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post #1 of 8 Old 05-13-2008, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Better backrest: Topcase or actual backrest?

What are the pluses or minuses of using a topcase as a backrest for a passenger. Can it be as comfortable as a dedicated backrest? I know that the amotostuff mounting plate can be adjusted but I think it's only for Givi topcases. Do any other brand topcases have an adjustable mount?
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Suzuki OEM Top Case

I bought the Suzuki Top Case and it seems to work fine for my girlfriend. It has a triangle shaped bumpout to serve as the backrest.
If your not worried about how the case matches the bike, Givi sells a backrest attachment for their top case. If I wasn't anal about how things match (I'm kinda O.C.D. in that regard) I would have gone with the Givi model. The Suzuki O.E.M. requires the Suzuki mount, which fits the Suzuki side mounts, but not a Givi side mount (as far as I have found). Mounts for Givi are more universal.

Example of a Givi backrest:
http://www.giviusa.com/caschi_borse_...asp?CO_ID=9609

Also, the Suzuki mount is not adjustable. It has one setting. This can cause problems. My top box was filled with work stuff, and I had a backpack. I picked up my girlfriend on the way home, and the backpack forced her a little more forward than I would have liked. Having your legs and crotch forced into the tank is not very comfortable. I'd go with an adjustable mount.

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What are the pluses or minuses of using a topcase as a backrest for a passenger. Can it be as comfortable as a dedicated backrest?
No. There will always be easy to please passengers that are good with any kind of arrangement, but a good dedicated backrest is going to be better.

That GIVI backrest pad is really thick. It is thick enough we couldn't hope to put it on our Strom, or on a Yamaha we had before the Strom. To use it, it might be necessary to move the top box back with an adaptor plate. That's doable. And one rider on the board, "Heavy" I think, has a template for making his own version of adaptors to move top boxes back. I think he's had excellent luck with his design.

Here is a cool backrest I'd say would beat any top box pad: Dan Vesel (scroll down)

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I have the stock Suk topcase. My wife is 5' 100'bs soaking wet, and I am 5'8" 175 lbs. She is uncomfortable with the Suk case as a back rest feeling it pushes her forward.

I am trying to figure out how to build my own for a few bucks, but we shall see.
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Who buys a jacket nowadays without a back protector of some sort anyway? Seems that'd be all the padding you needed... or could even feel!
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What are the pluses or minuses of using a topcase as a backrest for a passenger. Can it be as comfortable as a dedicated backrest? I know that the amotostuff mounting plate can be adjusted but I think it's only for Givi topcases. Do any other brand topcases have an adjustable mount?
I had this same dilemma and decided to get a small topcase with pad - the Givi E33 with E78 backrest. I was thinking I would put it on when I needed a backrest or went shopping. Now I use it for commuting and never take it off. It is definitely not as comfortable as the dedicated backrest on my last bike, but works fine and I have not had any complaints. The pad is very firm, not soft or spongey. You can see pictures of an E33 on page 5 of the luggage pictures thread. Seeing that one is why I bought mine and I am really glad I did.
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Who buys a jacket nowadays without a back protector of some sort anyway? Seems that'd be all the padding you needed... or could even feel!
What he said..

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I have the stock Suk topcase. My wife is 5' 100'bs soaking wet, and I am 5'8" 175 lbs. She is uncomfortable with the Suk case as a back rest feeling it pushes her forward.

I am trying to figure out how to build my own for a few bucks, but we shall see.
I went with the El-cheapo JC Whitney top case, threw out that plastic rectangle piece of garbage and made a small, comfortable backrest that fits in the same place as the plastic thing did - I just got the fabric and foam from an upholster, used a T-50 stapler and a piece of plywood. The case no longer lays flat on the ground as luggage, but it opens fine. My wife is about the same size yours is and she loves it.

Better now that it's mounted with a steel bracket.
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