Custom K9 Moto Cockpit Build Project

K9MC-10180

GENERAL INFORMATION

BUILD PROGRESS

MOTORCYCLE

2017 Harley Davidson Softail Slim
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ORDER DATE

04/12/2020

DOG’S NAME

Wayne
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PHOTOS DATE

03/02/2021

WEIGHT

45 lbs
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MEASUREMENTS DATE

03/03/2021

BREED

Border Collie
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DIAGRAMS DATE

16/03/2021
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METALWORK DATE

COCKPIT SIZE

Custom
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PAINT DATE

DIMENSIONS

68cm x 38cm
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UPHOLSTERY DATE

24/02/2021

UPHOLSTERY

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SHIP DATE

PROJECT PAGE FOR Tressa Shuttleworth'S CUSTOM K9 MOTO COCKPIT BUILD

GENERAL INFORMATION

MOTORCYCLE

2017 Harley Davidson Softail Slim

DOG'S NAME

Wayne

WEIGHT

45 lbs

BREED

Border Collie

COCKPIT SIZE

Custom

DIMENSIONS

68cm x 38cm

UPHOLSTERY

BUILD PROGRESS

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ORDER DATE

04/12/2020
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PHOTOS DATE

03/02/2021
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MEASUREMENTS DATE

03/03/2021
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DIAGRAMS DATE

16/03/2021
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METALWORK DATE

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PAINT DATE

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UPHOLSTERY DATE

24/02/2021
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SHIP DATE

The Custom Cockpit Build Process

This page is where we will share all pertinent information related to your Custom K9 Moto Cockpit build project. Since we’re building your custom Cockpit remotely, we rely on you for a few simple but essential tasks, which usually take about 30-60 minutes of your time.

The custom build process goes like this:

➀ You upload photos of your bike based on the instructions provided below.

➁ We use your photos to determine which measurements we need you to take.

➂ We create a schematic and you verify that the measurements are correct.

➃ You select your upholstery and stitching colors.

➄ We build and paint your custom Cockpit and send you photos to track the progress.

Some prefer to do it on their own while others prefer to schedule a video call for assistance. Either way, we hope you find that it is a nice opportunity to spend some quality ‘garage time’ with your bike!

For an overview of how the custom build process works, check out our Gear Guide video series. If you have any questions or need support, don’t hesitate to reach out at any time during the build process.

Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

① Photos of Your Dog and Motorcycle

In addition to your dog’s weight and the measurement you will provide below, we use the photo of your dog to help us determine the best size Cockpit for them.

We use the closeup photos of your motorcycle to:

  1. Create a build plan for how to mount your custom Cockpit
  2. Indicate the measurements that we need from you in order to perform the build plan

Your photos can be taken with a smart phone but please note that photos should be:

  • High resolution
  • Clear and in focus
  • Level
  • Include all relevant semi-permanent accessories on your bike such as screws, support bars, pannier, rack, etc.
  • Remove all non-permanent accessories such as panniers, top case, sissy bar, etc.

Please take one photo for each of the following descriptions, according to the examples provided, and upload them using the corresponding button.

Full-Size Photos

Before you take the closeup photos of your bike, please provide a full-size photos of your dog and motorcycle. Upload the two photos here.

  • Upload a photo of your motorcycle. Make sure you include the full bike so that we can get a good sense of how and where the Cockpit will sit.
  • Upload a photo of your dog. Make sure all of your dog is in the photo so that we can get a good sense of their size, slender vs. heavy, lanky, etc.

Once you upload your photos, you can refresh the page and they will appear below. If the photos are not to your liking, you can use the same form to new ones in their place at any time.

Closeup Photos of Your Motorcycle

Next, we need a series of closeup photos of the rear part of your motorcycle. At a minimum, include one photo for each of the samples provided below. However, if your motorcycle has any unique features, such as aftermarket accessories, provide as many photos as necessary. More photos is always better than fewer.

Top view of rear half of motorcycle

Three (3) Photos – Top View

  1. With the pillion seat on and all removable aftermarket accessories (e.g. panniers) installed.
  2. With the pillion seat on and all removable aftermarket accessories removed.
  3. With the pillion seat off and all removable aftermarket accessories removed.
Side view of rear half of motorcycle

Three (3) Photos – Side View

  1. With the pillion seat on and all removable aftermarket accessories (e.g. panniers) installed.
  2. With the pillion seat on and all removable aftermarket accessories removed.
  3. With the pillion seat off and all removable aftermarket accessories removed.
Rear view of motorcycle including taillight and license plate

One (1) Photo – Rear View

  1. With the pillion seat on and all removable aftermarket accessories installed. From the height of the top of the rear wheel to above the pillion seat.

Upload the closeup photos of your motorcycle here.

  • Drop files here or

    Once you upload your photos, you can refresh the page and they will appear below. You can use the form to add more photos at any time if needed.

