Heavy Duty Luggage Rack For a Trike
I didn't get to do much riding this summer due to a transmission problem. The transmission went bad due to pulling a good size trailer according to my mechanic. He believes that the jerking motion from starting, stoping, and going over bumps in the road puts excess strain on the transmission. He recommended that I no longer pull a trailer. We then talked about a sidecar rigs. He believes that a sidecar does not put the same type of pressure on the transmission since it is hard connected to the frame of the bike. With this in mind I planned what to do.
I like to take a lot of stuff along on my travels. So, I got together with my brother-in-law (A retired welder) to help me design and build a luggage rack that I could use to carry my stuff but still take it off when I wanted to.
What you see in the photos is the result. The rack was built from 1 inch square steel tubing. It connects to the trike at three points. The main connection is the trailer hitch. The trailer hitch bears the majority of the weight. The rack is built upon a second trailer hitch that connects to the existing hitch with a 1 inch bolt. There are two arms that attach to the antenna mounts to steady the assembly. With the rack installed I can still get access to the trunk. I don't believe in bungee cords. I like straps. So, I put 4 eyelets on the outside of the rack to hold the straps in position. The eyelets are made from links of a heavy duty chain. The final rack was powder coated. It looks and works great.
2002 K1200LT Trike