Street Glide Luggage Rack

After getting a tiny scratch on the bottom of one of the hard saddle bags of my new Street Glide while cleaning it I decided to construct a luggage rack for safe storage of not only the saddle bags but the trunk as well.

Glide Luggage Rack


The construction begins with a Sears metal table saw stand. The saddle bags are stored on cantilevers consisting of 4″ wide boards extending 12″ beyond the sides of the stand. All wood framing is secured to the stand with 3/4″ pan-head screws from the bottom. The fitting of the trunk with its permanently attached two-point attaching hardware to the top of the stand requires a bit more measuring and cutting to obtain a secure, safe fit. The following view from the side shows this fitment in more detail.

Side View of Fitment

There are several fitment elements shown in the picture. First, the lower connection uses a 1/2″ galvanized thinwall pipe, slightly wider than the chrome frame that fits perfectly to the front connection. A copper pipe, also 1/2″ id, but with a slightly smaller outside diameter than the galvanized thinwall, fits perfectly in the attaching, cammed fitment in the rear of the two-point chrome frame. The wooden ends supporting the pipes are glued and screwed, from underneath, to the supporting boards. A small hole is drilled through the top of one end of each support into the pipe, with the pipe secured to the frame with a small finishing nail dropped into that hole, holding the pipe in place. The measurements for a two-point vs four-point attaching hardware will be slightly different. Constructing the lower (galavanized, thinwall) attaching rod first, and then mounting the truck to that rod, supporting the rear of the trunk with pieces of scrap lumber, or cardboard until level is obtained, and then measuring the height of the rear attaching cam above the level of the front rod will provide the height of the rear support frame for the copper pipe.

This modified stand provides a safe storage for not only the trunk but also the saddle bags after cleaning, or removal when not being used.

Not visable in either picture are the 7/32″ O-rings that are pushed onto each of the four pins used to attach the sidesaddles to the bike to keep those pins from falling into the inside of the saddlebags during mounting. Pushing the O-rings onto the pins, past the attaching, sharp, camming slots can be achieved by turning the pin in the opposite direction used for mounting, and pushing the O-ring with a thumb-nail, being careful not to damage the O-ring in the process. The O-ring will keep the pins in place during mounting or removal, and eliminate that annoying searching for the pin (and washer) amongst all the junk in the saddlebag!


About justanoldguy

Retired Computer Programmer. Born and Raised in Missouri. Graduated from Missouri School of Mines in 1964. Retired in 2003. Moved to Colorado in 2010. Enjoying good health and 'front range'. Touring frequently on Can-Am Spyder motorcycle. Skiing during the Winter months at Monarch Mountain Ski Area (for free!).
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