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post #1 of 20 Old Aug 8th, 2007, 3:35 pm Thread Starter
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Rack thingy hanging under the LT's back end

Greetings to all from sunny Manchester.

I've just returned from a 2500 mile round trip of France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the LT with my wife as passenger.
As I was motoring along an Autobahn, I passed a parking place and spotted a Dutch-plated LT parked up.
Hanging from the rear of the bike, almost on level with the wheel hub-height-wise, was a chromed rack with the guy's tent and stuff on it.
I'd seen a similar setup hanging off the back end of a Wing in Geneva, and thought it would make a cool addition to my LT, when, 2 days later, I actually saw such a thing in the metal!!
As I was peramubulating the route at a fair speed, I wasn't able to stop and chat, so have no idea if this rack was home made, or shop-bought..
Plain question: Anyone know a) what I am talking about and b) if you do, where can I get one?
I've tried the search engine on this site to no avail, likewise on most vendor's sites too.

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post #2 of 20 Old Aug 8th, 2007, 3:52 pm
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It sounds like the shelf that people attach to their trailer hitch.

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Cool

There are a couple of guys that have constructed faux exhaust pipes on the right side of the bike as tool cases, Ari is one of them I believe.

Although I dont believe this is what you are talking about! It does sound like a shelf that attaches to the hitch on the bike. HTH

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Sounds Like A Cooler Rack

Yep, sounds like a Cooler Rack. I have one I use to carry my camping gear when we're riding 2-up. I have an Al's rack but it's not chromed and I've never seen one chromed but sounds nice.

Ps...they can also be used to carry other stuff like golf clubs, etc. Check out these sites of USA folks who make them.

http://www.alsmotorcycleaccessories....oler_rack.html
http://www.alsmotorcycleaccessories....gage_rack.html
http://www.trailmasterinc.com/coolers.html


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Now that is ONE GREAT looking rack

Seriously that is what I would want on my bike if I was hauling and needed space.

I probably would put all lights on the rear, with a quick disconnect. If you ever just ran it to drop something off and it was bare, some tailgater is liable to get you

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A friend of mine bought a "Pak-it" rack for his GL-1800 at the Honda Hoot probably three years ago. It is a very nice set-up and at the time the owner of the company told me he was close to completion on a similar rack for the LT. Maybe he just needs an e-mail barrage of requests for info on a rack for the BMW riders.........


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Originally Posted by Twiggy
As I was motoring along an Autobahn, I passed a parking place and spotted a Dutch-plated LT parked up.
Hanging from the rear of the bike, almost on level with the wheel hub-height-wise, was a chromed rack with the guy's tent and stuff on it.
Could it have been our Finnish Friend and Farkle Freak?

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Greetings to all from sunny Manchester.

I've just returned from a 2500 mile round trip of France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the LT with my wife as passenger.
As I was motoring along an Autobahn, I passed a parking place and spotted a Dutch-plated LT parked up.
Hanging from the rear of the bike, almost on level with the wheel hub-height-wise, was a chromed rack with the guy's tent and stuff on it.
I'd seen a similar setup hanging off the back end of a Wing in Geneva, and thought it would make a cool addition to my LT, when, 2 days later, I actually saw such a thing in the metal!!
As I was peramubulating the route at a fair speed, I wasn't able to stop and chat, so have no idea if this rack was home made, or shop-bought..
Plain question: Anyone know a) what I am talking about and b) if you do, where can I get one?
I've tried the search engine on this site to no avail, likewise on most vendor's sites too.

Cheers to you all

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I'm new to the LT,but I've just ordered the Dauntless hitch to fit my tent rack to,though I won't be using the Dauntless rack.My rack will be stainless steel,made by a welder friend of mine.He made my last rack that was on my 1800 Goldwing,and a fine job he made of it,too.
I always used the same kind of set up on my Goldwings,works a treat.
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This is fantastic! I totally have to get the golf club rack!! Thanks for putting the website on here.
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Does it throw off the handling much hanging so far off behind the rear axle? How much weight do you think you can safely carry there? This looks like it has real potential!

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My version

Here are a few pictures of the one a buddy of mine and I built for my golf clubs as well as extra capacity if on a trip. It's made of Stainless and Aluminum.

Haven't ridden it very far with the golf clubs yet (since my course is only 6 miles away), but I did carry cooler and bag of clothes that was full to about 1/3 of the height to Americade this year and you didn't even know it was back there.

It's made to fit the Dauntless hitch since that is what's on my bike. We added a second connection point to under the top as well to take distribute the load to the bike better.

I also added lights since it blocks the rear brake lights if I load the golf clubs. I probably also need to add a license holder back there since it blocks view of that, but haven't done that yet.

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Weight on Cooler Racks

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Does it throw off the handling much hanging so far off behind the rear axle? How much weight do you think you can safely carry there? This looks like it has real potential!
Weight will definitely affect handling. I've tried various and find that up to 22 pounds it's transparent. Above that and you start to 'feel' it. I never go over 22 pounds.

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Although it was not my bike you saw (I don't have Dutch plates... ) here are some more pics and explanations of my hitch rack.
I also have AutoCad 3D drawing available if anyone is interested.

http://picasaweb.google.com/pozoizqu...TCHLUGGAGERACK

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Thanks to all

Hi all

Many thanks to all who kindly replied. I didn't realise that I needed a tow hitch assembly first, so at this time it's abit OTT for me in the $ dept.

Now I now what do though

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I'm going to get some new suspension front and rear sometime in the next year, probably over the winter. 22 pounds is really helpful since it actually is a fair amount of gear. I'm going to have to ask Klaus about a shock setup that will have enough adjustability to allow for the rack plus cargo and see what he comes up with. I like this idea though, add a couple lights and now you've got the weight down low and inline with the bike.... Really like this one guys!

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Pozo, that is a GREAT setup you've got there!
It's just right for the "stuff" that it's so tough to find room for. I'm going to copy your CAD files onto my HD and hold onto them until I am ready. Thank you for that link!

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Pozo, that is a GREAT setup you've got there!
It's just right for the "stuff" that it's so tough to find room for. I'm going to copy your CAD files onto my HD and hold onto them until I am ready. Thank you for that link!

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Thanks for the nice words Kevin,

however, in my Picasa album I only have a screen capture of the AutoCad drawing. If you can read dwg.files and you want the original AutoCad 2004 file I can email it to you. All the measurements are metric but I hope that is not a big problem... Just PM me your email address.

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Thanks for the nice words Kevin,

however, in my Picasa album I only have a screen capture of the AutoCad drawing. If you can read dwg.files and you want the original AutoCad 2004 file I can email it to you. All the measurements are metric but I hope that is not a big problem... Just PM me your email address.

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HAHAHA! Nope! I just multiply everything times 25.4 and I'm good to go!
I'll send you a PM with my email to get the .dwg or .dxf files, thanks!

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HAHAHA! Nope! I just multiply everything times 25.4 and I'm good to go!

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Oh well Kevin....unless you are planning to install the rack behind a Mack truck you'd better DIVIDE the millimeter measures by 25.4 rather than multiply them.

I'll send you the file next week.

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