    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
    Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

    ② Measurements of Your Dog and Motorcycle

    Before we begin measuring your motorcycle to determine the placement and mounting of your Cockpit, we need to choose the right size Cockpit for your dog.

     

    ⓐ Choosing the Right Size Cockpit for Your Dog

    In most cases, your dog’s weight gives us a good idea of whether they will do better in a standard Cockpit (80cm x 40cm / 32in x 16in) or a Mini Cockpit (68cm x 35cm / 27in x 13in).

    To be sure of the correct sizing of your dog’s Cockpit, we use a two-step validation process:

    1. Take the dog’s length and width measurements
    2. Visualize the dog’s fit in the Cockpit

    ➀ Take your dog’s length and width measurements according to the diagram

    Diagram on how to measure your dog for a motorcycle dog carrier

    Record your dog’s length and width measurements here in centimeters.

    ➁ Visualize your dog’s fit in the Cockpit

    1. Place a towel or blanket on the floor and fold it so that it matches the footprint dimensions of the Cockpit that you are considering (dimensions provided above).
    2. Subtract 3cm from the length of the towel and 6cm from the width of the towel to approximate the interior dimensions of the Cockpit.
    3. Lay your dog on the towel so that their hind legs and torso are inside. The front paws should extend past the front of the towel.

    The appropriate size Cockpit is the one where your dog’s A and B measurements above fit snugly but also completely and comfortably within the footprint dimensions.

    Also, if your dog is still a puppy, we recommend contacting the breeder and performing this activity with the dog’s parent of the corresponding sex.

    Diagram of dog laying on towel with description of measuring for motorcycle dog carrier size

    Take a photo or two of your dog laying on the towel and upload them here.

    • Drop files here or

      Once you upload your photos, you can refresh the page and they will appear below. You can use the form to add more photos at any time if needed.

      ⓑ Measuring Your Motorcycle

      Now that we can choose the right size Cockpit for your dog, we need to determine the appropriate placement and mounting. To do this, we will indicate the measurements we need on one or more of the photos that you provided in step ①.

      When performing the measurements, please note the following:

      1. Place your motorcycle so that it is as close as possible to the normal riding position.
        1. If you have your motorcycle leaning on the side stand, it is difficult to ensure that you measurements are the same on both sides.
        2. If you place your motorcycle on the center stand, the horizontal level of your motorcycle is different than when you are riding.
      2. Some luggage racks appear to have a slight forward-backward slope. For all horizontal measurements (i.e. level to the ground), follow the slope of your luggage rack, which might not be perfectly horizontal to the ground.

      All Cockpit builds include a top view markup photo that identifies the horizontal (i.e. parallel to the ground) measurements needed. Most builds will also include a profile view markup photo that identifies the vertical (i.e. perpendicular to the ground) measurements needed as well. In some cases, additional markup photos will be included to indicate additional measurements needed.

      Each markup includes a number and a simple written description. Take each measurement in numeric order and record the value in centimeters in the corresponding form field.

      If you have any questions or need clarification, record it in the notes field at the end. If you are feeling uncertain and would like additional support, just reach out to us and we will schedule a video call to complete the measurements together.

      Your markups will appear here when they are ready.

      1. From the seam across the seat, measure forward until you touch the rider’s back when seated in the normal riding position.
      2. From the seam across the seat, measure backwards to the center of the screw behind the pillion seat.
      3. From the center of the rear lug / spacer in the fender, measure inward to the centerline.
      4. From the seam across the seat, measure backwards to where #3 intersects the centerline.
      5. Repeat #3 for the front lug / spacer in the fender.
      6. From the seam across the seat, measure backwards to where #5 intersects the centerline.
      7. From the center of the front lug / spacer in the fender, measure outward to the outside of the pillion seat.
      8. From the top-center of the front lug / spacer in the fender, measure up to the top of the pillion seat.
      9. From the top-center of the rear lug / spacer in the fender, measure up to the top of the pillion seat.
      10. From the base of the screw behind the pillion seat, measure up to the top of the pillion seat.
      • If you need to include any images or other supporting documents, upload them here.
        Drop files here or
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

        K9 Rider Safety

        Your Cockpit is cushioned and padded so that it is comfortable for the dog and so that it provides a safe partial enclosure in the case of a tip-over or crash.

        Our experience shows clearly that it is much safer to secure your dog into their Cockpit rather than leaving them free to leap out. After all, your dog is not wearing leathers, boots, or armor, and you don’t want them to leap off into oncoming traffic or get caught under the bike.

        Check out this Gear Guide video to see how we secure Moxie into her Cockpit.

