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Hi James, Unfortunately the Canvas Cover option will not be available without the project going ahead since we need to mass production (100 units minimum) to get the price down. However, we can discuss via PM the option for the instruction set and help out with any questions for getting the canvas made up locally.
If the campaign does not fund successfully, will there still be the option to purchase plans and con as cover?
Perfect...thanks for the info!!! (And offer to speak)
I went and had a look at the 1200GSA rack today and I think this would be ideal. What I would do is use u-bolts at the back and then towards the front you could run an aluminium or steel bar long enough to extend past the rack on either side and about 50mm wide and 4mm/2mm thick for aluminium/steel, then you'd need 4 holes drilled into this bar, lined up with the holes on the base. There is plenty of room for all this.
If you'd like to organise a phone call to discuss options, please either private message me through our facebook page (Facebook.com/ThePackTrack) or email us at woof@ThePackTrack.com. Happy to chat and work out a solution.
Photos of the mounting you've done (from above and below) would also be helpful...Cheers!
Many thanks, Stu.
Thanks for the photos...I'll have a look tonight. My GSA already has a rear rack, so I'd rather use or augment that one, if possible. Looking forward to making this work ;)
Sorry for the delay, been riding around with the dogs and I wanted to answer this question as best I could rather than a quick mobile phone answer.
Anyway, I have screenshots of the CAD drawing which I think is easiest for you. The mounting system is very deliberately simple to allow you to customise it to your bike. What you have is a 4mm blank sheet of aluminium and our recommended mounting technique is to use u-bolts around a tubular rear rack with a few holes needing drilling into the blank sheet.
You certainly could bolt the Pillion Pooch directly to an existing mounting plate provided it was sufficient to hold the weight.
I just had a look at the Metal Mule website and found these rear racks, are these not suitable?
Here is the links to photos of the base.
Hope this helps, please let me know if you need anything else.
Hi again...sorry to "spam"... ;) I really am interested in this product and hope to be a backer once I understand the mounting better. Aside from the good idea to recommend rack makers, since so many bikes out there (like mine) already have a rack, I think your potential backers need to know more about the floor frame of the pooch carrier, and some photos of actual attachment on different bikes your've had experience with. For example, "Here is a schematic/photo of the underframe of the pooch carrier. As you can see, there are three longwise frame elements underneath that are 1/2" square/tubular aluminum. Our experience has shown that your intended motorcycle rack must have attachment to at least 2 of these tubular carrier frame elements, most likely, with u-bolts inserted from above (we recommend a minimum of 4 u-bolts for attachment). Once you decide on the optimal placement of u-bolts (or other hardware) you will need to drill these holes through the aluminum floor of the carrier"
Another strategy might be to show a schematic/photo of the floor and supports and show a shaded area, which is the minimum/critical area of the floor frame which must be directly supported by a rack from below.
I think this product is a great idea, and I wish it all the success in the world. For it to really take off, I'm guessing that folks like me need to know more about the bottom frame, see some attachment examples...just more detail/experience on this important facet of the product function/safety. Hope you take my comments in the helpful spirit they are intended to be...
For example, I am wondering if this pooch carrier could be secured to a plate of some sort instead of a tubular rack (a plate that was properly attached/supported, naturally, and able to support the rated capacity of the carrier).
I would like to see more detail of the bottom frame/floor assembly, so I can think on attachment options.
Many thanks on the reply. I'll have to contact Metal Mule and Happy Trails...I don't see off the shelf racks on their sites at the moment for R1200GSA. I might even look into DIYing a system. Cheers on a great idea.
Yes, it certainly could be setup to enable 2 humans and a Pillion Pooch, this is our setup on our 2 x 650GS's. It all depends on how it is mounted to your rear rack, you could easily set it up to be mounted in 2 positions, just a matter of where the holes are drilled for the u-bolts and how the rear rack works.
On a GSA 1200, would a human passenger still be able to sit in front of the pooch carrier?