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post #1 of 34 Old 05-01-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Luggage Rack - Easy DIY for $25

I could not find a V-Strom rear luggage rack extension that was wide enough for my 24-inch long duffle bag. Someone on the forum makes one, but he did not have any right now, and wants $95. I needed one NOW, so I made my own. I purchased a 12 x 18 inch bamboo cutting board from Walmart. It came in a two-pack with a smaller bamboo cutting board for a total of $17.99. They also had other ones in different sizes, but this one seemed like the best deal. Take your pick.

I used 4 D-rings I had laying around and some 1-inch wide nylon or polypro webbing. Using a soldering iron, I melted a hole in the webbing after wrapping it around the D-ring. I purchased 5 stainless steel 6mm x 40mm flat head socket bolts from the local ACE hardware. Drilled holes in the cutting board to match the V-Strom rack, put the bolts through them and through the hole in the webbing, and I was in business. Hopefully the pictures clear up any confusion. If not, let me know.






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Very nice! Good work. I need something wider like that.

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Thank you. Go check out cutting boards. They have all kinds of neat laminated wood ones. You can also get plastic ones in different colors, like black, red, blue, etc., not just white.

After removing your bags at a campsite, you can use it to cut apples on. :weapons_91:

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Not always, but sometimes, I use a single big duffel as my luggage, I always ride solo. So I tie the duffel along the rack on the seat, not across. No addition board is needed.
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Sure, it's better to move the weight forward onto the seat if riding solo. I'll be riding 2-up, and also have saddle bags.

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post #6 of 34 Old 05-01-2013, 03:46 PM
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Reminds me of the days we strapped milk crates to the rear luggage rack. Moved the same crate to half a dozen bikes.
Why did you mount it with the juice grooves down, now the fish guts and blood are going to run down onto your exhaust.

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Reminds me of the days we strapped milk crates to the rear luggage rack
I'm insulted. :cry:
This is a much better-looking solution than the milk crate carriers. I DO have standards. That's why I didn't just use 2 x 4's.

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I'm insulted. :cry:
This is a much better-looking solution than the milk crate carriers. I DO have standards. That's why I didn't just use 2 x 4's.
At least you could have used a pressure treated cutting board... :biggrinjester:

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I came in here expecting some real ghettoness.

And I am pleasantly dissapointed! It actually looks REALLY good! Excellent job!

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