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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone recomend a rack

I am looking for a luggage rack to replace the stock rack. With the price of gas ,plan on using the bike more for primary transport and the stock rack is just not big enough or possibly durable to carry my tool bag and whatever else.I looked at some trunks in JC whitney but the smallest one is still too big for the existing rack.Price is also somewhat of an issue.Any suggestions or recomendations? Thanks,mbn321

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 08:01 PM
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Make one. Or make one fit.

AFAIK there are no aftermarket racks that are that much bigger than the "stock" rack.

I carry all kinds of crap in my ammo can saddlebags - work great and require less fabrication than a different rack would. Also a better place to put heavy stuff (damn center of gravity...)

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Make one. Or make one fit.
I would really like to get my hands on a diagram of one.. I haven't seen any or played with the bike much to know where to mount one, but if I could get a diagram...

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Do ya have a "stock" rear rack at the moment?

If not I could probably take some pics of the mounting setup (tomorrow).

The stock rack is actually pretty strong, and if ya wanted to mount a trunk you could extend the "stock rack" with angle iron or an aluminum plate.

That said, I'll probably hack something out in the semi near future (my near future can be a year) to replace the stock rack with something I'd feel comfortable having a fuel cell mounted to (my rack was broken and re-welded by one of it's previous owners). Do keep in mind though that with my bike, function steps on form pretty often...

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Can anyone recomend a rack
Well Pam Anderson's is nice...
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Well Pam Anderson's is nice...
But her's is all aftermarket!! LOL
I prefer stock better!!

The stock rack can hold a LOT more than the recommended 5 (or is it 10?) pounds. They just say that to cover their a$$, as putting too much weight that far back on the bike can severly effect handling.

I've had upwards of 35-40 pounds on mine. And, I think it was Knifemaker who used his as a step stool or something like that.
When adding as much weight as it sounds like you have in mind, it's better to have it as centered and as low as possible on the bike, such as in saddlebags.


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I just drew up a few prototypes.. gonna try my hand at putting them into work when I get these exams and papers done... I am by no means an engineer, but We'll see if it'll work...

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Will a rack from any/all of the 750's fit the 700? I have a possibility of getting a rack from a 750 (unsure of the year) wanting to know if it will fit my 700.
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Yup it'll fit.

My rack is from a 750 and I have a 700...

Almost everything on the 750 and 700 is the same with the exception of a few engine parts, turn signal parts (self cancelling was discontinued pretty early on), and master cylinder/ brake lever (round vs square).

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I made a rack out of salvage chrome stock. Remove the seat and the end of the frame is open. My chronme just wedged in the frame end. If I were a fabricater I could do better. I have a plastic tool box that fits quickly, or I remove it for other.
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