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post #1 of 11 Old 08-25-2019, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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I’m a musician and would love to figure out how to mount a small amp and bass guitar case on the bike. I’ve seen all kinds of things on motorcycles in Europe, but can’t find anything like a gun or freight type rack ready-made, so I figure I’ll need to build something myself.

Anyone ever done anything similar?
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I sometimes go surfing. Where there is a will there is a way. Offers some side impact protection too.
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You're joking right? The engine makes all the right sounds, why ruin it by adding a guitar?

However if you added a Moog Modular Synthesizer Model IIIp (p is for portable) with both a keyboard and ribbon controller, ancillary 905 sequencers, preset modules, patch cables and a Tektronix oscilloscope now we're talking! Just remember they like a steady and regulated power source that comes with the use of a UPS and you'll still need a sound system to play it through. Oh the Moog doesn't have Bluetooth, so it will have to be hard wired into the K's sound system if you don't use the aux input. Just don't expect the stock speakers to last very long with the sonic qualities that this instrument is capable of producing. I'd mount it to a luggage rack.



What was your question again?
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The engine makes all the right sounds, why ruin it by adding a guitar?
He didn't say he was adding a guitar. He said he was adding a bass.

And everyone knows bass players aren't real guitar players...

Bob—there used to be a guy who made FlatBed Luggage Racks for the BMW LT and RT that sat over the passenger seat, but unfortunately he's out of business now.

Perhaps you could fab up something like this:





With the right mounting system, you'd be able to take it on and off easily as needed.

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Greetings!
I’m a musician and would love to figure out how to mount a small amp and bass guitar case on the bike. I’ve seen all kinds of things on motorcycles in Europe, but can’t find anything like a gun or freight type rack ready-made, so I figure I’ll need to build something myself.

Anyone ever done anything similar?
Can't help you with something pre-fab but if it were my project I would start with the pannier. Most likely the right side. I would look for a used internal part, the part that mounts to the bike or a pull that's been in a wreck. The shiny ones cost too much

Using that pannier I would start modifications by converting it into a vertical, flat plate keeping the mounting points intact. This gets rid of most of the original bag but gets you something with known good mounting points and if you do it right, you can probably still use the quick release mechanism.

The amp can go on the back in replacement of the top case, making a rack for that would be pretty straightforward.

The other option would be a small trailer. My concern there would be how light the bass and amp would be, most trailer suspension systems are designed for a bit more weight.
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He didn't say he was adding a guitar. He said he was adding a bass.

And everyone knows bass players aren't real guitar players...

Bobthere used to be a guy who made FlatBed Luggage Racks for the BMW LT and RT that sat over the passenger seat, but unfortunately he's out of business now.

Perhaps you could fab up something like this:





With the right mounting system, you'd be able to take it on and off easily as needed.



This goes along with your observation about bass players...








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Thanks for the input! I’m actually an upright player who has had to learn to play bass guitar because my left hand is wearing out on me.

I am, in fact, a one trick pony: I don’t sing, rarely do a solo, but since we are a trio, I do a fair amount of lead/melody.

I intend to fab a rack to the tail, remove the side box and fab another rack with a padded “pocket” to the exhaust hanger. I looked at lock mechanisms at fleabay, but I’m not sure it’s worth spending the money.

Another project!
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And everyone knows bass players aren't real guitar players...
I have to admit, bass players probably aren't considered real guitar players and likely because they are more at home in the rhythm section. Besides, most don't have the inflated egos sufficient to play guitar.

All in good fun

Lugging bass gear around might convince a guy to play piccolo.

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I have to admit, bass players probably aren't considered real guitar players and likely because they are more at home in the rhythm section. Besides, most don't have the inflated egos sufficient to play guitar.

All in good fun

Lugging bass gear around might convince a guy to play piccolo.

Try lugging around a Modular Moog,
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Greetings!
I’m a musician and would love to figure out how to mount a small amp and bass guitar case on the bike. I’ve seen all kinds of things on motorcycles in Europe, but can’t find anything like a gun or freight type rack ready-made, so I figure I’ll need to build something myself.

Anyone ever done anything similar?
I have at least the attachment solution. I have had several people use my blocks and attachment plate to make their own freight rack. I can also make you a custom plate if you like. I have attached my Passenger backrest thread showing pictures of the plate and blocks. Post #4 shows a video of the backrest being attached. Just omit the backrest and make it your custom plate. This solution will give you a safe way to attach your stuff. Dan

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