Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Original Equipment Rear Rack - Sourced

I was able to secure an original equipment rear rack off of a beater 1989 NX125. Naturally, that large on-line auction site was the "source". How do I know the donor bike was a beater? Most of time, when I person parts out a bike, and subsequently offers those parts for sale, they post images of said parts. I reviewed all of the NX125 parts this person had to offer and it was pretty obvious that one bike was the source. It appears as if said bike was also painted with a brush and had seen a hard life. I corresponded with the seller, who was certainly nice enough (this is no reflection on him), but based on some of his statements, that NX was ridden hard and put away wet for most of its life (again, no reflection on the seller). Even as I look at the rack, it appears to be tweaked, slightly twisted in such a way as to indicate it hit a solid surface most likely when the bike was dropped. The rear turn signals, along with the special mounting brackets were not even on the NX when the seller acquired the bike. So much for lucking into some rare and expensive parts.

I found some images, on-line, of a 1989 or 1990 NX125 rear rack. The rack I bought needs a good cleaning and to be powder coated. I have to decide which color; silver to match the frame or black as from the factory.

This image better shows how those distinctive brackets orient the turn signals above and to the rear of the mounting bolt on the side of the rack.

I find this picture to be most revealing; it shows that those grommeted holes, in the rear fender, are not for a rack locating pins (as originally theorized) but instead are for the turn signal wiring.

Here is a quick mock-up of how the rack will look on my NX. I will be using a set of Suzuki DRZ400 turn signals in place of the difficult to find original equipment units. As you can see, the Suzuki brackets orient the turn signals into almost the exact same position as they were from the factory. What I will not be doing is drilling holes into my rear fender (for the wiring). I will run the wires along the main rack support until they clear the main gusset (right above the trailing edge of the tool pouch holder (in this image). At that point the wiring will duck under the rear fender and follow the molded-in channels towards the connection point in the main harness (under the seat).

For fun, I checked to see if the Honda TransAlp rack plate would fit (to provide a larger platform). It snaps right into place. Sweet. That also means I could revert to the Givi Top Case if I wanted. I wouldn't mind using the top case on this rack because it will be more securely mounted to the bike (than my home-made rack is/was).

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