The V-Strom is blessed with an generous pillion pad on the seat.
The few times I've taken the wife for a ride, she has commented that she there seems to be much more room behind me than she was used to on the Sportster.
Once while riding two-up, she was leaned back against the Givi topcase pad, when some cager cut us off. I got on the brakes hard as we did not have much of an escape route. The wife found herself floating for a second before she hit the back of me a bit off-center. She didn't come off, but I distinctly heard a muffled F-bomb from within her Scorpion EXO as she struggled to hang on.
Since then, she has wished for the V-Strom to have armrests that she could use to brace herself and enjoy a more relaxed ride.
Well, of course I contacted the fine folks at KludgeMeister for help.
They delivered these excellent units called Faul-Sachen from their product list. (I guess that's German for 'arm cushion for a lady')
The mounting frame is very stout, with almost no torsional flex.
The two holes for the bolts align perfectly after you drill them with the original holes in the Givi topcase adapter plate.
I tell ya, those Krauts may be a bit stuck up, but they can sure build it right.
The height of the armrests is adjustable, plus they pull right up and off when you want to store them in your topcase. Total weight for the mounting frame and two rests is less than four pounds. The cushions are replaceable and well padded. There is just enough room for the Givi case to lean forward to lift it off the bike while the armrests are still on the frame uprights.
The wife happily climbed aboard for test fit. She was smiling from ear to ear.