Useful farkle, dirt-cheap... - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
DL650A - 2012-2016 DL650A 2012-2016 (L2-L6)

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 Old 07-13-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: 45' sailboat
Posts: 48
Useful farkle, dirt-cheap...

So I was wandering around Home Depot with my eyes glazed and brain in free-wheel mode, as I often do (hey, I live on a sailboat and ride a bike; invention, construction, and adaptation are constants in my life), and spotted this beefy stainless gadget in the "BBQ accessories" isle:



"B'damn," says I, "that looks exactly like the rack mount that I need to support my Kuryakin GranTour bag!" It's 14.25" x 10", heavy-duty stainless, with a pattern of holes at what looks like every 0.5" - a.k.a. "bolts to pretty much anything". Price? $16.

I'm headed back there right now - I was already carrying way too much stuff to pick up yet another gadget when I saw it - but for my purposes, and probably a few other folks here, it's as good as a $200 rack mount - and maybe even sturdier.

If you find yourself cheering over how well it works for your purposes, you owe me a beer. :biggrinjester:

Ben / 2012 DL-650A
--
Givi: AF3101 windshield, crash bars
Kuryakyn: 4141 GranTour Bag, 4171 Saddlebags, 4161 Cranker Tank Bag
RichlandRick: lowering kit, kickstand "shoe"
Stebel Nautilus horn/mount kit/wire harness
R&G swingarm spools
[URL="http://solarcapitalist.com/"]SAE power socket[/URL]
Handlebar GPS mount (RAM ball + Arkon case)
PerfectStrom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 Old 07-13-2012, 06:06 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Snohomish County, Washington USA
Posts: 360
What a great idea. And it works really well on my Weber Q-220 grill.

_____________________
Regards, MillCreek
Snohomish County, Washington USA

2012 Suzuki DL650A
Three road, two mountain and one folding bicycle
MillCreek is offline  
post #3 of 24 Old 07-13-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: 45' sailboat
Posts: 48
Multi-use - that's even better! And the soot won't even show on the Kuryakin bag...

Ben / 2012 DL-650A
--
Givi: AF3101 windshield, crash bars
Kuryakyn: 4141 GranTour Bag, 4171 Saddlebags, 4161 Cranker Tank Bag
RichlandRick: lowering kit, kickstand "shoe"
Stebel Nautilus horn/mount kit/wire harness
R&G swingarm spools
[URL="http://solarcapitalist.com/"]SAE power socket[/URL]
Handlebar GPS mount (RAM ball + Arkon case)
PerfectStrom is offline  
 
post #4 of 24 Old 07-13-2012, 07:20 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: PA
Posts: 964
OMG, it's a sickness!

I own that exact grill accessory. I bought it with exactly the same thought: mounting stuff/ supporting luggage.

So far all I can vouch for is if you have it hanging off the edge of your workbench, it makes a great screw-holder as you're wrenching on your bike.
phoenixsteve is offline  
post #5 of 24 Old 03-05-2013, 01:07 PM
Stromthusiast!
Junior Trooper
 
jonnyu88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Chicago
Posts: 7
Any follow up pictures? How did it turn out?

For my dog and my '05 Wee
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
jonnyu88 is offline  
post #6 of 24 Old 03-05-2013, 02:02 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: b'ham, Alabamie...29.4 minutes from Barbers
Posts: 2,665
Careful of sharp edges of Home-made Rear Racks........they can bite you when exiting at speed, uncontrollably, off the back end of the bike........as in slice and/or bruise your inner thighs. Not that I would know anything about that..........on a DR650........in a school parking lot........going over a speed bump in first gear (after dropping 1 tooth on the front sprocket)......and "goosing" the throttle.

www.easternvstromrally.com
Over 100 Attendees at the May 2019......already planning it for 2020!!
mark444 is offline  
post #7 of 24 Old 03-05-2013, 06:49 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
bleedgrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Posts: 859
At first look I thought that could be used for a radiator guard. Would have to look at the required measurements. Just a thought.

Keep Calm, Fly-fish
------------------------------------------------------------
L2 Glee White- birthday 17 JAN 13
Farkles last to first: MFW Hwy pegs, Russell Daylong, Givi 3D604 tank bag, Motech Pegs, Madstad bracket&adv windshield, Tuono mirrors, Uclear HBC200 headset, E45 topcase, Cree driving lights w/Motech brackets,14T Sprocket, bar riser, E21 panniers, Stich heated grips/outlet, EB PC8, RR Fork Brace, Kouba link, Barkbusters, SW-Motech Centerstand/Skidplate/Crash Bars.
bleedgrn is offline  
post #8 of 24 Old 03-05-2013, 09:33 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,609
A ventilated belly pan? The mind reels with possibilities.
notacop is offline  
post #9 of 24 Old 03-06-2013, 02:59 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 117
Functional and cheap - what's not to like. Right up my alley. I love it.
HayesFan is offline  
post #10 of 24 Old 03-25-2013, 10:50 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Willyvictor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Standish, Maine
Posts: 29
Low cost radiator guard

Quote:
Originally Posted by PerfectStrom View Post
So I was wandering around Home Depot with my eyes glazed and brain in free-wheel mode, as I often do (hey, I live on a sailboat and ride a bike; invention, construction, and adaptation are constants in my life), and spotted this beefy stainless gadget in the "BBQ accessories" isle:

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...1ccafd_300.jpg

"B'damn," says I, "that looks exactly like the rack mount that I need to support my Kuryakin GranTour bag!" It's 14.25" x 10", heavy-duty stainless, with a pattern of holes at what looks like every 0.5" - a.k.a. "bolts to pretty much anything". Price? $16.

I'm headed back there right now - I was already carrying way too much stuff to pick up yet another gadget when I saw it - but for my purposes, and probably a few other folks here, it's as good as a $200 rack mount - and maybe even sturdier.

If you find yourself cheering over how well it works for your purposes, you owe me a beer. :biggrinjester:
Looks like I owe you a beer, PerfectStrom. It looked like I could fab up a cheap radiator guard out of it, so I gave it a try. I took a bunch of pics and put 'em in an album on Picasa and Flickr. If these links work you can see them here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1143754...mRadiatorGuard
Low cost VStrom Radiator Guard - a set on Flickr


I was concerned that the stainless would be hard to cut, but a new metal blade in the sabre saw worked through it in quick order. I touched up the saw marks with a fine file and I think it came out pretty good.

Thanks again for finding this inexpensive hunk of stainless at HD and letting us know it existed!
Bob

'73 Penton Jackpiner
'73 BMW 600/5
'72 Norton Commando
'03 Harley FLHTCUI
'12 VStrom 650 w/ Parabellum w/s, Happy Trail panniers, Terry Adcox seat,BarkBusters
Still have 'em.

Last edited by Willyvictor; 03-27-2013 at 10:18 PM. Reason: link
Willyvictor is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome