My New Rack and Rear End

Rack & Rear End

The Chrome Fairy stopped by the Green household over the holidays and dropped off some goodies for my Super Glide.  There was a 7-inch chrome luggage rack and a layback license plate & frame to dress up my bike’s rear end.  He also dropped off some highway pegs with heel stirrups.

Kuryakyn stirrup peg 8076

Although I did go for a short ride on Christmas day, I did not really get a chance to try out the cruise pegs (made by Kuryakyn).  I am excited at the prospect that the stirrups will add a little more for me to secure my foot on since my legs barely reach the cruise pegs.  But since we have now winterized my bike, it will have to wait until the spring for a review on how well they work out for me.

Anyway, back to my rack and rear end….

Harley-Davidson describes my Super Glide as “a pure riding machine or a blank canvas for your custom vision.”  This is actually one of the reasons I chose this model in the first place.  I do like the stripped down pure machine look of it, however its blank canvas status leaves the bike seriously lacking in the amenities department.  As Joker has previously stated, the stock license plate mount on Harleys is cheesy and ridiculous.  The plate stands erect as if injected with too much Viagra, and the bracket only provides support in the middle of the plate leaving the top corners vulnerable to catch on everything that swings by them and get all bent up.  So I really wanted to get a sleek laydown plate.  Jay (aka the Chrome Fairy) also got me a very nice frame to accent the whole piece.

He went to purchase the Harley Davidson Layback License Plate unit that costs $41.95 part# 60280-07. One of the the guys at the parts counter at Hannum’s Harley Davidson recommended the unit made by V-Twin part# 31-3943 which can be mounted at two different angles and costs $30.99. He used the extra money he saved to buy the Chrome Harley Davidson License Plate Frame part# 60050-01 which retails for $21.95

As much as I like the sleek look of the back fender with the solo seat, I did have a problem with not having a way to carry along anything that didn’t fit in my fork bag.  I would say the vast majority of bikes have passenger seats, so demand for a solo ride luggage rack is apparently scarce.  We did find one at the Dennis Kirk website (where you can check out pictures of that mysterious blonde model).  This slightly larger rack is made by Motherwell for a Dyna and is an inch wider than the standard 6″ rack.  It should do a great job of supporting a tail bag, so I can bring along that extra sweatshirt or rain gear.  I am still totally impressed at just how perfectly the curved line of the rack matches the curve of my fender!

Check out these before and after pictures:

 Before After

What do you think?  Everything just “fits” together so well!  It looks like it was designed that way.  All of the lines blend perfectly.  I get to keep my pure machine look while adding just a little bling.