Motorcycles are great for rolling down the open highway, but they're not so great if you want to carry luggage. Unlike a car, a motorcycle doesn't have a boot you can just store your luggage in. Instead, you need a motorcycle luggage rack. If you don't want to purchase a separate rack, you can make your own -- provided you're able to work with sheet metal. After you're finished, you'll be able to carry luggage on your motorcycle.
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Things you need
- Sheet metal
- Sheet metal sheers
- Tape measure
- Drill with metal cutting bit
- Nuts and bolts
- Metal bracket
Use the tape measure to find out how much room you have. Your motorcycle luggage rack will wrap around the width of the seat and hover out over the back fender.
Create a template using the cardboard. Traditionally, luggage racks are rectangular, with an indent that is designed to provide room for the back of your motorcycle seat. Keep making templates until you find one that you're happy with. You may want to measure the size of your luggage as well, to make sure that it'll fit on your motorcycle luggage rack.
Use the marker to outline the template onto your sheet metal.
Use metal sheers to cut your luggage rack out of the sheet metal.
Cut out three strips of metal that are approximately 2 inches tall and the same length as your motorcycle luggage rack. These strips are going to be the sides of the luggage rack that are there to prevent your luggage from falling off.
Drill holes for three metal brackets on each lip -- one bracket for each corner, and one bracket for the middle. Use nuts and bolts to attach them to the lip.
Attach the metal lips to your luggage rack. Put them in position, use your marker to mark where the bracket holes will need to be drilled on the rack, then drill them. After, use nuts and bolts to attach each lip to the luggage rack.
Set the luggage rack on the seat where it will be. You will be using four bolts to secure the luggage rack to your motorcycle. These bolts will go through the back fender. Use a marker to mark where holes need to be made on the rack.
Drill holes into the luggage rack. Place the luggage rack back on its seat, then use a marker to mark where bolt holes need to be made in the fender of the motorcycle.
Drill bolt holes into the fender of your motorcycle. Attach the luggage rack to the motorcycle, then use bolts to secure it in place.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you get the cardboard template right, as this will save you time and agony later on.
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