Introduction: Unicycle Rack for a Motorcycle (the UniRack)
How to build a unicycle rack for a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Don't let riding your motorcycle stop you from riding your unicycle! Supports both a 20" trials unicycle, and also a standard 24" mountain unicycle.
Step 1: Cut Up an Old Bicycle
First off, you need some steel. I used an old bicycle and cut it up with a sawzall. After cutting the steel into manageable lengths, it is a good idea to remove the paint.
Step 2: Figure Out Where to Mount It
Figure out a good spot on the motorcycle to mount the rack. For my Harley Sportster, that was on the rear shock mount. Heat up the end of one of the tubes with a torch and flatten it it out on an anvil. Then drill a hole that will allow your bolt to pass through
Step 3: Weld a Simple Square Together
Basically, you are welding a simple square together. Mount the two pieces you cut in the previous step to the side of the motorcycle and cut a piece that fits in the middle. Cut it off at a 45 degree angle and weld it together.
Step 4: Weld a Vertical Post to the Top of the Square Box
Next, you want something to hold the frame to. So, take a piece of tubing and cut a semicircle on it. I used a dremal, which isn't the easiest way to do it, but works. Weld the post vertical, and test fit the unicycle to it with a bungee cord.
Step 5: Weld on a Horizontal Post
Next, you need to find the good spot to place a horizontal post. To make it work with a 20" and a 24" uni, I had the post just above the tire on a 20", and just below the rim on a 24" (going through the spokes -- see the last picture). After you find the sweet spot, cut the two posts to fit at 45 degree angles and weld them together. I had the angles with the horizontal tube pointing slightly upward to hold it together a little tighter.
Step 6: Weld on Some Nubs for Bungee Cord Attachment
Finally, weld on some nubs for bungee cord attachment. I made these by bending some steel over in half, and then cutting the resulting half circle out.
Step 7: Bungee Your Unicycle on and Ride Away
Finally, just bungee the unicycle on tight, and ride away!
Be warned, this may be dangerous, so take care. I also carry a lock to lock the uni to my motorcycle when I'm not around.
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