that I have more lifetime miles logged on two wheels vs four. My childhood best friend is a machinist/fabricator who can do just about anything. When I showed him some pictures of bicycle racks adapted to motorcycles his response was "it shouldn't be that hard". As usual, he came through again and now I can tote my road bikes wherever I want to ride. I took it out last night and tested it in some gusty winds, on the highway and then some curvy roads to see if I could shake it loose; it stayed solid as a rock. During some of the strong sideways gusts on the highway I could feel it but it wasn't anything to cause concern.

The car rack was sourced from Craigslist for 40 bucks and the mount came from a motorcycle swap meet. It's quick detachable so it goes on and off pretty easy with no mods to the bike. I probably need to get some of those locking latches Harley sells so nobody can beat me out of the rack while I'm out riding. I also need to get a flag to tie on the back because I think it's state law I have something back there. After that, all that's left to do is rattle can it and plan my trip to the mountains





i wanted to do same but lack skills to do so.
found guy who made them but over $200.00

2x2 bike rack.
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Old 05-07-20, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
i wanted to do same but lack skills to do so.
found guy who made them but over $200.00

2x2 bike rack.
That's a sweet setup!
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Old 05-07-20, 04:25 PM
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There are a few threads on bike-mounted bikes over on www.advrider.com in the Shiny Things area of the forum.
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I saw this BMW sidecar and Legnano rig at Eroica a few years ago.

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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
That works because the Harley weighs a lot. I tried this many years ago on a Honda 350 with the bike right behind the seat. The bike was a 29 pound Fiorelli road bike. It shifted the weight off the front wheel making the front lightly loaded. It acts like a lever to move the weight far back on the bike. I wouldn't have been at all safe on a wet road. The speed limit at the time was 70 mph on narrow, twisty rural roads.
I saw someone with a similar rack a few years ago at registration for a century. It was also a fork-mount rack, but it was mounted vertically instead of horizontally, so it didnít stick out nearly as far behind the bike. I donít remember exactly what kind of motorcycle, but it was a smaller sport bike, not a big Harley.
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I wonder if this would make it impossible to keep the front wheel on the ground of my supermoto'd Enduro R...
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Old 05-09-20, 03:06 PM
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Nice job. It's been done though and is available commercially, so great minds do think alike. https://2x2cycles.com/product/moto-bicycle-rack/




They also have a vertical rack.


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just don't pop a wheelie
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