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Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:10 pm
by Aussie81Interstate
Hi Guys,

As some of you may know - the weather in NSW - particularly Sydney and regions has copped a massive amount of water in the last several days. So much that I actually left my bike overnight at a railway station as I wasn't going to ride home in the weather.

I normally leave my helmet and gloves locked in the top box - so when I opened it up I was surprised everything including the bag liner was moist - and there was a puddle of water in the bag liner and my gloves were soaked. It took me a little while to find out that the water soaked through - or dripped through either the rear trunk rack mounts or the actual carry handle.

So I used a little bit of bicycle inner tube to now seal up these areas a little bit more effectively. I took a few photos - but simply a section of rubber on both sides of the rack mount and another section under the carry straps on either side. Also put a little bit of silicon sealer under the outside rubber this should squeeze around the holes in the top case.

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:24 pm
by littlebeaver
Looks good,,, I'm sure it will keep the water out...

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:43 pm
by WingAdmin
littlebeaver wrote:Looks good,,, I'm sure it will keep the water out...
I don't know if it LOOKS good, I'm sure it will be water tight. I would probably trim around the pieces of tube on the top side, so as to not have the square corners of tube flapping in the breeze.

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:02 pm
by littlebeaver
Ok I half way lied,, it looks like Mickey Mouse put the freakin thing on there,, but Im sure the water stays out,,,there..I said it... :lol: In all honesty...lol

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:39 pm
by Aussie81Interstate
I'm ashamed and embarrased (not really) - but I'll get around tuit in due course. :D

my bikes have never been show ponies- but more I believe in good working condition - but not to the state of a RAT bike.. :lol:

some people would disagree...

I want to make sure it keeps the moisture out first before I trim them a bit. But I don't want to cut through the plastic either with a sharp knife or cutter.

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:43 pm
by littlebeaver
I think it's fine... :D

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:53 am
by Aussie81Interstate
rain today and no water I could see inside tonight

expecting lots more tomorrow - so if all things are good will trim the excess this weekend

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:15 am
by dingdong
Or you could go to the hardware store and for 5 cents each get some rubber washers to fit. ;)

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:31 am
by Aussie81Interstate
why spend money when I can have fun with simple innovations with things I have that don't cost me money....

and I get some more fun when people respond :)

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:40 am
by WingAdmin
dingdong wrote:Or you could go to the hardware store and for 5 cents each get some rubber washers to fit. ;)
That's the method I used. :)

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:51 am
by littlebeaver
I used the same, it still good after 5 years...

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:39 pm
by Aussie81Interstate
Bad weather overnight - and I have sprung a small leak from the rear most mount on the left hand side - just a few drops inside this morning.

Bike sits on the side stand all the time as the centrestand needs to be fixed because of corrosion and a little bend in it - making it sit too far forward and nearly impossible to get it on the stand and then off again.

There are also a few hairline cracks around the mounting hole which I may need to internally repair with a bit of fibreglass or some epoxy..looks like it could be seepage..so if I get a chance this weekend (unlikely as weather forecast predicts rain rain rain) I might be able to throw some more band aids at this issue.

cheers and quack :)

Re: Wet Weather and the results

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 9:05 am
by WingAdmin
Aussie81Interstate wrote:Bad weather overnight - and I have sprung a small leak from the rear most mount on the left hand side - just a few drops inside this morning.

Bike sits on the side stand all the time as the centrestand needs to be fixed because of corrosion and a little bend in it - making it sit too far forward and nearly impossible to get it on the stand and then off again.

There are also a few hairline cracks around the mounting hole which I may need to internally repair with a bit of fibreglass or some epoxy..looks like it could be seepage..so if I get a chance this weekend (unlikely as weather forecast predicts rain rain rain) I might be able to throw some more band aids at this issue.

cheers and quack :)
The best way to fix those cracks is with a small piece of ABS and some ABS cement (MEK). This will create a strong, permanent bond that will be stronger than the original piece. Have a look: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3246

I also added reinforcing ABS on the underside of my trunk to prevent this sort of cracking: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=690