BIKE MODIFICATIONS

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So far…

TOP BOX

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Tent rack was made from cutting up and welding the rear parcel rack of an old scrap bike.

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The TOP BOX was also bolted through to the frame for both a little extra strength and security, it can’t be wrestled or kicked off so easily now for your casual thief.

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LUGGAGE RACK

This was made by cutting up and welding two sets of crash bars from scooters……Don’t laugh…..The tube used form the scooter crash bars is much thicker tubing than used by Honda or Givi etc. for their luggage racks.

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My Transalp luggage rack takes both the plastic boxes as well as metal panniers, the rack fits at all the same fitting points used by aftermarket racks but has been made slightly further back to accommodate rear passenger leg room.

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The Transalp indicators had to be removed and changed for much shorter indicators to bring the panniers close in to the bike body.

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STAINLESS STEEL PANNIERS

These panniers were made from Imm staınless steel with key locks in the lid, they hook on to the rack in the normal way after market metal panniers fit but the difference is I have no plastic cam lock, instead just one bolt is enough to keep them securely in place, but I used 3 bolts. Plastic side panniers can be kicked off so easily, I have witnessed this myself in Italy, Stainless is also a very tough material, it has a property called ”Work hardening” the more you try to drill or cut it the tougher it becomes, it’s a nightmare to work with.

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Stainless steel as well as being exceedingly tough never goes rusty either.

PETROL CAN BRACKETS

These brackets were simply stainless steel bar bent around a vice and welded inplace, the petrol cans are simply used oil containers ,free from any car garage or workshop, the bunggies were just cut and knotted to size.

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All the above, tent rack, luggage rack, panniers etc. cost me about 600 Lira  (250 Pounds) in labour and materials to make everything, taking about four and a half days work in total. Much cheaper than buying them off the shelf and mine are much better quality and stronger.

Rear brake pedal extension welded on.

Cruise control.

Rear sprocket changed from 48 to 46 more MPG.

Thinking about………

Making a camera mounting bracket on the handlebars.

Extending the crash bars higher.

Removing the sub-chamber and catolytic convertors, more MPG.

Making some ”Crash pads” to strap to the crash bars.

Tank/Map bag.

Spot lights.

Electric charging socket.

Fat Assed knobblie tyres for fun !

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