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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2019, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Attaching a surfboard to the V Strom

I know I know, this sounds ridiculous. But I plan on surfing down the coast of the Baja Peninsula, and I don't want to rent everywhere I go.

My plan is to buy one, strap it on while continuing down the peninsula, and sell it when I move to the mainland.

I don't plan on speeding at all with the board strapped on, just a means to slowly get around and keep the surfboard secure. I have ratchet straps I can use to secure it to the hangers.

I found these hangers that will hold up to 45 pounds, so these should do the trick


The attached images might help a little bit.

Here are my questions:


How can I attach the rear hanger securely to the saddlebag without drilling fresh holes into it?

How can I space the front hanger out from the engine guard and still allow it to hold the weight.


Honestly, I'm open to any suggestions about spacing, mounting, anything really.


Thanks!
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how long is your surfboard? I would not say that It could not be done. I would want it close to the bike with one saddle bag outboard of the surfboard. or just go with a top box and leave the saddlebags off.
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how long is your surfboard? I would not say that It could not be done. I would want it close to the bike with one saddle bag outboard of the surfboard. or just go with a top box and leave the saddlebags off.
Unfortunately I'm already on the road and cannot leave the saddlebags anywhere.

I do not have a surfboard yet, I am going to buy one when I get down to Baja that will fit on the bike

One thought I had was to take the saddlebag in the picture, and just put it on the back seat. That would leave room for the surfboard. HOWEVER, this would mean I could not squeeze my leg through there to have it sitting on the peg

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Don't over think it

Done this many times on trail bikes.... Put the board in a travel bag with a strap over the shoulder... Nose forward pointing OUTWARD, meaning facing away from you, specially with modern boards with kicked up noses.. Don't want the nose clipping the front wheel... Also a short strap from the nose to front fork, "or maybe crash bar," leave this strap loose enough to get full travel of the turning forks... This stops the board from flailing around in the wind at speed...
Biggest board I carried like this was 6'10", no probs at all....
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Do a image search for "Surfboard on motorcycle". You will see a lot of them. You will notice that the brackets they use are shaped like a "U" not an "L".
I'm pretty sure that I recognize the brackets you have. In my opinion, NOT strong enough and, as mentioned, the wrong shape.

You can make it work. Just don't rely on smooth roads. Make sure your saddle bag mount is mighty strong.
You might also consider making the board into a trailer with clamp on wheels and tongue by shopping in the garden department of Home Depot.

Go for it / send photos.
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Do a image search for "Surfboard on motorcycle". You will see a lot of them. You will notice that the brackets they use are shaped like a "U" not an "L".
I'm pretty sure that I recognize the brackets you have. In my opinion, NOT strong enough and, as mentioned, the wrong shape.

You can make it work. Just don't rely on smooth roads. Make sure your saddle bag mount is mighty strong.
You might also consider making the board into a trailer with clamp on wheels and tongue by shopping in the garden department of Home Depot.

Go for it / send photos.

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Hey ppanopoulos,

my boys ride around town on their stepthrough with board racks and if I was you I'd be interested in a sort of trailer setup with big wheels from a push bike.

I won't go on the highway with my board in a bag over my shoulder to my favourite breaks.
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OP: you will 100 percent eat dirt if you try this.
May not be the first time, may not even be the second time but you will. eat. dirt.
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I'm gonna drive down to Starbucks with one of those!! Cool

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