Finding a home for Lewis and Clark

To make our summer trip more interesting, we decided to take along a pair of motorcycles.  We purchased a pair of Bashan Storm 250 Dual-Sport motorcycles.  We named them Lewis and Clark, so we could say things like “We explored the desert with Lewis and Clark.”  They come in a box from China and look like this when assembled:

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Of course, we need a way to carry the motorcycles.  Ultimately I’d like to convert our 5th wheel into a toy hauler, but for now the quickest solution is to mount them on the front of the truck.  I started with a store-bought front hitch receiver:

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I then welded two more receivers to the bar, one of each end:

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The triple receiver mounted:

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I bought some steel and laid out how I thought the rack would be configured:

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We adjusted distances using clamps and tested the fit:

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I screwed the rails to be beams and then welded everything together:

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I then cut and bent up and welded the end of the rail as a rear wheel holder:

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Lewis and Clark on the rack:

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The rack installed:

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Since the motorcycles block the truck’s lights, I welded a receiver to the front of the rack and fabricated a light bar using some steel and a snowplow light kit:

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I had to remove the truck’s headlights and splice into the wires, then run wiring harnesses out to the light bar.  Using toggle switches I mounted under the hood of the truck, I can route power to either the truck’s lights or the snowplow lights:

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All done!

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Lewis and Clark are ready for action!

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