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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have a suggestion for a passenger back rest. I am looking for something functional but has a nice look to it? Okay I am trying to make my wife happy.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 08:42 AM
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When not using a topcase, Dan Vesel's backrest for the wife is very nice and well made.

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Trunk/ top case...
Not much difference in cost (for some models) of a back rest, and you can have stuff in it for dry safe storage.

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Not much difference in cost (for some models) of a back rest, and you can have stuff in it for dry safe storage.

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it makes the bike more useful for errands and carries spare gear the rest of the time.

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When not using a topcase, Dan Vesel's backrest for the wife is very nice and well made.

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Dan's backrest is really nice and doesn't cramp the passenger.

The Suzuki top case we have sticks out about an inch over the back of the seat so not only can you not get the seat off with it in place but your passenger has limited room. Not a big deal for short hops but I imagine it could be an issue on longer rides. The DanV backrest in the most forward position gives your passenger a lot more room.
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Dan's backrest is really nice and doesn't cramp the passenger.

The Suzuki top case we have sticks out about an inch over the back of the seat so not only can you not get the seat off with it in place but your passenger has limited room. Not a big deal for short hops but I imagine it could be an issue on longer rides. The DanV backrest in the most forward position gives your passenger a lot more room.
Not all top case/rack options have this issue. My ADVMotostuff rack and Givi V46 topcase do not interfere with the seat even in the forward most position and allow several inches of extra passenger room when adjusted rearward.
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Dan's backrest is really nice and doesn't cramp the passenger.

The Suzuki top case we have sticks out about an inch over the back of the seat so not only can you not get the seat off with it in place but your passenger has limited room. Not a big deal for short hops but I imagine it could be an issue on longer rides. The DanV backrest in the most forward position gives your passenger a lot more room.
I don't know why Suzuki installed the top case the way they did but for those who find it a problem it is a fairly easy fix.I attached the latch assembly to a 2 1\8" x 4" piece of 1\8 stainless plate and riveted it 21\4 inches to the rear. Then i drilled new holes for the pins and moved them back 21\4 inches . I then installed the Suzuki back pad on the top box.
Now my wife is more comfortable and i can remove the seat without taking the top box off.
I often remove the side bags but the top box is never off the bike.It is very convenient to have the storage.
I can't show a picture with the seat as it is in transit from Russel. I hope it arrives soon because the weather is getting better here and watching the bikes going up and down the road is pure torture.

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This is a very nice backrest but it costs an arm and a leg. http://pirateslair.net/SuzukiV.htm

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Not all top case/rack options have this issue. My ADVMotostuff rack and Givi V46 topcase do not interfere with the seat even in the forward most position and allow several inches of extra passenger room when adjusted rearward.
I actually thought about that option as it would have been way better than what we have.
I ended up going with a set of Happy Trails Denali panniers and only use the top box for solo traveling.
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This is a very nice backrest but it costs an arm and a leg. http://pirateslair.net/SuzukiV.htm
Unless you can find a used one...

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