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    Senior Member TWisty's Avatar
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    North GA Mountains
    Last winter, I bought a used 2009, with 200 miles on it.

    It came with a factory rack, wide pegs and hand guards.

    I've been adding some accessories to set it up for camping, exploring, and maybe some LD touring.

    For this I needed a flexible system to carry a variety of gear depending on the mission.

    The criteria were carrying flexibility, easy of setup and reconfiguration, and low cost.

    Although my system is a bit unconventional, I've got over a 1,000 miles on it, mostly Forest Service Roads in the Appalachian mountains, without any problems, so I've decided to post it here on the forum. As a general design principle, I've found that in attaching things that bounce, shake, or jiggle, fasteners that "give" (ie bungies) are preferable to rigid ones that tend to break when stressed.

    Many thanks to those who have responded to my initial newbie questions.

    The first step was to improve the factory rack.

    I used 3/4" PVC fittings to build a Cycleracks-sized platform that mounts on top of the factory rack. It's attached with stainless hose-clamps at the front, and ball-bungies at the rear. There's a "wing" on each side of the rack, that can be placed in up, horizontal, and down positions. Down is normal.

    I had two 5 liter, German milsurp mini jerry-cans for extra fuel.

    They are ball-bungied to each "wing" and supported by a short piece of wire-rack closet shelving for support.

    Underneath each side, there was just enough room to bungie on one of the legendary storage tubes.

    As saddle bags, I got four of the $4 German milsurp bags at

    Each pair of bags attach with two $1 dog collars from the dollar store.

    One set hangs over the rear seat, the other over the tank.

    Utility clips attach the rear bags to the gas tank racks to keep them away from the spokes.

    A small chain holds the two front bags from flying up.

    A multi-pocket bag from the thrift store serves as a tank bag and is ball-bungied to the handle bars and Stearns seat pad

    It slides over at fillups.

    I traced the factory skidplate on an old plastic kitchen cutting board, added an extra 1/2" all around, and cut it out on the bandsaw.

    After sitting in a tray of boiling water, it became flexible enough to bend and bolt to the bottom of the factory skid plate.

    I sprayed it in aluminum paint to try to regain some manliness over THIS particular mod.

    Also bolted a hockey puck to the bottom of the kick stand to provider a larger footprint and to have the bike stand a little more vertical since I'm a stand-on-the-footpeg-to-mount sort of guy.

    Ready to roll

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    Senior Member Rohnsman's Avatar
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    1993 TW200 in Meridian, Idaho
    Hockey Pucks, Cutting Boards, Dog collars... the stuff TW upgrades are made of!

    Reminds me of a Discovery Channel show I've watched a few times - "Stuck with Hackett". The guy builds all kinds of contraptions out of a collection of junk - what he calls "Obtainium" Hey, it works, right? Sometimes using brains, not bucks is the way to get the job done.

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    Senior Member FortPayne's Avatar
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    I love the set up. You can carry half the world with you.
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    Senior Member operose's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    I use the same bags and they are great. Rubber lined and with the inner flaps all my gear stays dry in rainstorms.

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    Member BigE_50's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Excellent! I especially like the skid plate.

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    Member TWiumph's Avatar
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    N.Georgia, USA
    I had the pleasure of seeing TWisty's bike in person. When he pulled up it felt like the opening scenes from the movie "Red Dawn", only German invaders instead of Russian. HA! Well done, TWisty.

    The skid plate looked like it had been cut from billet aluminum. He bolted it right on top of the stock skidplate. It looked good.

    P.S. The fuel tanks are full of Wiser's Canadian Whiskey and the tank bag is full of Twinkies! And please, don't ask about his camouflage man purse.
    2008 TW200: 14T/47T, 122-link KMC O-Ring Chain, Jimbo C Shield, wide pegs, factory rear rack, Pro Taper ATV High bars, G2 handguards, MSR shift lever, QuadBoss saddlebags.

    I do not own any stock and I do not owe anyone anything, except perhaps an open mind.

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    Senior Member MCC1776's Avatar
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    Jul 2013
    Dallas, TX
    Hopefully I can revive this old thread and get the existing pics updated. They're displayed as broken.
    1987 TW200
    Cycleracks Rear Rack, Tinman Tim's Side Racks [THANKS!], Action Packer Rear Trunk, Texsport waterproof luggage, 20w LED Spot Beam headlight, LED Bulbs for Rear Brake Light and Dash/Speedo, 12v marine auxiliary port, Coleman Seat Pad, Alloy Boltz kit.

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    Senior Member frog13's Avatar
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    SW, Ohio
    Thought it was just me,but MCC1776 confirmed the non-viewable pics!....let's see'em.

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    Senior Member tcepilot's Avatar
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    Same here! I want to see them
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