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Thumbs up Custom made parts make my 2006 Vucan 750 super comfortable

I just received my terrific, custom made to order, the following items from [email protected]:
-heavy duty stainless luggage rack
-2 stainless floorboards with right foot heel stop edge
-extended stainless shifter pedal
All were exactly what I needed for me to fit on my bike.
Couldn't find a rack anywhere,except ones that have a have a weight limit of 5 lbs.(ridiculous) So, Mike made me a great one to hold myself ! lol
I needed floorboards that were not only comfortable for my size 13 feet, but ones that prevented me from melting my heels on the hot exhaust, and Mike designed and made them-perfectly
My shifter peg was too small for my boots-so Mike made an elongated one-perfect, again!
I found Mike, here on the Vulcan Forum, and I highly recommend him for those bikers who know what they need and want to make their ride better.
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The 5 lb weight limit of the stock luggage rack is just a humorous number they picked to cover their asses from liability lawsuits. I weigh a good 150 lbs and have stood on top of the rack with nothing bending or breaking.... Many others have loaded theirs with all most as much weight and report no problems.
Don't believe everything you read.

Those are some big ass floorboards. I found just having floorboards prevented my right heel from touching the exhaust pipe... No extra guard was needed.

If you look in my photo link below you'll see some other "custom" parts you might have an interest in.


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The 5 lb weight limit of the stock luggage rack is just a humorous number they picked to cover their asses from liability lawsuits. I weigh a good 150 lbs and have stood on top of the rack with nothing bending or breaking.... Many others have loaded theirs with all most as much weight and report no problems.
Don't believe everything you read.

Those are some big ass floorboards. I found just having floorboards prevented my right heel from touching the exhaust pipe... No extra guard was needed.

If you look in my photo link below you'll see some other "custom" parts you might have an interest in.


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x2! Same kind of non-sense the manufacture uses for bike load capacity. I could see a load capacity being limited on a smaller, but 400lbs on a 1500+ is just stupid!

An awesome example of this sort of limitation is found on a KLR650. I have seen pics of riders loading a weeks worth+ of gear onto their bikes and they still ride just fine. The big concern with adding more weight to the rear is how doggy the bike becomes when performing low speed turns. The ass end doesn't want to turn as easily as the front end. This isn't as noticeable at higher speeds, but the condition is still present.

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Good thing it was you Mike...I came REAL close to jammin on THAT button, lol...

And we used to WAY overload log trucks in the North Country all the time....as has been stated, its a CYA thing...frickin lawyers...




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x2! Same kind of non-sense the manufacture uses for bike load capacity. I could see a load capacity being limited on a smaller, but 400lbs on a 1500+ is just stupid!

An awesome example of this sort of limitation is found on a KLR650. I have seen pics of riders loading a weeks worth+ of gear onto their bikes and they still ride just fine. The big concern with adding more weight to the rear is how doggy the bike becomes when performing low speed turns. The ass end doesn't want to turn as easily as the front end. This isn't as noticeable at higher speeds, but the condition is still present.

Loaded KLR pic> http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/392/loadedklrdq5.jpg
I have heard of KM 's antics on his luggage rack.Changing a light bulb or something like it.On the other hand I saw EZ Rector(Charlie)'s luggage rack after it broke one of the tubes under the seat.He thought he had a loose bolt and we were going to tighten it up and it was broken.

That being said, that was the only one I have seen broken.I have seen Mike's Racks and they are very well built and strong,as well.You throw in what how hard the Fire and Steel racks are getting to find.With what the price on one is now and the ones Mike makes is a pretty good bargain.




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In theory anything can break. I've seen frames broken like they were cut with a laser. Some were do to just micro fractures that were there to start with.

Given its position, I doubt I'd put more than 60 pounds on a rear rack regardless on how strongly it's built. Heavy items should be carried low, in saddle bags or farther forward in tank bags. If you don't have a passenger you should carry stuff on the passenger part of the seat instead of the rear rack.

The lower you can put weight and the closer to the bikes center of gravity the better.

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............ Heavy items should be carried low, in saddle bags or farther forward in tank bags.......... The lower you can put weight and the closer to the bikes center of gravity the better.
X2 on that. I have seen broken kick stands from the bikes having to much weight up high in tall tail bags and the bikes being leaned over to the side.

With that said, I love the heck out of the look of M Angels rear rack. Sharp looking in the above picture

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Another caution here if you are riding in twisty hill country. Piling a bunch of weight on the back seat or luggage rack will make the front wheel pretty light and hard to gain any turning traction while accelerating out of an uphill turn.

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I just received my terrific, custom made to order, the following items from [email protected]:
-heavy duty stainless luggage rack
-2 stainless floorboards with right foot heel stop edge
-extended stainless shifter pedal
All were exactly what I needed for me to fit on my bike.
Couldn't find a rack anywhere,except ones that have a have a weight limit of 5 lbs.(ridiculous) So, Mike made me a great one to hold myself ! lol
I needed floorboards that were not only comfortable for my size 13 feet, but ones that prevented me from melting my heels on the hot exhaust, and Mike designed and made them-perfectly
My shifter peg was too small for my boots
-so Mike made an elongated one-perfect, again!
I found Mike, here on the Vulcan Forum, and I highly recommend him for those bikers who know what they need and want to make their ride better.
Those floorboards and extended shifter pedal sound like exactly what I need.

What are the dimensions of the boards?

Is the extended shifter pedal a clamp on design or a whole new shifter lever?

A few more close-up pictures with a ruler alongside would be most helpful.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9127

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