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Old 11-05-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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finally hard cases and topcase on my ninja 250 *pics*

first step was to drill 2 holes into the rear passenger peg.. I dont use them anyway



flattening out with a hammer the iron pannier cage.


one arm on the side. Right now only being secured by two bolts. Just to see how it works.



the two bolts now tightened. This was probably the hardest part. And getting both sides to match


both arms on there



the arms come with attachments for the givi top case, but the thing wont match the 250. So the first thing to do is cut them out



here they are off the cage. Now we need to cut them again, and make them shorter so they can fit the top case.



here they are welded a little shorter





bike without the rear fairings



The top case is a little high up .. but i am going to test it out and see. If it bopthers me, then ill mount it a little lower

good thing is that both blinkers do not have to be relocated


additional support in the frame of the rear of the 250.



welding onto the frame


so there are two steel poles on each arm welded to the rear subframe supporting all the weight, and the weight is also supported in the rear footpegs










im pleased with it, my father does great welding
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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Looks nice, .. must have no place to put your stuff most of the time.
All that effort and weight (+15-20 lb. or more) added to your lightweight Ninja to carry another 30-40 lb. of stuff.. additional stress to the subframe.. more potential to bend the subframe when a dump occurs... I wonder if the handling is affected.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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the welds broke on the ride today. The brackets holding the rack were not strong enough. But the boxes were still good. Now its rewelded extra strong and it should.. hopefully last :)

tommorow first day commuting with the bags.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:58 PM   #4
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Looks great. One day I'll have a ninja 250. One day. I almost bought one Friday. I love the black/white ones and the 2010 green SE.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:18 PM   #5
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Good god that's hideous

Oh well...when you gotta carry a ton of crap around, ya gotta...
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:56 AM   #6
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Good god that's hideous

Oh well...when you gotta carry a ton of crap around, ya gotta...
i was expecting some praise lol. I think it looks pretty good. But function over form for sure :)
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:59 AM   #7
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Looks great. One day I'll have a ninja 250. One day. I almost bought one Friday. I love the black/white ones and the 2010 green SE.

Thanks studad. You should definatly get a 250. A great bike to commute on, and even tour. everyone told me it was going to be too slow etc.. and id get bored with it within 6 months, but 3 years later i still love riding it, and cant see myself riding anything else. good enough power for everyday riding, great mpg 70 avg, 300 miles to the tank, easy maintenance, very reliable.. and the tires last forever :)
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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i was expecting some praise lol. I think it looks pretty good. But function over form for sure :)
I think it looks awesome. Its those hippo hands that are hideous Seriously, awesome setup
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:48 PM   #9
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Scorch rules! Well you always said you'd do it someday, so what you waited like 50k miles before you got on that. Now you really can carry too much stuff! Nice job.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #10
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A guy has to have luggage to ride every day. Maybe one could get by riding every day as simply hobby riding, but to really get out there and be a motorcyclist day to day, you have to have a place to put all the things that you get, deliver, and use throughout the day/week/year.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:31 PM   #11
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load up those cases and go pull some wheelies!
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:38 PM   #12
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Good, creative job you did there Scorch

Always like to see where someone can modify or build something, to make it work out for their needs.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:34 PM   #13
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That mount would be significantly stronger if you had it connected to the rear subframe / rear seat area, rather than suspended above the rear seat like it is now. It will no doubt break again in short order. You've created a huge lever with insufficient support. Find a way to support integrate a support under that top box and you're going to get a significantly stronger setup. Right now, as it is... you're just asking for it to break into pieces again.. I realize you actually welded a portion to the rear subframe, but those pieces still seem rather prone to flex, given that they are welded in somewhat perpendicular to the subframe. Not that strong of a design, I'm afraid.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:09 AM   #14
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yup, i need to re work that subframe part because one of them broke again.

Ill figure it out im sure. But too much far back on th ebike and too much weight with vibration. But when it idoes not snap, it works great :)

I have 55k miles on the ninja now. Ill wait to 100k to get a aftermarket exhaust
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:24 AM   #15
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You did a great job on the racks and I think the bike looks good as a result.
The Givi E21's have long been my favorites due to their top loading utility.

I made pannier racks for my Aprilia using aluminum tubing ... no welding, and they attach at the rear pegs and grab handle.
They've been trouble free for two years ... Regards, Tom



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