There is a member on another Vic forum (can't give the name - forum rules) that found a fab shop that gave him a discount for ordering 5 or 6 racks. He's selling them for $300. If an enterpising individual were to find a fab shop that could knock out a few ulitarian racks he/she could most likely sell the extras very easily. If you go with strap or tube instead of plate you could most likely cut the price to half. Keep in mind that going that low wouldn't leave room for chrome or powder coating. You would most likely get plain unpainted racks.
I for one am ok with that; I wouldn't use the rack for anything except trips and prefer bare metal that I could paint with my choice of colors and touch up as needed.
CycleOps, could you build a backrest mounted rack out of stainless or aluminum tube? If so what would it cost painted/chromed/bare? Tube may be a good option because even people with forged highway bars still have to deal with tubular bag bars. You may want to consider using strap too; this wouldgive another option for people that have the forged bars and want to stick with the flat look. They would still have to deal with tubular bag bars until somebody develops a strap or square tube option.
Retired USAF, IYAAYAS!
2008 V-Star 1100 Custom Bobber project
2011 Crimson XR with Forged Highway Bars / Hard Bags / Passenger Backrest, Ness parts including Smooth Layback Plate Frame/Mount / Rad 3 Mirror / deep cut grips / drivers floorboards /shifter peg / brake peg / passenger pegs. Witchdoctor black rack, Lloydz filter / timing wheel / VFC III, 7Jurock windshield, Drag Specialties seat.