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 Post subject: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:20 pm 
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I'm interested in tips on carrying things. I do ride with a backpack and have read up on the potential dangers of that, but don't think I'll be changing my habits there.

I also have a 1972 Honda SuperCub which has a solo seat and a nice rack. The rack is about 10"x8". Things I've carried on it include a market umbrella, an electric outboard boat motor, a vacuum cleaner. Numerous 50# bags of cat food. Here's a pic of me in my old cammo jacket coming home from Costco. And that's nothing compared to what they do in Asia.

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Anyhow, I've come to the conclusion that the Rebel has nowhere near the cargo carrying capacity of my SuperCub. So I thought I would ask the experts what they've found. I have a sissy bar that I have to re upholster and mount. Perhaps saddlebags are in my future, but I'm not sure I like the look.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:56 pm 
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Nice bike!

I got spoiled by the rack on my CT110; used for hauling elk, and other stuff when it wasn't hunting season in Montana.

http://cycleracks.com/

Has a good rack but they are pretty much limited to dual sport (enduros) and full dirt bikes.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:13 pm 
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Had a Honda Cub 50 in 1965. Great bike. We use a tank bag on the Rebel.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:31 pm 
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Do magnets really keep a bag on the tank? Seems like it'd come off. I do have some rare earth magnets.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:38 pm 
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How about something like this. Cheap and easy to build.



Side View no Crate.



Top View.



Side View of Carrier.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:47 pm 
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I had heard of this. The pictures a great! It is very useful although you loose the possible passenger. I'm not sure I can deal with the look, but I'm not going to forget it anytime soon. I do wonder about those little rear racks, but everything for these is so cussed expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:00 pm 
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Get bungee cargo nets. Make sure they are the bungee ones though. I've fit more stuff under there than I can remember. I've had a 2 and 1/2 gallon gas tank, full face helmet, all my winter gear (racing pants, 2 sweatshirts, a windbreaker, flannel pants, denim vest, gauntlet gloves, and a box of hand/toe warmers)..., 2-3 changes of clothes, a pillow, extra tools, 2 liter of pepsi, and various other stuff all at one time. If you are good at space management then you can do about anything you need.

One of these days I'll figure out how to safely bungee net my acoustic guitar down... lol

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:47 pm 
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No pics, but plenty of double takes....

Brought home a 7' long gas powered string trimmer from the Honda shop about two months ago. And in the past I've stuffed plants and small (gallon sized) trees in the Ortlieb panniers.

I've been planning a flat rack like Souls. But I want to move the taillight first.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:04 am 
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I take it you guys are using the bungee nets on the rear seat?

Hooking on the fender?

Waht is an Ortlieb panier? Looked online and it's some sort of bike bag?


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:24 am 
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gandalfretlaw wrote:
Do magnets really keep a bag on the tank? Seems like it'd come off. I do have some rare earth magnets.

Yes, even at 65 mph on a windy day.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:02 pm 
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gandalfretlaw wrote:
I had heard of this. The pictures a great! It is very useful although you loose the possible passenger. I'm not sure I can deal with the look, but I'm not going to forget it anytime soon. I do wonder about those little rear racks, but everything for these is so cussed expensive.


It is anchored with the standard OEM rear fender bolts and nuts. Removal or install only takes about 3 minutes. Rear seat is still installed underneath the carrier. Seeing the Rear Brake Light is not affected.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:24 pm 
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Interesting. You are making me think. A quick modification like that sounds reasonable. I wonder about doing something similar with a more traditional rack like this one:
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Perhaps even making it so it would rotate up to an over seat position and then down to behind seat position.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:13 am 
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gandalfretlaw wrote:
I take it you guys are using the bungee nets on the rear seat?

Hooking on the fender?

Waht is an Ortlieb panier? Looked online and it's some sort of bike bag?


Yeah. Bungee on the rear seat is how I go. The only disadvantage is you kinda have to always have a decent amount of stuff to get, or a way to keep a bunch of small things together. Like... if you wanted to carry a pair of shoes, you'd put them in a plastic bag, otherwise it's hard to get the net to hold it well. etc etc. But I mean...You can get really creative with them. Therogue and I have competitions to see who can carry the most ridiculous thing home under our nets.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:52 am 
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Someone posted one time about carrying a full drum kit on their Rebel.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:57 am 
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You can carry anything on a Cub. I saw a picture of a Vietnamese guy carrying a full sized refrigerator on one. I have seen pictures of a Cub carrying a family of 5, with a couple of pigs strapped on the back. Despite it's much larger engine, a Rebel is not a utility vehicle. But it is possible to carry quite a bit on one. Heres how I carry stuff on mine. https://picasaweb.google.com/Gerald2550/Rebel2

The magnetic tank bag is a great idea, and yes the magnets will hold. But they will scratch the paint over time if you use it often. Not really a concern for me, but someone with a new bike or custom paint job might not like that.

I have a Cortech 14L bag that I bought for a Ninja 500, but it also fits the Rebel perfectly. And it is well made, should last for many years.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:37 am 
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steelgunna wrote:
Get bungee cargo nets. Make sure they are the bungee ones though. I've fit more stuff under there than I can remember. I've had a 2 and 1/2 gallon gas tank, l


I was transporting a 1+ gallon gas can with a cargo net to keep it in place. It was fine when empty but somehow on the way home it shifted to the side so it was canted 30 - 45 degrees. Combine that mistake with the mistake that the cap was not quite 100% screwed into place so that fuel seeped out and dribbled down the saddle bag on to the hot exhaust pipe and I feel cussed lucky I did not self-immolate. Be extra careful when transporting fuel. Make sure the fuel is 100% secure and that the cap is 100% in place and then check both again.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:13 pm 
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I can safely carry 10 qts. (2 1/2 gal.) in my saddlebags, in 2 of those 5 qt. oil jugs. Gives the Rebel an incredible range.

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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:50 am 
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Somethings that I have transported in my Milk Crate Carrier without tie downs.

3 - 24packs of Diet Coke.
3 - 40 lbs bags of Water Softner Salt.
1 - 6 gal container of gas.
1 - 5 gal container of Kerosene.

Remove the Milk Crate and using tie downs.
2 60 lbs bags of sakcrere.
12' x 12' Portable Canopy, still in the box..

Remove the Milk Crate. Install a memory foam seat pad.
A passenger up to 175 lbs.
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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:03 pm 
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I had this as a garage picture under the old forum software.


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 Post subject: Re: Carrying Things
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:50 pm 
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I have a Yamaha XT225 (very similar to the CRF230L, but a little taller), with this rack on it.

http://www.xt225.com/fabads/2008_08_15/ ... %20Ad.html

Due to the design of the rack, it is possible to bolt almost anything to the top and sides without drilling holes. I had a 24"x24" piece of plywood bolted to it, and was able to carry a tent, stove, light, sleeping bag, basically enough stuff for a week long camping trip back into the desert. I also have a 4 gallon Clark tank on the bike, and use tank panniers and a front fender bag. Right now I am using a cheap aluminum suitcase from Lowes as a tail trunk. They are light enough that you could actually use 2, stacked and bolted together, then tie stuff on top with a bungee net. TWO milk crates can also be made to fit this rack, with a piece of plywood bolted on top for them to sit on.

https://picasaweb.google.com/Gerald2550/BoxCanyon

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