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post #1 of 9 Old 08-26-2014, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Bicycle Rack for DL650 - Pic Heavy

There are many threads on DIY bike racks for Vstroms. Those of us who love all things two wheeled would want nothing more to carry our bicycles on our motorcycles for a myriad of reasons that others may or may not understand...

So here is my bicycle rack - DIY project.

All in I am under $50 on this build with NO WELDING.

Using 5/8 square tube steel i mounted a Hollywood brand "fork mount".
It attaches at the right rear passenger peg.
I doubled the 5/8 for 3 reasons:
1. The bottom piece acts as a "stop" against the passenger peg bracket.
2. it adds strength
3. I had really long bolts, so why not?


Fork mount on the bike - attached at the rear passenger peg.


You can see that is does not protrude much farther than the Givi sidecase.


Over on ADV Rider there is a guy (his handle is GrauTier) who makes this awesome aluminum rear rack.
It is VERY well made and i use it in conjunction with a custom waterproof bag i have/modified. So there's that.
For the rear of the bicycle rack i simply attahced a length of the 5/8 tube steel to the rear rack.


Using some SS bolts/washers/nylon nuts it is rock solid. Since the bike is light there is literally no strain on the rear rack, and the bike holds nicely.


The front wheel will hang over the bar also and then strap to the frame using Velcro One-Wrap (double sided velcro tape basically - its awesome stuff).


I have an adapter for the 9MM fork mount that will accept the 15MM axle on my mountain bike - so when i did all the measure I made sure that the lenghts / spacings would accomodate my roadbike, mountain bike and my fixed gear.

I am VERY happy with this build:


Some more photos of various stages:

The rear bar does not protrude any farther than the sidecase:


Close up of the right passenger peg fork mount:


The Hollywood Fork Mount is light and has a beefy skewer on it, it was $18 on Amazon. The 2 x 4' lenghts of 5/8" tube steel was $3.50, and the various SS nuts & bolts & bits was about $10 or so.


Side view - all in all it's not too invasive on the rider or the bikes overall width. With my topbag still usable and being able to lash more stuff atop that bag and the passenger seat, I am ready to camp in the woods with the MTB!


I will add a strap & a foam pad to the tube steel bar to fully secure the bike, and perhaps a "J" metal or hook on the end to hold it all in and also hook the front bicycle wheel on to. Test rides prove it to be pretty solid.

NOTE - the handlebars are about 1/2" away from my hip. if i shift my body a bit I will touch the shift/brake lever of the bike. I will probably pull the bars off and one-wrap them to the toptube, or simply loosen and turn them for any long rides. Short trips to the veldrome would not warrant messing with the bicycles bars...

UPDATE: Around town (bumpy stop-n-go) and freeway (75 mph) tests performed for about 30 mins total.
I do not feel the bike there at all. Gettin low(ish) thru corners is not a problem.
I will be upsizing the 5/8 tube steel for the back portion to 3/4" or maybe 1", jut cuz I'm paranoid.
It is a bit bouncy and while I dont think the 5/8 tube steel will break, avoiding the bounce with a bigger size bar would ease my mind.



All mounted up - post ride.


The bars do not hit my thigh, it's pretty clear and free from obstructing my riding position. Standing at lights and mounting the bike poses no problem.


Here is the rack in it's entirety. very simple and very sturdy!

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That's a pretty simple and elegant solution, nicely thought out.

I would worry about the fork mount hitting the ground on turns. While true that it doesn't protrude much further than the bad, it's how low it is to the ground at that protrusion that would worry me.

Let us know how it goes!
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That's a pretty simple and elegant solution, nicely thought out.

I would worry about the fork mount hitting the ground on turns. While true that it doesn't protrude much further than the bad, it's how low it is to the ground at that protrusion that would worry me.

Let us know how it goes!
Thanks for the kind words Broke!
Ive thought about that too, that's why it's so close to the frame.

In my preliminary "lean test" where i stand over the bike in the garage and lean it down as far as i can without dropping it or gettign super nervous; it appears that I may scrape the bellypan before i get to the bike rack. I've dragged that skidplate more times that i care to admit when pushing thru turns...

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...it appears that I may scrape the bellypan before i get to the bike rack. I've dragged that skidplate more times that i care to admit when pushing thru turns...
What brand of skidplate protrudes so far that it is possible to drag it cornering? I looked at the photos and didn't see any plate mounted.

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What brand of skidplate protrudes so far that it is possible to drag it cornering? I looked at the photos and didn't see any plate mounted.

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Hey Silver,
IDK what brand it is - bought the bike used and there are no stamps or labels on the skidplate.
I am fairly sure that it is the Adventure Moto Stuff Skidplate as it looks exactly like the plate on my bike.

You are correct that it is off the bike right now. the tab that connects to the kickstand broke, so i have it off to be welded back.

Here's a pic of a scrape after a hard corner. I don't push the bike that hard anymore. It's not an SV1000...


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I have to say, I never thought these two hobbies of mine would come together like this, that's a pretty awesome setup you put together there! Here I thought I'd run out of farkles to lust for, might have to start the list again.

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I have to say, I never thought these two hobbies of mine would come together like this, that's a pretty awesome setup you put together there! Here I thought I'd run out of farkles to lust for, might have to start the list again.

Thanks Handfield! i thought the same thing. then i saw all the different versions of bike racks for motorcycles and knew i needed one too.
the 2X2 has mixed reviews, i would prefer a lower c.o.g. so i figured id try to make a side-mount rack. very affordable and works great. i dont feel the bicycle there at all!

please feel free to emulate and improve upon my meager design! just share the knowledge when you make an improvement! haha.

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Nicely done!
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Thanks Steve -

here is a quick update with the 3/4" Tube Steel rear support.
Rode 105 miles at 70-80 MPH with my singlespeed on the rack.
I did not feel the bicycle there at all, it was stable and steady.
This is the final version and it is ready for my trip from San Diego to San Francisco in 2 weeks.


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