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Hi guys, I've been looking for just the right rack for the rear of the TTR. Unfortunately, the only ones I could find were either too big (like to carry a deer) or I just didn't like the looks of them. The billet ones are a bit too flashy and don't appeal to me at all.

I do GPS mapping of farms as part of my business, so I need a little flat place to strap down some survey stakes, and a small hammer, etc.. The GPS unit & battery is in a small backpack so I could strap it onto the rack rather than wear it on hotter days.

I made the rack out of 1/2" OD steel tubing from Home Depot, and used a small tube bender I had in the garage. MIG-welded it all together, 'wrinkle-black' painted it and installed it this AM after the paint had dried.

It took longer to fabricate than I had estimated... probably 8-10 hours of fitting, fiddling and measuring, but it turned out OK. Bikes are my hobby, so it's just fun for me to do stuff like this.

It will suit my purposes exactly. It's really strong too... you could use it as a place to grab the bike to pull it out of a muddy hole (I've seen some of your photos!) or for use when loading and tying down the bike.

There aren't a lot of places to just bolt a rack onto the TTR250, and I wanted to avoid drilling holes in my new rear fender. Again, it's for utility, and I can always unbolt it in just a couple of minutes. I did drill two small hidden holes in the rear subframe loop under the fender to mount the rack. Here's a few pics:

Oh, and if you were wondering... I won't be mounting a milk crate on it!

See ya!!!

BLIGHT



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That's a very neat looking rack,well done.

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Nice and simple design - does the job you want - perfect biggrin

What's the betting you put a milk crate on at some stage - needs must when the devil drives wink

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tracker wrote:

That's a very neat looking rack,well done.


 Thanks!

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Nice and simple design - does the job you want - perfect biggrin

What's the betting you put a milk crate on at some stage - needs must when the devil drives wink

Brian


 

OK... maybe I'd consider it if the plastic milk-crate was Yamaha Blue!

Here's a nice rack from a USA rack manufacturer, but it's just too big for my liking. Good design though, and very strong (could carry a small deer/wild pig):

Here are a few other designs I looked at when designing mine:

Some of the pics are for other Yamaha models but a few makers offer racks specifically for the now defunct TTR250 (RIP) 

 

BLIGHT



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