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post #1 of 5 Old 10-15-2018, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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aftermarket seats w/backrest(for me)

Hi Guys, I have low back issues that can make riding a pain at times. has anyone come across a replacement seat w/backrest or a modification for the current seat so I can ad one? I just can't seem to find anything for my 2017 650. thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-17-2018, 10:57 PM
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Check Corbin seats... they offer options for rider and / or passenger backrests
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Russell will build their seats with backrests.

Before you spend considerable money for a backrest, be sure you will benefit from one.

I have had 3 bikes with backrests. They seem comfy for a while, then tend to make your back sore. Most are not very large and rub a sore spot after some miles.

You can try the effect easy enough. Get a dry bag and stuff it full. Fasten to the passenger seat in a way it allows you to lean back on it. I do this on trips and really like the support. Yet I cannot stand a "backrest" built into the seating. The dry bag or other luggage is way wider and taller and doesn't dig in over time.

Built in backrests are a PIA to deal with on a day to day basis. Always in the way getting on and off.

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I have low back issues that can make riding a pain at times. has anyone come across a replacement seat w/backrest or a modification for the current seat so I can ad one?
Goosy, once I put a RDL saddle on my Vee, I was able to ride long distances. That's when I noticed I might want a backrest. Not for leaning against but for "reminding" me to keep my back straight and not hunch over as I ride. Seems the longer I was in the saddle the more I'd hunch over. I could not find any kind of a backrest, so I know your frustration. My solution was DIY. Ya might want to try that option as you continue to look for one. I formed the backrest out of 1/2 solid rod -- it bent easy enough around a pole for the radius I wanted. I fabricated a cushion across the top where it contacts my back from closed cell foam and covered it with heavy nylon so rain would not bother it. The rod fits nicely inside an EMT butt-joint coupling (electrical conduit) and stays in place with a screw. I attached the coupling piece to a plate that bolts to the Vee frame on an already existing bolt. The backrest helps me sit up straighter as I ride. The only down side is I need to remove it for riding on dirt/fire roads for standing on the pegs. But again, with the turn of a screw in the coupling and it slides right off. It's an option you might consider if nothing is popping up on the market that fills your need. It is a temporary thing, so I don't care how tacky it looks to others -- it is functional. I do not carry a passenger on the Vee. If I did, that backrest would certainly be in the way. I have my bike cover in it's carry bag hanging off the backside of the backrest. So between the RDL, the seat beads and the backrest, I have a comfy ride.
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...... Get a dry bag and stuff it full. Fasten to the passenger seat in a way it allows you to lean back on it. I do this on trips and really like the support. Yet I cannot stand a "backrest" built into the seating. The dry bag or other luggage is way wider and taller and doesn't dig in over time....
this is how I set up for a long cruse, the only thing I do differently is use a dollar store inflatable beach ball at the bottom of the bag (bottom touches your back) so I can adjust the cush factor, it also allows me to adjust how full the bag is as I remove content for use so I have the same amount of contact/cush.

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