Add Some Storage Space And Cover the Goats Gap On Your Vulcan
Bill Heuermann and Greg Shaffer
After relocating the rectifier on a Classic it's a fairly simple job to attach a tool bag or box to the stock rectifier bracket to fill the open space. On the right side to cover the open area left by removal of the "Goats Belly" you can make a skirt.
To hang a storage pouch: Make a 3 sided frame (Frame Plans Here) from 3/4" wide 16ga steel that mounts on the inside of the bag.. then that bolts to the bracket which also hides the open space not covered by the bag. (Bracket Cover Plans Here) Be sure not to interfere with the side stand. And make sure it is out away from the drive shaft enough to clear it.
To cover the "Goat Gap" on the right side of the bike: Make a 'skirt' (Plans Here ) from 16ga steel that bolts to two drilled/tapped holes in the bottom of the swing arm. Make sure it clears the rear part of the frame...since it moves with the swing arm. Paint to match.
Additional Tip: When I paint parts with a spray can, I put them in an electric oven @ 300* for 30 minutes. Makes the paint nice and hard and chip resistant.
The box shown here is Custom Chrome part number 26457. A also available with old style lock #26469. Both are priced between 50 and 60 dollars. The boxes are also available from other vendors with slightly different styling so you'll want to shop a little.
To mount the box support your bike so you can put the kickstand up or mark on the frame where the end of the kickstand is so the two parts don't interfere with each other. Align the box where you're sure it won't be hit by the stand and mark it from the back through the stock rectifier mounting bracket. Drill holes, insert suitable size bolts and you're done! As you can see above Greg has a bit more 'bling' down low and the assembly is very sturdy.
If you actually put tools inside you'll want to put them in a pouch so they don't rattle.