DIY Motorcycle Racks

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DIY Motorcycle Racks
Having a motorbike rack gives you extra storage space. (Helmet for motorbike image by Ivonne Wierink from

Making your own motorcycle rack will give you enough storage space for any biking holiday. If you don't have enough space you may have to leave important equipment at home, and normally those will be the things you will miss most on the trip. The size of the rack will depend on the size of your bike, since most racks are attached to the back of the bike. A rack lets you store saddle bags, a tent and even an extra gallon of gas in a spare fuel tank, so it can be a real plus to have your own.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hollow shaft metal bars
  • Angle grinder
  • Spray paint
  • Welder
  • Bolts and nuts
  • Spanner or Wrench
  • Protective goggles
  • Face mask

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the bike's side frame and the saddle. That will give you the length for the leg of the rack. Check where the pre-drilled holes are on the bike's frame and use them as a starting point for measuring.

  2. 2

    Determine the width of the rack by measuring the distance between the left and right sides of the bike frame. Determine the length of the rack by measuring the distance between the back of the saddle and the lights.

  3. 3

    Use the measurements you got in Steps 1 and 2 to cut the metal bars to size. There is no one-fits-all bike rack as each motorbike is a different size.

  4. 4

    Weld the metal bars for the top of the rack so they form a grid. Drill two holes into the sides and the top of two sidebars of the grid. Check where the pre-made holes are on the bike's frame and drill holes into the top of the grid at the same positions. You will use the top holes to attach the grid to the bike's frame and the side holes to attach the rack's legs to the grid.

  5. 5

    Check where the pre-made holes are on the bike's frame and drill holes into the rack's legs at the same positions. If there are no holes on the bike's frame drill some yourself where the frame is the strongest.

  6. 6

    Assemble the bike rack by attaching the legs onto the grid through the side holes. Spray-paint the rack and wait until it dries.

  7. 7

    Attach the assembled bike rack to the bike's frame with bolts and nuts that fit into the holes you drilled.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy flat metal bars if you want to make the rack lighter. The hollow shaft bars are a bit heavier, but they are a lot stronger as well.
  • Make sure the rack is not in the way of the back lights and that it does not obstruct the number plate. Be careful not to attach the rack to the shock-absorbers. Wear protective glasses when cutting and screwing to prevent debris flying into your eyes. When you paint the rack wear a face mask as it can harm your lungs if you inhale the paint.

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