         

        We recommend outfitting your K9 copilot with the following protective gear:

        • Riding harness – we recommend our K9 Moto Harness (more info below)
        • Goggles to protect their eyes – we recommend Rex Specs
        • Tethers for securing your dog into their Cockpit – we recommend the Commuter Stretch Straps from Rok Straps
        • If you are considering ear / hearing protection, consider the Rex Specs Ear Pro

        Please note that these items are not sold by RUFFLY and they are not included with your custom Cockpit

         

        The K9 Moto Harness

        The K9 Moto Harness is unlike ordinary car or outdoor harnesses. It includes large, reinforced loops at the chest and waist. The chest loop enables securing the dog’s torso to the front of the Cockpit while the waist loop enables securing the dog’s butt and hind to the rear of the Cockpit.

        In our experience, it is very important to secure your dog’s rear because it prevents the dog from:

        1. Somersaulting forward during an emergency stop or tip-over
        2. Raising their butt and pulling the harness over their head during the ride

        Check out the Gear Guide video for more information.

         

        Measure Your Dog for Their K9 Moto Harness

        If you have ordered the K9 Moto Harness for your dog, then the design and color of your harness will already appear below.

        Northern Lights
        K9 Moto Harness
        Woodlands Brown-Green

        Measurement A: 17.5    Measurement B: 28
        Measurement C: 23.5    Measurement D: 16

        If your dog’s measurements are not included with your harness information above, then we need you to go to your K9 Moto Harness Project Page and provide them.

        If you have not ordered a K9 Moto Harness you can skip ahead or order one now.

        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

        ③ Your Custom Cockpit Build Diagrams

        We create two or three simple build diagrams based on the measurements you provided at Step 2. These diagrams guide the construction of your Cockpit by detailing:

        1. The placement of the Cockpit relative to the rider
        2. The position the Cockpit’s baseplates
        3. The placement of mounting components, including screw holes in the baseplates, support bars, etc.

        Review the diagrams to ensure that:

        1. Your original measurements were accurate
        2. We have translated your measurements correctly onto the diagrams

        Please be careful and thorough in your review. This is the last chance to make sure that everything is correct and accurate before we begin building your Cockpit. It is not uncommon to find that small changes are needed from your original measurements. We will revise the diagrams as many times as necessary to ensure accuracy.

         Your build diagrams will appear here when they are ready.

        The Cockpit will be positioned 8cm behind your back when riding in the normal riding position. All of your measurements have been adjusted to refer to the FRONT of the Cockpit (8cm behind your back). Please mark that point on your pillion seat and then check all measurements in reference to that point.

        Also, you will notice the two bars that extend outwards from the front sides of the Cockpit. These are the bars that will pass outside the seat and then come in to connect to the forward lugs along the fender. We will go outward 7cm to make sure we clear the seat before running the support bars downwards. Please check that 7cm will be enough to clear the seat.

        If any of this does not make sense, let’s schedule a call to go through it together.

        If all measurements are accurate, use the form below to approve the diagrams.

         Otherwise, reject the diagrams and provide your revisions in the notes field. Alternatively, you can print out the diagrams, mark up the changes by hand, and the upload the scanned image(s).

        • Drop files here or
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

          ④ Choosing the Upholstery for Your Custom Cockpit

          Now, it’s time to customize the upholstery for your Cockpit. Review the vinyl and stitching catalogue below and then make your selection.

          Vinyl Choices

          Stitching Choices

          Make your upholstery and stitching selection here.

          Vinyl Choices

          Stitching Choices

          Make your upholstery and stitching selection here.

          Once you have made your upholstery selection, you can refresh the page and it will appear below.

          Black Faux Goatskin

          White

          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from side profile view
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from top-side-front angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle
          Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and red stitching seen from rear-top-side angle

          ⑤ Now for the Hard Part – the Waiting

          That’s it! You have provided everything we need to build and upholster your custom K9 Moto Cockpit.

          If you haven’t already done so, download our K9 Rider Training tips.

          As your custom Cockpit build progresses, we will share non-glamorous shop photos of your build here.

          The Production Schedule

          Once we have completed Steps 1-3 above, your Cockpit enters the build queue and the metalwork should begin within 3-5 business days.

          Once your Cockpit build begins, this is the approximate timeline you can expect:

          1. The metalwork to build your Cockpit’s frame and mounting usually takes 3-5 business days, depending on the complexity.
          2. Then, your Cockpit goes to our painter. Priming and painting take no less than 5 business days.
          3. Upholstery requires 12-15 business days.

          We know the waiting is the hardest part, especially if you are currently in the middle of the riding season and/or you have a big trip or rally planned. Your Cockpit is a custom build that we cannot rush without risking quality or safety. So, please let us know of any upcoming plans you have and we will do our best to accommodate them but we cannot guarantee an expedited production schedule.

           

          Staying Connected Throughout the Process

          We make a huge effort to keep you updated as your Cockpit moves through the build process. Nevertheless, please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time with questions or to request a status update.