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    Home Brewed Luggage Rack

    Several members have already devised a few Luggage Racks in lieu of using the OEM rack, which by the way has a 6 pound capacity rating Not wanting to exceed that weight, by very much, I decided to keep my creation small. Small rack, small load

    I like working with vinyl as it's easy to cut, mill, drill etc. In addition it's rather durable and usually gives a nice appearing finished product. I choose a Kitchen District 9.5"x15"x3/8" Cutting Board which I found at Target for $13.00. The board has some sliver flake> Guess I may give the finished rack a coat or two of PlastiDip.

    Using my table saw for sizing, I then used my drill press, spade and router bits to give the board some character If this proto works as planned, I may move up to a slightly larger board.

    Here's some pics of the project!

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    For $13.00 and a little work with the garage power tools you can't beat that

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    That looks great, nice work!

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    Very nice work Bob!
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    When I saw 6 pound limit on the Honda site I almost blew beer out my nose. Who in the world would ever pack only 6 pounds worth of stuff?? Some luggage weighs six pounds with nothing in it! I just did about 800 miles over the weekend with my large camlebak loaded to the seams and bungeed it to the back seat-rest and handles, it weighed about 25-30 pounds. No problems at all, If riding two-up is not a concern for you, go with a seat bag, much more practical than 6 pounds. *end rant*
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    Seat Bag

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman View Post
    When I saw 6 pound limit on the Honda site I almost blew beer out my nose. Who in the world would ever pack only 6 pounds worth of stuff?? Some luggage weighs six pounds with nothing in it! I just did about 800 miles over the weekend with my large camlebak loaded to the seams and bungeed it to the back seat-rest and handles, it weighed about 25-30 pounds. No problems at all, If riding two-up is not a concern for you, go with a seat bag, much more practical than 6 pounds. *end rant*
    I ride solo all the time! I have a "Cruiser Bag" which always occupies the rear portion of my seat. I wanted the rack to carry my sleeping bag which is bulky but light. Using my small stretch net I can quickly secure the S bag to the rack.

    The Cruiser Bag is constructed of 13" diameter PVC Pipe and covered in vinyl. Between my saddle bags, the rack and the C Bag, I should be able to take the kitchen sink when I travel

    The Cruiser Bag.

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    Cool

    Nice lookin rack...round the back corners to mimic the F6 and you wil have something there !!!

    I had approx 20# on my stock rack and it never complained...not sure where the weight rating comes from...it is bolted on top of the frame ?
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    Luggage Rack Update

    Still playing around with my Homed Brewed Luggage Rack. Spent a hour at a friends shop and used his engine lathe to turn the support spools for the rack. Had a piece to 7/8" aluminum round stock which I drilled and parted to size. The offset in height between the front and rear backrest mounting holes is 5/8". Made two spools 1 1/8" long for the front and two 1 3/4" long for the rear. Those lengths put the rack on a even plane. Im going to paint the spools satin black which will closely match the backrest bracket.

    A few pics

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    Luggage Rack Update

    Finally finished my rack. Took some time getting the proper material but the wait was worth it. The original was made from a cutting board and had silver fleck and was smaller than I wanted. The new material is solid black and the blank was 12" x 18" which allowed for a larger rack. The material is commercial 7/16" black vinyl which is both durable and weather resistant. Used my hand saw, drill press with 3/4" and 1" spades bits to shape and drill the material. A simple task IMHO.

    Some pics of the original and new rack

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    Bob - good looking platform. I did a similar board ; but mounted it on top of the small factory rack. By the way , I stood on the factory rack with all my 190 lbs. ;it didn't even try to break. I had to know before we left on our road trip. We strapped at least 30 lbs. on it for 3976 miles.

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