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    What Homemade Accessories, Gear, Tools, Improvements, Clothing Have You Made ?

    What stuff have you made out of need, necessity or just for the fun of it to improve your bike or working on it? I've seen many homemade saddlebags, fairing lowers and so many ingenious things, not to mention the "knick knacks", I can't remember them all. I always enjoy seeing them. Most people are proud of the things they make and are fun to speak with.

    I've tie wrapped GPS suction cup mounts to cockpits, made brackets for side view spot mirrors, and made homemade looking functional mud flaps, just to mention a few. I consider myself an amateur novice "piddler" after seeing some of the things out there. There are some very talented riders/enthusiast making things. I hope you show your stuff.

    John Britten poured an engine casting in his backyard and Burt Monroe cast his own pistons in the sand at the beach. I once saw 2 young riders on well used /2's at a rally, that appeared to have gotten together, not quite early enough to have made 2 sets of plywood panniers. Each rider seemed extremely proud to have a right one on one bike and a left one on the other, although no tops. Once I saw a 2nd paddle throttle assist on a left grip also. Huh?

    Pictures help a lot and are not too difficult to add (I did it once). Please tell us about your stuff.

    Charlie

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    OK, I'll start. Always liked the practicality of Bungee Buddies but hated their looks. Made these from some wire coat hanger and pop rivets.
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    Lots of home made farkles added to my bikes over the years. Some of the most recent stuff for my F800GS.

    Bar risers to work with the Steering damper mount.





    Fog light mounts to fit the Alt Rider crash bars



    Pelican case top box mounts.

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    having a mill for DIY projects is just so.. .. unfair.
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    Spot mirror mounts made from an old aluminum clipboard. Used the small adjustable spots that are still under $5.
    Tie wrapped metal clothes pin holds face shield squeegee when not in use. It was made with old wiper blade, elastic and Velcro to keep from losing. Very functional and a lot cheaper than the "real squeegees " that I lost a lot. Never found the right glue.You also had to buy 3 in a pack and only one size ever worked for me.

    Oh, and I've noticed as in Post #3, the nicest stuff usually comes from the cleanest shops. I need to clean the shop, although I doubt that will help.


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    Heated jacket liners. 75 watts. Total cost was 30 bucks for two of them. made them 4 years ago, and are still working just fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    having a mill for DIY projects is just so.. .. unfair.
    What about a lathe? I have one of those too.

    It certainly is a game changer in the fabrication of things. I only recently got them; I did a lot of hacksaw and file work in the past.

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    Version 2 with improved mounting (because version 1 fell off after a year of use).









    I went overboard with the sealant because it was the end of the tube with too much to throw away but not enough for another job.

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    Side case "chuck wagon."

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Brase View Post
    Side case "chuck wagon."
    You have Weed in your chuckwagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorradmike View Post
    You have Weed in your chuckwagon.
    Without the weed he would not be hungry enough to need a chuckwagon...
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    Must be dessert for Colorado camping ?
    "J" certainly seems to well stocked/organized. Well done !
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    Vario Case latch safety straps.
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    Electric Vest

    In the past I've made a heated vest. I took a nice vest that had a lining, spit the seam along the bottom, removed the resistor wiring from an old electric blanket and used ten feet of it (trial and error), turned the vest inside out from the split seam, laid the wire in the pattern I wanted, held it in place with Stitch Witchery, soldered a plug to the end of the resistor wire accessible through my left vest pocket, turned it back right side out and sewed up the split seam. Then just wired he bike with a fused switch and plug to match the vest. Worked well for many years.
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    Here's an easy one I did to lock two helmets.

    Attach some steel cable to the underside of the front seat half.


    There's a handy hook already under the rear seat half.


    Helmet locked to bike.


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    And here is one I did that's not so easy but it's still one of my favourites. I can't always see the RID gear indicator easily so I put in a nice bright blue one where the ABS lights go(if you have ABS).
    Farkle
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    1978 Yamaha XS750 (Needs rings), 1996 BMW R1100RS, 2004 Honda CRF230F

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