Couple of people have asked about my rack, so some
explanation, and some pics !
This is the Rice Rocket Rack I bought:
Goes on/off with the key using the rear seat/cowl
lock mechanism. Works great for light loads, and
goes on/off in seconds.
The tab that engages in the lock mechanism does
wear a bit where it hits the lock, but otherwise
works very well.
Just a bit light for heavier loads, or rougher roads.
This is the heavy duty one I fabbed to handle
the touring load
Used 1/4" alum plate, cut paper pattern of underseat area,
and used the two sub-frame mounts in green circles, with
allen head should bolts, as mounts. Keep a wrench in my
tank bag, and takes less than 30 seconds to take on/off.
Only tricky bit was the bent tab (see side view) that is
crucial to fitting into the sub-frame. Took a bit of TLC,
but used alum flatbar, and a little trial and error to get
it snug, then had the welder tack it all up
The 1" alum square tubing spaces the rack high enough to
sit above my tail piece.
Then had a fab shop make up a "pizza carrier" that fits
overhead carry on travel luggage, and that works great
for longer trips.
The plate was 10 or 12 gauge, had them punch the tie
down slots, and weld the corners, then drilled the 1/4"
plate, the 1" bars, and the 10 gauge top plate, so they
all are connected by the stainless plow bolts.
On the Bike
The HD version works excellent, is a little more streamlined
than the original, and is extremely solid.
Handles all I need for trips, though I do travel light.