"Just out of curiosity, where and how are the flags mounted on your LT? When I take over the world and become supreme benevolent dictator it would be nice to have an idea of where to mount my flag on my new LT (which of course my first act of supremacy would be to require BMW to re-start production of the LT)"
well, i just posted a full story and promptly hit the "goodbye" button on the browser. Nobody said i'm smart. here goes again:
everything i had in my 'junk' pile with the exception of the flags and flag poles. i used a piece of thick plywood at the base with two marine antenna mounts. the threaded nylon is about 3/4". over them i placed two pieces of SS vacuum cleaner tubing i had from an old portable vacuum. i drilled a retainer hole and put a screw in it to hold the tube to the mount. then i drilled two holes all the way through the tubes and flag poles. i had two Bimini retainers so i used them to secure the poles in the SS tubing. the poles were obtained from either Home Depot or Ace. only about 3 1/2' of pole is exposed so the SS tubes give good support. the Patriot Guard Rider flag is a one sided nylon flag and after sewing up the lower leading edge that flaps a lot, it's held up well. the US Flag is a high quality, expensive flag (about $30) designed to withstand about 25 MPH but both have held up well up to short bursts of 50 MPH. furled, and covered the flags, poles and 'rig' easily withstand 70 MPH highway speed-even with strong wind gusts.I have yet to break or bend the poles with the flags unfurled.
for the center support, i used a piece of pine stock and drilled two holes for the tubing and secured them at the top side with hose clamps. they keep the board from sliding up.
the backward wind keeps things from straining and the wood pieces have I/O carpeting at strategic points to prevent rubbing the vinyl or areas around the speakers.
i use two non-ratcheting tie-down straps. the one at the bottom goes through the side handles but doesn't put much strain on them. the upper strap hooks attach to the back legs of the rack and there's no stress to speak of, again, because of the backward wind forces.
the trunk can be opened enough to be able to get to ball caps, sunglasses, water, vest, etc.
hope i covered most. please ask any questions,,,,,or preferably offer criticism. at 69 years young, i can take anything (except someone taking my scotch away from me when i'm drinking-off the bike of course).
best in the world
(hey Dan--note: photos