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would like to see if anyone is interested in a 'kit' to go on your cycleracks. Having built a set for myself and working on another, it came to mind, others may be interested. Again, just a 'feeler'. Thanks for your time. TIM





 

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Tinman appears to be a very good name for you. To the average sheetmetal man, you would be considered an artist. Having tools is one thing, knowing how to use those tools makes you a craftsman. Good Job!



I never thought I needed this much luggage on the T-Dub, but the front rack on you bike looks like something you can really use. I now have the CycleRack, but it's more of a handle than a usable rack. Can you show-&-tell this a little more.



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P.S. Will you be at the I-X Center for the International Motorcycle Show?
 

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as I am about 20mins from the i-x center, of course I'll be there. And barring totally inclimate weather, i'll be on the bike. All be as a spectator though cuz vendors spots are very pricey. The front rack was made from the scrap left over from the rear. Not my best work, but I had intended it to be a prototype. Next thing ya know, I'm sitting on it to test its strength.





 

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Thanks for the Show-&-Tell. I like it! Maybe we'll meet in Cleveland. I could proud around in my T-Dub shirt.



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first off, this is simply in the 'feeler' stages. My thoughts are to supply a kit to the guys out there running the Cycleracks. The pictures above are showing my set-up. 'Kit' would consist of the boxes with removable lids, the hoops that hang off 'your' rack, and a cross bar to tie them together. Pricing will be about $550 plus shipping. For those that wanna just get the boxes and do their own mounting, $475 plus shipping.

secondly, the boxes measure 8x18x14tall. Custom sizes will be offered at a material-cost only, as the fabrication will not change. Yes, I will do custom fabrication to those that want it. Just keep basic shape the same and the price won't vary more than $50 (I'm guessing)

thirdly, raw box (1) with lid weighs in @ approximately 8lbs.

hope this helps, TIM
 

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so no ones confused here, we're only talking about the saddlebags here. Top-boxes can and will be offered at some point . the one pictured on my bike is an old military box that has no chance of me copying. I can cut, bend, and weld some metal, but I'm not that good.
 

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Would the kit that you'd be offering ride in roughly the same position as the Happy Trail style pannier brackets you've pictured above, or would they ride higher and farther back like the Cycleracks system and the Pelican case mount pictured above?
 

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as I'm not to the 'hoop' stage of the kit as of yet, you pose a very good question DonBenito. What I had envisioned was providing the hoops predrilled for mounting the boxes to them. However the boxes would not be drilled, so the buyer can put them on where they want them. This would allow for clearances to the individuals gear, riding style (I wanted mine centered in front of rear axle), or angled if desired. Stainless buttonhead hardware will be included.

the hoops themselves would attach with much the same design as the ones cycleracks sells. Simply larger and more substantial to get better surface area to mount to. The crossbar will have hand knobs. No tools to remove!





yes mrbracket, the crossbar under the seat/fender has tabs that bolt into the frame-to-subframe bolts. It's a hassle to remove, but I didn't want to alter the plastic fender or weld to the frame. The bike can go back to stock, not that it will.
 

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Just picked up my brothers bike this morning and brought it home. He's got the cycleracks rear set-up. Let the games begin! Just wanted to keep you all updated. Will post pictures as they become available. TIM
 

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been real busy with work as of late, however was able to spend some time in garage today on the project. Should be able to get pictures of the final product up in the next couple days. Real happy with how it's turning out. Hope the photos generate some interest. TIM
 

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ok, here's the final product! Boxes and hangers to go on a Cyclerack.

Boxes measure 8x18x14 tall. Complete kit weighs in at 24lbs.


All nuts and bolts are stainless, except the handknobs. No tools needed to install or remove!

Latches have a safety catch feature.


Lids have rubber gaskets to keep the dust and water out.


As pictured, they are mounted as low and as far forward as possible. This was done to install to a TW with no modifications.

If you are willing to modify your rear turn signals, the boxes can be moved about 8inches rearward, depending on how YOU mount the hoops to the boxes.


The hoops are drilled, the boxes are not. This allows YOU to put them where you want them, to fit your gear and preference.
 

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have posted new 'ADD' under the classified section. Please continue there. Thanks, TIM
 
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