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I'm working on a bicycle rack for my VN900. When I figure it out I'll do one for my VN750. I found a good deal on Ebay about four months ago on a 2 x 2 bicycle rack for your motorcycle...well part of a bicycle rack minus brackets, bolts and fittings for my bike.



Just mocking things up before painting. The brakets had holes in them. I tried to find brackets without them but no luck.


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I filled holes with epoxy sanded and painted. I tried my best to find castle nuts M8 x 1.25 with specific characteristics but realized I'd have to deal with a compnay in the UK. I have so little room on the bolt that the nut and bolt end flush. So, I decided to just slather the bolt with locktite and drill a hole through the nut and bolt. I then put a steel pin through the hole. I'm guessing I don't have to worry about that bolt coming off anytime soon.

Anyhow, the rack works but needs some additional mods to make it more secure.





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HID lighting 35 Watt White
Chrome Slotted oval Mirrors
Chilhowee Tank Bra
Barons Big Air Kit
Vance & Hines Twin Slash staggered
EJK Gen 3 Electronic Jet Kit

1991 Vulcan 750 226 miles
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Does the weight distribution cause any problems with handling? I know today's bikes are extremely light but the center of gravity may get changed a bit.

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Does the weight distribution cause any problems with handling? I know today's bikes are extremely light but the center of gravity may get changed a bit.
a lot lot less than having a passenger. The manufacturer insists this isn't an issue and I see no difference. Now that being said, you can lift the bike with two fingers. I'm thinking this fact helps a whole lot.

I also took the passenger boards off my 900. I absolutely hate 2 up. So, I won't have to contend with that sack of potatoes floating around behind me anymore.

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EJK Gen 3 Electronic Jet Kit

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a lot lot less than having a passenger. The manufacturer insists this isn't an issue and I see no difference. Now that being said, you can lift the bike with two fingers. I'm thinking this fact helps a whole lot.

I also took the passenger boards off my 900. I absolutely hate 2 up. So, I won't have to contend with that sack of potatoes floating around behind me anymore.
JMO but you are creating more wind resistance, more wind turbulence, and a higher center of gravity all behind the center axis of the bike. It's your bike but be careful.

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I don't see any issues wind or weight wise. If the bike weighs 20 pounds..most of that weight is over the back support..so not much different than having a luggage rack or tail case with the same weight in it. Not a lot of surface area on a bicycle ...so I'd wager wind resistance is less than a passenger...side winds too have very little surface area to push on. A large windshield would be more problematic.
It's a big heavy bike to start with...large bumps could put some strain on the structure....

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I don't see any issues wind or weight wise. If the bike weighs 20 pounds..most of that weight is over the back support..so not much different than having a luggage rack or tail case with the same weight in it. Not a lot of surface area on a bicycle ...so I'd wager wind resistance is less than a passenger...side winds too have very little surface area to push on. A large windshield would be more problematic.
It's a big heavy bike to start with...large bumps could put some strain on the structure....

My only fear would be getting rear ended by some ass in a van and having that bike shoved into my spine.....
Points well taken. The bike weighs less than 10 pounds and can be lifted with two fingers. If anyone cares there are a number of video on youtube with bikes weighing much less than mine on back dirt roads. No problems.

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HID lighting 35 Watt White
Chrome Slotted oval Mirrors
Chilhowee Tank Bra
Barons Big Air Kit
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EJK Gen 3 Electronic Jet Kit

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