The first XRL I owned, I sold to a good friend of mine called Monkey. She will be joining me in the United States at the end of summer 2009, if all goes to plan.

I had already done quite a few mods to the bike before I sold it (for a bargain-knock-down price!), and just before we packaged the bike up for shipping, Monkey and I knocked up a sexy little rear rack.



When mounting this tank I was keen to leave the bike as un-molested as possible, and ideally to avoid welding the frame.

I have copied below, the post I put on Horizons Unlimited, after I finished the modification;


I've now got the tank mounted, and sufficiently unashamed with the job I did, I thought I'd have a go at posting some photos.

The mounting kit that comes with the tank is laughably low quality, and the intended mount setup is shocking.
I went for a different approach, and time will tell if it was a good idea or not.

Photos should explain, but here's what I did...

1-Used 4 1/2" angle grinder to remove elephant ears from frame
2-Cut, punched and folded 3mm stainless plate to mimic acerbis provided plate, but posn tank 15mm further back to prevent foul of triple clamps on tank
3-Cut replacement indicator brackets from Ali angle to prevent indicators fouling tank
4-Cut about 5mm from each of the noggins that hold the rubber bungs under the tank (as mentioned in previous posts, tank is a very tight fit over these)
5-Machined 2 (handed) ali blocks that fit round frame, where ears used to be, allowing oil tube and elec cable to pass through
6-Templated relationship between 3 tapped holes in each side of the tank, and the 8.5mm holes in my clamps.
7-Cut this template into 4mm Ali sheet
8-Bolt this lot together with a bit if old inner tube to cushion where required, and a few spacers round the clamp
9-Drill a couple of holes in the RH plate, to re-locate the reg/rect.

I think that was about it, if anyone wants more info, I'd be more than happy to help.
I've got a couple of the rear tank brackets if anyone wants, and I can make up more ali clamp blocks if there's a need.





Monkey was keen to keep things as simple as possible, no hard luggage, nothing complex.

She will be coming to the US straight from a spot of backpacking in Asia, and plans initially just to strap her rucksack to the bike. I offered to do a rack.

The intention is then to maybe get some soft throw-over panniers. Fortunately I used this bike to do the Ripley Horizons Unlimited meet in 2008, and made some rails to support the soft luggage I had.

We had this lot powder-coated in something close to Honda Red, and she`s good to go.

Here are the bits we did...






I just wanted to crowbar these photos in somewhere really.





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