Kawasaki Versys: Apple computer rack

The Kawasaki Versys gets a re-appropriated Apple computer as a rear rack...

The Kawasaki Versys gets a re-appropriated Apple computer as a rear rack…

Frustrated by your Apple Computer?  Take a grinding wheel to it!  Since acquiring the Kawasaki Versys, I have been searching for a reasonably priced rear rack solution.  Problem is: they don’t exist.  Oh, there are plenty of racks out there – they just aren’t cheap!

Kawasaki Versys gets storage from 1’s and 0’s

These arms will support the rear rack for the Kawasaki Versys...

These arms will support the rear rack for the Kawasaki Versys…

Several companies make rear rack solutions for the Kawasaki Versys, including Givi and a few others.  They are nice, but the price is through the roof.  So when I found myself in possession of an out-of-date Apple desktop computer – in all it’s aluminum glory, I hatched a hare-brained scheme…

Taking a cue from a member of the Kawasaki Versys forum, who custom makes rear top racks for these bikes, I decided to tear the Apple Computer apart, and re-purpose the material for this project.  I used the photos of his basic design to sketch out the plans, and then went to work disassembling the computer.  I can tell you, I used every single screwdriver, of every type we had in the garage, for this project.  These computers are overbuilt – and the sheer number and variety of fasteners proves it.  But eventually I had it all apart.  This left me with a decent amount of raw aluminum, ready for chopping.

The Apple computer parts chopped and mocked up on the Kawasaki Versys...

The Apple computer parts chopped and mocked up on the Kawasaki Versys…

Once the raw material was ready for cutting, I mocked up an outline with cardboard, to dictate the cuts I would make.  A few tweaks later, and I had a good basis for the rack.  Then comes the filing….

There is something to say for being safe when cutting raw materials, so that you don’t find yourself with parts that are cut too short or incorrectly.  But then again, there is something to say for getting it CLOSE!  I played it too safe, and spent the better part of a day filing the parts to the size I wanted.

Once the aluminum matched my cardboard templates, I took it out to the bike, and mocked up what it would look like.  The side rails will replace the black passenger hand rails in the photo above.  They will be shaped, and some holes or slits added, to add more styling than the way they look now.

I always like the look of these Apple desktops, and now an old, abandoned one will provide me with a cheap alternative for a rear, top rack…

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