This is a placeholder for my next project (this one then onto the side bags ). I'll just start it and post updates until it's done so hopefully the result is a step by step almost anyone can replicate using common materials and some basic hand tools. The goal is to make up a rear rack plate that can hold most any topcase, softbag and double up as a rear passenger back rest holder. When done you should be able to remove it without using any special tool in a minute or so and no have drilled into or modified any part of your VFR-X
Here is the materials list:
A piece of cardboard, thin foam board or similar. This will be used to make up the template and expect to go through that process a couple times to get the topcase plate just the right size and design for you.
One piece of sheet plastic, it could be ABS, Delrin (more $$), Nylon, Starboard or even aluminum if you must have that. The piece can be whatever size you want within reason, just consider what you'll mount onto that and allow for anything hanging off the sides like bags to clear.
Some 14/20 screws (or M6) with washers, nuts. The sizes will be identified as we go along.
A piece of rubber mat the same size as the finished top rack plate.
Tools needed in fabrication:
Fine tooth hand saw (can also be used if the plate is made from aluminum)
A ### file (any fine toothed file works too)
Some sandpaper (100 and 200 grit)
A scotch pad (Red, Gray)
A drill. If you don't have a drill it doesn't matter, you can use the bits that have a hex style base and use a screw drive that accepts the bits that also have that type of base. They are pretty common,
A heatgun or hair dryer.
4 standoffs, if you like fancy get the chromed ones but stainless steel or nylon works just as well. If you can't find them, you can cut from the plastic sheet a few pieces to make the right height standoffs, I'll go through that to show how I do it.
Scissors. Rather than use the paper scissors that might cause concern with the spouse, tin snips, cloth shears or even diagonal cutters work well. Bare bones would be a box cutter (I often go that route).
This project should cost no more than about $20 USD and take as long as you want it to. It should be possible to do finish it in a few hours tops. Since I often have 5 projects or more all going at the same time plus home stuff and rides, it might take a week going at it bit by bit.
You can easily vary the size and some design elements to suit your individual needs.