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Offline yojak

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Backrests
on: July 21, 2021, 07:38:40 PM
So, coming from a Concours that had a Corbin seat with a backrest, I went looking for one not long after purchasing the 1000. The only one I've been able to find replaces the stock rack and is close to $500US.

Is it me or is that ridiculous?

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Re: Backrests
Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 07:46:41 PM
it's not you,,,

I got the adjustable rails from Phil? which let me move the rack back approx 1-1/2" and I can use the Corbin passenger backrest now if the trunk is not on. It's close with the trunk, It will go on, but pushed the backrest forward some. Another inch and it would have been good.



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Re: Backrests
Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 09:13:03 PM
Unless I'm missing something, that won't work for me since I have the stock seat. Having just bought the bike I'm still happy with the stocker. Maybe in a few years I'll be ready for the Corbin, but for now I'm just looking for a reasonably priced backrest should I come across a young lady that wants to throw a leg over...

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Re: Backrests
Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 10:23:21 PM
Have you looked at a Pirate's Lair backrest?
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Re: Backrests
Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 10:43:37 PM
That's the $500 backrest.
*Originally Posted by RaYzerman [+]
Have you looked at a Pirate's Lair backrest?

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Re: Backrests
Reply #5 on: July 22, 2021, 12:05:28 AM
Sorry, misunderstood you were getting/had gotten a Corbin already.

In that case...   What about taking the adjustable rail thing a step farther? If you had a shop form some 1/2" square stock into a couple L shapes and bolt them down between the Kaw rack and the bike. Bend the tops of the L's in toward each other, then bolt a backrest pad to them? Or form a traditional sissybar type inverted U or V, then bend the L at the bottom even? I'd think maybe even a wrought-iron type shop could bend you one up. Weld a section of flat stock across the U and bolt a pad to it. It would have to flare out at the bottom or just a very wide V...

I've got a PhilsFarkles rack also I just bought. compatibility issues with the Corbin, so I will be selling it. You could bolt a sissybar to it maybe? This one:  https://nebula.wsimg.com/089beab7ea17c717ab4a15ffa9b99e26?AccessKeyId=5B226D2086EF88454C97&disposition=0&alloworigin=1    ironically, they show it with a Corbin on a different model...

paint it semi-gloss black and call it good.

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Re: Backrests
Reply #6 on: July 22, 2021, 01:53:45 AM
All great ideas, thanks very much. Just thinking about bending metal, acquiring a backrest, bolting things together and getting into fabrication mode for something that will only see very occasional use, I thought I'd see what else the market has to offer. Found a cheap ebay special that I'm going to take to a local upholsterer and have him retrim it in leather, bolt it to the existing rack and call it good.
When the time comes to pony up for a Corbin I'll post the old one here for someone else to put to use.
Thanks again.  :001:

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Re: Backrests
Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 01:50:34 PM
For what it's worth, the backrest on my VT1100T Shadow is 10" outside-to-outside and fits between the side plates. Metal is rectangular, just under 3/4" wide and approx 3/8" thick. Get one like it and then you just need a couple short brackets bent and some holes drilled, the PhilsFarkles rails are made from 3/4" aluminum and are a hair under 10" in between, so some 3/4"  square stuff bent to the angle you want, paint it all semi-gloss black. mount between the rack and mounting rails.

looks like this one, without the fancy plate. Should be a bunch on ebay, The T and C2 share a lot of stuff, should be the same. I think my 750 shadows also had the same one with different side plates: https://www.ebay.com/itm/163897846913 

Another one, low profile, the seller measured width, should have looked at the rest of the pics:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/124756848201
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Re: Backrests
Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 06:41:46 PM
Thanks for the references, but I think I'll go a different way. I wound up buying this one, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Motorcycle-Scooter-Rear-Backrest-Passenger-Seat-Cushion-Back-Rest-Pad-/154436792832?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0.

Coming from a Corbin Gunfighter saddle I'm more used to a low back rest and this one fits the bill. I'm not expecting high quality but, as I said in an earlier post, a trip to the upholsterer and I'll have a good looking water proof rest. In addition, if the published measurements are to be believed, four stainless carriage bolts will fit the existing Kawi rack perfectly. A hand full of flat and lock washers and it's on to the next project. Should be able to get everything done for under $100US. Easy peasy.

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Re: Backrests
Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 08:51:28 PM
There I go making assumptions again... ;)  I assumed you would be using a trunk at times and wanted the backrest with the trunk. If so, I'd just make the L bracket horizontal part longer and drill/tap separate rack mount holes to move the rack back so the trunk clears the backrest.

The one you found will probably look more like it belongs, though the shorter Honda one should look OK painted black.


 



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