I like to make stuff. I’m also cheap (right, so that’s why I got a BMW motorcycle?)! I’m going to step through how I made a set of mounts to attach 20 millimeter ammo cans to the factory pannier racks on a 2015 BMW F 800 GS Adventure. I found my ammo cans from a local Craigslist seller. If you are interested, search “large ammo can” on seattle.craigslist.com. They were $30 each and located in Tumwater. The cans are approx 8-3/8″ x 18-5/8″ x 14-7/16″ and weigh about 20 lbs each. I figure this is about comparable to a 36 liter pannier. He had a great inventory of all sorts of surplus ammo cans of various sizes. I painted mine black on the outside and silver (to make it easier to find stuff) on the inside.
I made a few test bends in some scrap I had. The “triangle” for the left side will be the trickiest. I had a few small pieces of 16 ga steel and a few pieces of aluminum. I liked how the aluminum bent and it’s weight, but I’m not able to weld it. Continue reading