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Last week I took a road trip to Key West. While parking at a sea food restaurant in Key Largo I saw a K1200LT in the parking lot that had a unique design of bungee hooks. Between the rear seat and the saddle bag handles was a piece of sheet metal with several holes drilled in it for bungee hooks. I don't know if it was flat sheet metal that had been bent (broken) in a sheetmetal break or if it was a piece of angle iron, but it came out from beneath the seat and bent upward at 90 degrees. The part that was bent upward was several inches long and was taller near the rear of the seat than near the front of the seat. The hole in the back was larger than the holes in the front. It was high enough to allow easy access for bungees but low enough that it was not in the way of the case handles or high enough to hit the passengers thighs. It was very neat the way it was built and the finsih was powder coat. Is anyone aware of a company that is marketing something like this or was this someones personal engineering? If I can't find something like this ready made, I intend to start fabricating something similar of my own.
 

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Exactly Garry! I have been wondering why I didn't take one myself :mad: If I end up designing and fabricating one I WILL post a picture. :)
 

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Sounds interesting. Was this built without a pillion in mind? The way I'm seeing this in my mind is that there is no way a passenger can get on and sit comfortably.
 

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Rudy, This in no way would interferre with a pillion. It was lower than the height of the pillion seat. Dang, I wish I had taken that pic. :eek: It was so neat the way it was located betwen the seat and the case handles. Actually the top edge was kind of wavy from the back to the front with the holes drilled in the upper portion of each wave. Very hard to describe. I will try to come up with a drawing. Now if I can just remember some of my industrial arts training from high school shop class. LOL
 

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K12smitty said:
bungee hooks.
Not seeing a picture makes it hard to comment, except that:

These are rarely safe on any type of load that can shift. If you use a closed loop to make the attachment, it will not let go as often and remain attached. The load can shift, but the loop will not let go and possible end up under or inside a fender. ROK makes these type of straps and I always keep several on my bike.
 

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Dan and all, I don't advocate the use of bungee cords either. I have and use bothe Rok straps and Helen two wheels "d" ring type straps. I just called this a bungee hook as a generic term. Actually the correct term should be "tie point" I guess. It is a real pain the get to your side cases when you have a Rok strap or a HTW strap around your case handle. The tie point between the seat and side cases would eliminate this issue.
 

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Steve,

Remove the pax seat and loop the ROKs around the frame tube on each side before reinstalling the seat. Now you do not have to worry about stressing the side case handles and you have easy access to the cases even with a load strapped onto the seat. I carry an extra ROK with the two looped ends connected to each other; makes a handy extension strap.
 

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Tony, Thanks for the tip. This sounds like a very smart way to solve my problem without a lot of engineering and fabricating.
 

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Steve,

Remove the pax seat and loop the ROKs around the frame tube on each side before reinstalling the seat. Now you do not have to worry about stressing the side case handles and you have easy access to the cases even with a load strapped onto the seat. I carry an extra ROK with the two looped ends connected to each other; makes a handy extension strap.
WOW! Simple, elegant and will work flawlessly. Super idea Tony.

Thanks, Robert
 

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Steve,

Remove the pax seat and loop the ROKs around the frame tube on each side before reinstalling the seat. Now you do not have to worry about stressing the side case handles and you have easy access to the cases even with a load strapped onto the seat. I carry an extra ROK with the two looped ends connected to each other; makes a handy extension strap.
Guess there's not much more to say here...Tony gets the thumbs up! :thumb:
 

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A different way to do it. I got a handful of Metal Loop Hooks here - http://www.strapworks.com/Metal_Footman_Loop_p/mfl-b.htm
Pretty cheap and got here in a few days.

Removed the rear seat and then the rib piece that the Loop Hook is attached to. Marked the holes, checked to be sure nothing would interfere under it and drilled them. I used AHC screws (Allen Head Cap) I had in the R/C shop and some large washers under neath next to the plastic piece before threading on locking nuts. I did one on each side and they have been on here for many trips and about 2 years now. Still tight, nothing has cracked and that's good.

Sorry for the dirty looking bike parts but have just returned from a 13 state, 3,000 mile trip up North and 3 of the first 6 days were in rain. I just haven't cleaned it up yet. Driving through Philadelphia and the Bronx was a trip for this old country boy! But I wanted to see if I could get the pucker factor back to 0 and that did it right fine.

Pictures below show a wide shot and then closer shots and then with strap attached. I use a T-Bags BackSeater and the bottom straps hook through this strap. Top straps hook through the luggage rack. Quick and easy to get the T-Bags off when you hit the motel.






Just another way to attach things. Although I do like the post about just taking off the rear seat and using longer loops to hand out. But I didn't think about it. At my age I did good to think at all. I did this trip mostly just pick the 5 states of DE, NJ, MA, CT and RI. Yeah I know it sounds foolish, so what.
 

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Well Gentleman, I believe the items that are being talked about are the brackets that are mounted to the bike for the rear seat shelve the is made by BMR. I believe the shelve is removeable and the bracket remains and can be used as described.

Can anyone confirm?

What do I win? :)
 

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YEP! just looked at the BMR web site, BTW, BMR is supporting vendor of this site. They call it the flatbed. I mounts above the pillion seat and is secured via the described brackets on either side of the saddlebags. When the FLATBED is removed the brackets can be used for bungee anchors!

Check out the BMR site!
 

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Ditto on the BMR Flatbed. I've had one on my last two LTs. The Flatbed supports a lot of camp gear when solo touring and quickly removes with two knob screws for two-up riding. And yes, the brackets are great for strap anchors.
 

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I use the same soft ties shown in tconnell's photos for strapping down the bike for that rare occurrence of trailering. I, too, install them around the frame under the seat for securing my camera tripod when I don't use the trailer.
 

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I also uses the ROK straps. I use the 60" size and like Tony I removed the rear seat but instead of looping the ROK strap around the frame I used 3 wire ties on each side. When not in use I just tuck the straps behind the back seat. The long part of the strap is around the frame just behind the drivers seat. When not in use I just roll them up and tuck them in nest to the fuse boxes. That way they are always easy to get at. I even use them to carry my bowling balls on the rare times I take the bike.
 
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