This project's funding goal was not reached on March 22, 2013.
About this project
ROCKET-RAIL is a new take on mounting accessories to your sport motorcycle. By utilizing the fork bolts, which are a prominent feature on almost all sport motorcycles, the ROCKET-RAIL mates to your bike without modification and in a way that the ROCKET-RAIL actually becomes a structural component of the motorcycle. CNC cut from 1/4" 6061 aluminum plate, the ROCKET-RAIL provides a secure, stable, vibration free mounting platform for a variety of electronics. The ROCKET-RAIL secures to the protruding fork bolts of your bike by a pair of 4-40 Torx screws. Once tightened, the ROCKET-RAIL is secure enough to even allow the lifting of the front end of the bike by the ROCKET-RAIL. The included and standard Phenolic ball is sized for all Garmin GPS mounting brackets. The hardware and design allow for a range of ball mounting options and sizes. Additional space to either side allow the use of any number of third party mounts such as for the GoPro HERO or the ROKFORM iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3 mounting solutions. No matter what accessories are mounted, full range of steering motion is maintained. ROCKET-RAIL keeps your electronics secure, out of the way, and quickly referenced just below the instrument cluster. Whether you're navigating down the road, streaming to your bluetooth headset, or filming a lap around the track, ROCKET-RAIL increases safety by keeping your mind off the off your gear.
As a manufacturer with 16 years experience in the design and production of measuring instruments used in anthropology, paleontology, and the forensic sciences, I sought a way to mount a Garmin GPS to my new Honda CBR250R. The bike I bought to make the 100 mile round trip to grad school every Saturday. Finding only cheap plastic "C" clamps and big clunky tank bags, I spent an afternoon sitting and staring at the handlebars of my bike trying to think of a new way to securely mount my GPS. Then it hit me, two giant fork bolts, right below the instrument cluster and protruding enough to hold a plate between them, much like a strut tower brace on a sports car. I prototyped with my CO2 laser and acrylic sheets, moved to my wire EDM and plate aluminum, and the next day I had my first ROCKET-RAIL. I use my ROCKET-RAIL on every ride to mount my GPS or iPhone. With over fifteen hundred miles logged since design, I am sure you will find the ROCKET-RAIL as useful to you as I have.
I am excited to offer this simple yet elegant design to my fellow sport bike riders. Completing a survey of all the major motorcycle manufacturers, I have found that a ROCKET-RAIL can be tailored to almost every sport motorcycle made, with only a few exceptions. Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Ducati, Triumph all have several models which feature a fork bolt configuration that will allow the mounting of a ROCKET-RAIL. Plans to offer a variety of colors are in the works and will be unveiled during development.
1/4" CNC Cut 6061 Aluminum Plate
43/64" Phenolic Ball Standard for All Garmin Brand Mounting Brackets
Other GPS or RAM Ball Mounts Available to Match Your GPS
Two 4-40 Torx Screws Grip Your Bike's Fork Bolts for Secure Installation
Room for Additional Accessories Such as GoPro and ROKFORM
No Interference with Switches, Gauges, Keys, or Handlebar Movement
Risks and challenges
The design and testing of the ROCKET-RAIL is complete for the Honda CBR250R and can ship within weeks of successful funding. Design and production on additional models depends on the interest for each year, make, and model. Obviously there are hundreds of variations out there and some sport motorcycles do not have protruding fork bolts that can accommodate the current ROCKET-RAIL design, such as the new Kawasaki Ninja 300. Those models will take additional time to reach production, or require a completely new approach. Because design and development require an example of the sport motorcycle being designed for, older or obscure models will take additional time as I will have to seek out a physical example of that year, make, and model for prototyping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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