Saturday January 27, 2018 Guerneville CA.
Slow start on the carrier project
It was cloudy out when I got it going this morning. I went out to start work on my van’s motorcycle carrier, but the cold went through me and I couldn’t get started.
Raspberry vine transplant
So I did something else which was to transplant this small raspberry plant that came up in my garden. I dug it up and moved it into one of the corners so it won’t be in the way. As it grows it will get a lot bigger and be in the way where it was.
Warming up and getting to work
By now the sun had come out and it was warming up a bit. I got my brother’s bike and brought it over to the work area for measurements.
Since I didn’t drill holes in my bracket, I needed something to hook a strap to the bracket which had big enough holes for the big hooks.
Using chain links for hooks
Testing the bracket with a strap
Here’s another look at the strap and bracket. I plan to make some hold down bolts for the bracket that will securely hold the bike to the bracket, although, it looks like the strap may work pretty well without the bolts.
Measuring for more holes
Here’s my work area where I’m figuring out where some bolt holes I need to drill go.
Lifting pipe attached
I may not need that lifting pipe as I have a small crane on the top back of the van to lift it once I figure it out. It’s the yellow strap on the top seen in the above photo.
Taking it all apart
Got the holes drilled
Checking with my motorcycle
Checking the winch
Here is my motorcycle being pulled up with my winch. I plan to shorten the winch bar eventually so it’s on the top of the van more.
By now the sun had already gone behind the mountains to my west so the chill was coming back which meant it was time to quit for the day.