Unicycle Rack for a Motorcycle (the UniRack)

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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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    Interesting example of a purpose-built rack. You are very good at welding, as bike tubing is very thin. I would be careful of a wheelie, though. If you go over backwards with this arraignment, you will break your spine.
    Good Luck, and keep thinking!!

    Very fun! My favorite term in the world is now: "standard 24" mountain unicycle." I simply had no idea mountain unicycles had been efficiently standardized! Actually, I had no idea there WERE mountain unicycles! Learning about unicycles was as fun as the instructible! But now I'm off to hit the slopes with my standard 11.5" mountain roller skates. (joking, but now wouldn't be surprised if actually ARE such things as mountain roller skates) Cheers! -Jim

    wouldnt 11.5" roller skates have crazy huge wheels??

    that would be a size 11.5 shoe if I'm not mistaken.

    LOL! Yeah, mountain unicycling, or muni, is quite popular now. Check out unicycle.com for popular flavors.

    Amazing! Had I a motorcycle I'd Muni all the time just to show this thing off.

    For a moment there I though you were going to make a unicycle our of a motorcycle. Ah well - I can dream, can't I? :-D

    At first I thougt it was going to be a rack you put on your unicycle for a motorcycle.... XD