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Author Topic: Tired of Staring at Bags...  (Read 1538 times)

heloego

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Tired of Staring at Bags...
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:24:50 PM »
...that I couldn't hang on the bike.  >:(
Since I haven't found a proper rack anywhere for my C5, I figured "Why not make my own out of 1/2" EMT Conduit?"
First concept was a single bar wrapped from one upper shock bolt around to the other:

and ended up with this, with some 1/2" foam tube insulation wrapped around the trailing end:

After deciding to prevent possible damage to the doghouse or mudguard, I fabricated a couple of uprights that will attach to the lateral mudguard stay, acquired a few clamps and some hardware from a local hardware store:

and contrived this:


I like the simplicity of the first version, but also like the serious stability of the second. I guess once I make up up my feeble mind I'll paint it, paint it, paint it,...paint it black. 8)
Then get to work on an attachable luggage carrier to fit over the top of the mudguard. :o
Or maybe just re-make the whole thing... :-\
« Last Edit: December 02, 2013, 02:37:44 PM by heloego »
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 02:55:14 PM »
Nice work.  I'd be worried the unsupported one with foam would rub the paint off the fender.
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 03:33:35 PM »
+ 1 on what D n D said..Did enough EMT in my life but nothing like this...I like how you flatten the ends for securing it..Saddle Bags won't be flying off anytime soon..Good Job..GM
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 04:00:26 PM »
Very nice -- I like.
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 04:10:20 PM »
Hey, excellent job. Make another one for me and I will gladly buy is from you. I think adding a flat platform across the top would probably make it beyond awesome.

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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2013, 04:33:54 PM »
That's pretty good work. Enclosing a picture of my rack which I like, because I bungee a bag on top of it, more than I use my big bags. I bought it from Enfield Gear.
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2013, 12:47:42 AM »
Oh my Craig. I like your rack (lol).... Where did you source out the bar mounted turny lights?
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2013, 12:51:56 AM »
Really nice, clean work from such simple materials :)

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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2013, 02:11:44 AM »
Quote from: Desi Bike link=topic=17702.msg197366#msg197366 date=1386031662        Where did you source out the bar mounted turny lights?
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They are faithful reproduction Hella lights (popular in 50's & 60's) I first encountered them on my old BMW's.  These I ordered from Danny @ BLUEMOON SCOOTERS in Viet Nam. They were reasonable & had long enough mounting stalks, that I could adapt bar end mirrors as well. They are still in business.
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 04:16:55 AM »
How did they mount?  Do you have the original bars with threaded ends?  And how did you run the wires?

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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2013, 04:32:39 AM »
do I see another electrician in our midst ;)

just an idea but you could possibly sand blast your rack and have it chromed to finish it off. it would look stellar

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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2013, 04:15:15 PM »
How did they mount?  Do you have the original bars with threaded ends?  And how did you run the wires?

Scott
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2013, 04:19:04 PM »
Don't want to hijack this thread. Will Start a new one.
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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 05:45:08 AM »
Thanks all for the encouragement. Once I get this thing painted (sometime in January) I'm planning another design combining a top rack for luggage. It'd really make a difference next Summer when I do a Colorado run.
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Enclosing a picture of my rack which I like, because I bungee a bag on top of it, more than I use my big bags. I bought it from Enfield Gear.
I can see why you like it Craig! I have something similar in mind for the C5.
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do I see another electrician in our midst ;)
just an idea but you could possibly sand blast your rack and have it chromed to finish it off. it would look stellar

No, I'm not an electrician, though I've done some wiring for the house. The conduit was a much better option than 1/2" pipe. The whole thing only cost about $20 in parts/tubing. The Tubing bender was around $35, but a damned good investment. I did think about blasting and chroming, but since the purpose is so utilitarian, I'll be going with gloss black and keep most of the chrome up front.  :)

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« Last Edit: December 04, 2013, 05:55:40 AM by heloego »
Rather than have a homeless person for the holidays, I decided to stick with ham.

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Re: Tired of Staring at Bags...
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2013, 02:58:07 PM »
Nice job Heloege!  Craig, I see you removed rear indicators, any plans for replacement?  I have that same rack but left it off due to indicator interference.
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