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    It's time for something different; so, I'm turning my '56 KHK into a sports tourer. By its very nature, it is sporty. All I have to do is slap period correct bags and rack on it so that it can haul enough stuff to be a tourer. Fortunately, I have the bags and mounting bracket. They are rough, but serviceable.

    My questions are:
    What does a period correct luggage rack look like for this model with the correct dual seat?
    Where can I acquire such a luggage rack?
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
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    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    The factory luggage rack will not fit with the dual seat. I have never seen an aftermarket rack that does. I suspect you will have to fabricate something to fit.
    Robbie
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    check the late sixties or seventies sportster. there was one that stuck out the back.

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15267931@N04/7466899254/

    Here is one on a 1969, good luck trying to find one. It is a factory piece. It's the best pic I have hope this helps.
    Last edited by murph; 06-29-2012 at 10:50 AM.

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    Default '56 KHK luggage rack for dual seat version

    I found a Harley parts book showing luggage racks for K/Sportster models. Unfortunately, this website will not let me attach a .pdf file of those items. The stock numbers are 53404-54 (flat steel) and 53405-69 (tube) I have seen the flat steel version, but not the tube type. The tube model seems to be right for the '56 KHK. Now, all I have to do is find one! Any suggestions?
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
    www.virmc.com

    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    coolbreeze,
    There is only one luggage rack for the KH/KHK, and it is the flat steel bolted up type.
    Note the numbers you posted. The last two digits of any H-D part number are the first year it was used, or the year before, when it was designed. Any part with a -69 number did not exist until Ks were just a distant memory!
    Robbie
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    I am having a flat steel/tube hybrid luggage rack fabricated for the KHK. To me, it looks like it belongs on the bike. I imagine purists will disagree. When it is finished, I'll post before and after photos. The base rack came off of a '90s something Softtail.
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
    www.virmc.com

    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    The side sheet metal will be cut straight and bungee hook holes may be added to make it more functional. I am trying to get Photobucket to load the photo of how the luggage rack looked at the swap meet before it was modified. If Photobucket ever gets its act together, I will share that photo also. When the luggage rack is complete, I'll post the final photos.
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
    www.virmc.com

    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    This is what the luggage rack looked like when purchased at a swap meet. The curved sides followed the curve of the rear fender of the big twin Harley to which it was designed to be attached. Once we shave down the sides so it looks more like the 1956 rack, this should look pretty sweet on the KHK. Note that the supports have been cut off and new supports attached at a different angle.

    The sticker on the rack says not to exceed 10 pounds. What rubbish! I put it on the floor, and it supported my weight (~190#) easily.
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
    www.virmc.com

    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    I think it is finished:


    Comments?
    George Tinkham
    Springfield, IL
    www.virmc.com

    1941 Indian 841
    1948 Indian Chief
    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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