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post #1 of 18 Old 10-14-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Back rest or rear storage

I have seen aftermarket back rests for Vstrom and like how they look. For my kind of travel I can easily get by with a set of soft bags and a tank bag. I’d like to have a permanent back rest for my wife so we can go for coffee anytime without having to haul a trunk everywhere. Also really don’t like the look. But any thoughts?
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-14-2019, 06:27 PM
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like how they look. ... my wife ... coffee anytime ... any thoughts?
AS a focus group of one_ I'd say GO FOR IT.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-14-2019, 06:32 PM
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Once you have a street bike with a top case (rear trunk) you won’t go back to not having one. Both my bikes have one, they are quick-release but they stay on >99% of the time. It’s also a great place to install extra brake lights.

Who cares what it looks like, you can’t see it or feel it while you’re riding, and it adds so much more convenience. Stopping while out riding, lock up your helmet and gear. Carry your lunch and briefcase to work. Bring a change of clothes/shoes or extra layers along with you. Stop by the grocery store on your way home from hitting the twisties. Heck, use the grocery store as an excuse to go for a ride.
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No reason not to have both. The top cases on both of my bikes have integrated backrests.
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That’s a thought too. Not carrying your helmet everywhere is a good thing!

That’s why I’m wondering about the case or the rest. Regardless, wife needs a backrest.
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I hate the look of the Givi case that was on my R1200GS when I bought it. But it is so convenient I cannot bring myself to take it off. I'm also at a point in my life where I've turned a corner and looks are not as important as function, handling, and comfortable.

IF you get a quick release top case with an integrated back rest you can install in an instant anytime the misses needs a coffee. Or flying solo remove it and go naked.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-14-2019, 09:42 PM
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I bolted a Pelican case to my rear rack to use as a glovebox. I don't know what I'd do without it. The wife likes to lean against it, too. It doesn't come off easily, and it won't hold a helmet, but it isn't so big to swing a leg over, either. Look at other options that work for you. Best, DD
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Also, if you get a Givi-type rear luggage case, you may not (probably won’t) need to get a “backrest pad” for it. On some bikes people have found that the backrest pad tends to push the passenger too far forward. And chances are your passenger is wearing a jacket with back armor/padding anyways.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-14-2019, 10:47 PM
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Storage with backrest seems like a top farkle to me.
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Folks with a strict sense of aesthetics can't seem to get into the practicality of luggage and top box.
So you don't like the look of a back rest and not sure of a top box. Let us know when you find happiness.
I have a huge ugly military case as a top box. I love practicality. Guess what, when I'm looking forward while riding I can't even see it.
So when needed, I gots room for all kinds of stuff.
My wife loved the back rest I got for my R100GS. She was gonna kill me before I got it. Forget you, satisfy the wifey!
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