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post #1 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Does anyone have a top case/back rest?

My girlfriend has a minor back problem and would like as back rest when she rides with me. Do any of the top cases (Givi, etc.) function well as a back rest, or would I do better with something like a Sergent or Pirates Lair (which are the same), or some other brand? I have an 07 Wee.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 01:48 AM
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I have an RJays topbox, which came with a built in pax backrest. The missus loves it. Good value at $A150 too.

Here's mine http://www.rjays.com.au/home/product...r-top-box.html. I believe this is just a rebadged version of what is also available in the USA at JC Whitney or Sears.

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Most of the top boxes come with a backrest or have one available as an option. Be sure to have her sit on the bike so you can position it properly before bolting it to your existing rack. It will need to be further back than you think. Look at GIVI, Shad, JC Whitney, etc.

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The Shad SH-52 I have came with one. Not sure how useful it is as the wife was already 6 months pregnant when it arrived. It may be a while before I get any passenger feedback from her.
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 11:27 AM
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One of the GIVI cases I use has one one it. On the GIVI cases there is no option as far as where to put the back rest pad - it has to go in one place only due to the curve of the case. Passengers report that it is better than leaning against the molded hinges, but it is not comfortable. After a while it becomes irritating.
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We just used bungee straps to affix a butt pad on the front of the case. My wife says it works fine.

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I considered getting a back pad for my Givi case, but it's not needed. The back armor that's in my wife's jackets offers plenty of padding -- she doesn't even notice the hinges.

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My girlfriend has been very happy with the backrest on the JC Whitney case, and they're on sale right now through Sears so you wouldn't be out to much even if she didn't like it.
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My girlfriend has a minor back problem and would like as back rest when she rides with me. Do any of the top cases (Givi, etc.) function well as a back rest, or would I do better with something like a Sergent or Pirates Lair (which are the same), or some other brand? I have an 07 Wee.
I have the Givi with the backrest; my daughter (5'7" 145#) loves it, but my wife (5'2" 115#) hates it - says it pushes her forward too much.
I would suggest trying different setups as much as possible to see what fits best.

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I considered getting a back pad for my Givi case, but it's not needed. The back armor that's in my wife's jackets offers plenty of padding -- she doesn't even notice the hinges.
+1 I've offered several times to buy the back pad for my Givi but the wife says it's not needed.
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