Saturday February 17, 2018 Guerneville CA.
What works and what doesn’t
I got all my motorcycle carrier parts painted yesterday so today was the day to assemble the parts and try it out to see what works and what doesn’t.
Here’s all the painted parts ready to be assembled.
The main part of the carrier is bolted to the trailer hitch with a three quarter inch bolt.
Here’s the unit assembled.
This is the hand winch and bracket that will be mounted on the rack on top of the van.
Here’s the unit in the up position.
Let’s try my quad
The other day I realized I could likely put one of my quad runners up there so I tried it to see how it would work out. It was a bit auk word, but I was able to get the quad up all the way, but didn’t get a picture of it. I did find that I would have to redo the mounting bracket to make this work with the quad if I decided to do this with the quad.
Trying Barry’s Honda
About the time I was ready to try it all the way up my brother Barry came by on his Honda 23o dirt bike. Good timing as I needed a motorcycle to try out to see how it would work.
Not looking good
We put his bike on the rack. I didn’t like it. It was hard for one person to get the mount attached and the front tire was getting in the way of the winch strap that would rise it up. Not good.
Discussing the problems
So we sat and discussed the problems thinking of ways around the problems.
What if we mount the bike horizontal instead of vertical? We tried his bike but the mount wasn’t right to hold the bike upright.
But my cardboard bike worked ok.
Mounting the bike this way solves all of the problems.
I need to remake the main mount that goes under the bike to make this work this way. Once that is done I’ll try it again.
You have to start somewhere
Sometimes things don’t always work out the way we want them to. But building something for the first time one should expect things not to work out the first time. Getting to a finished product requires making something to get started to get to a finished product, or not.
Things didn’t go quite as planned today, but things did go.
That was my day.