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Old 09-30-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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OK, since I couldn't source a rack for my 05 Kat to carry both panniers and top box (some make one or the other, or something that requires modifying anyway, or something not rated to carry serious loads), I decided to make one myself. In my true style, it probably won't end up particularly neat, but it will be strong and practical.

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Clearing the plastic ...


I have secured it to 6 points on the frame ...


Trial placement of top box ...


Some more cutting, welding, drilling - and no doubt, swearing to come ...
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:12 AM   #2
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cool man! cant wait to see it done.
what is that little grey box just to the left of your storage box. something for the ignition?
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:04 PM   #3
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what is that little grey box just to the left of your storage box?
Cheers! If you're referring to the grey box with "Steal Mate" and the "CE" sticker ... that's the alarm / immobiliser. The circular siren is just in front of it.
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The rack is now complete ...

Paint shop.


Frame fitted.


Loaded and ready to tour.



All up cost including consumables about $120 - plus a few days of messing around - and it seems to work a treat.
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Not the first time I've said this to a stranger... nice rack!

Less change of getting slapped this time though.
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Not the first time I've said this to a stranger... nice rack!

Less change of getting slapped this time though.
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The rack is now complete ...

Paint shop.


Frame fitted.


Loaded and ready to tour.



All up cost including consumables about $120 - plus a few days of messing around - and it seems to work a treat.
That little lock box just really screams " Steal me " to me. Maybe because I think theres a nice little handgun in it
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Looks plenty beefy to me. Really told the misses to f*** off with that rack for the little lock box, didn't you?
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Looks plenty beefy to me. Really told the misses to f*** off with that rack for the little lock box, didn't you?
Sadly - or is that happily??? - there is no missus. But that little box is mainly for the dirty stuff - fuel additive, chain lube, spare oil, tools, rags etc. I may install a bigger box down the track - like a fishing tackle box??? - or I can use the rack to strap down camping gear. In any case, the bike is registered as a single seater which saves about 50% on fees, so I thought I might as well use the space for something useful. Spare oil is much more useful than my ex!

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Sweet touring rack for sure and price was right!! I started on one for my Kat and I did almost the same thing you did for the side rails mounting to the bike. My project kinda of got side tracked but I still have the rails and brackets hanging on the wall, some day I might finish it. Great job man !!
Cheers! Hope you finish yours. It opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

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nicely done! now i think i am going to buy a welder and start practicing...
If you don't already have one - buy a MIG welder. My ancient arc welder was a pain with some of the lighter steel. But with a decent workshop (as the photos show, I don't have one - my ex-missus took that!) it would be quite an easy job.

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