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Project by MichaelT77 posted 696 days ago 1701 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a motortcycle a few years ago. Maybe I’ll put that story on a blog after a while. It was shortly after my no. 3 son came back from his second combat tour in Iraq (Marine Platoon Commander).
Anyway, it was not likely that my wife was going to ride on the back, so I removed the dual seat and replaced it with a single seat. I soon realized that, other than my pockets, I had no place to store stuff (maps, tools, water, parts). So, I bought and installed a luggage rack, and then built a box to mount on it.
The box is my own design, and I pretty much designed it (and changed it) during the building process. As a result, it’s a little rough.
It’s made of the red oak boards that you can buy off the shelf at Lowes, and square drive screws from McFeeleys. Box joints. No glue. No stain. Just a urethane finish. I had some left-over fiberglass cloth and some epoxy from a canoe I built several years ago, so I glassed the entire inside of the box and lid. It has a lock, as well.
Unfortunately, I rarely get a chance to ride, but I’ve been to the big motorcycle extravaganza in Johnstown, PA a few times (Thunder in the Valley). Thousands of motorcyles; 90% Harleys. I’ve had many HD owners come by to take pictures. Both the motorcycle and the box have received many compliments.
It was really my first wood project that I felt was worthy to come up out of the basement. I’ve made one more since then thinking, you know, that someone would buy it. No luck. So, it sits in my basement woodshop.
The picture of me is from a few years ago at the scenic overlook near the summit on PA Rt. 40, just south of Uniontown. The motorcycle is a Royal Enfield Classic Bullet 500. That’s 500 cc, single cylinder. I like it, and in my late 50s, it’s all the motorcycle I need.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA





11 comments so far

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DBoltz

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#1 posted 696 days ago

Nice box. If I ever get a motorcycle I’ll have to build one of these!

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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MickeyGee

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#2 posted 696 days ago

Very nice build – I’m impressed with the angled box joints and the finished box really suits the bike. Good match and a useful project! Thanks for sharing and ride safe!

-- -- Mike

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bowtie

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#3 posted 696 days ago

good looking box and bike, gives it a classic look. sure it beats wearing a backpack!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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Roger

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#4 posted 695 days ago

Beautiful bike,and nice box. That 2-wheeler is a gem.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 695 days ago

Beautiful bike, it looks like you put air filters on yours, did you adapt the Triumph’s or make your own.
Those old one lungers were great bikes. I liked the old Matchless Peerless 500 with the spark retard, you
could almost count the revs as you lugged up the hills. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you have many
happy miles left on that bike. I can see why they stop to see it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 695 days ago

A treasure chest to carry around. Good job.

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woodmaker

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#7 posted 695 days ago

Great box, and on a Royal Enfield to boot!
What a great looking bike; I’m jealous of you. :-)

-- Mike

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lumberdog

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#8 posted 695 days ago

That is a great looking bike and the box adds to it. I had a 500 Royal Enfield twin cylinder, twin carb in the early seventies it was a great riding road bike but i was more interested in off road riding so i sold it and bought a dirt bike, now i could kick my butt seven ways from Sunday for selling it. I have restored a couple of triumphs and a BSA and sold them also but i regret getting rid of the Royal Enfield the most. since the mid nineties i have been a HD rider. Again you have a great looking ride there.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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AKSteve

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#9 posted 695 days ago

I love those RE’s. and that box is super awesome. what a great fit and a great idea, I wonder if I can match something up like that for my Springer classic.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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Don W

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#10 posted 695 days ago

thats cool. I’ve looked at hard sided saddle bags, I never thought about making them. Great idea!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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MichaelT77

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#11 posted 694 days ago

Hey, check out that box!

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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