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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.













 

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That is very cool. A great idea.

What did those cost shipped? Did you have to ship them from Germany?
 

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Do they rotate out for ease of entry and exit like the Goldwing armrests?

I like the idea, though. When we had the 'Wing my wife would sometimes nod off back there, and the armrests were helpful to keep her aboard.:yesnod:
 

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That is very cool. A great idea.

What did those cost shipped? Did you have to ship them from Germany?
Shipping was free. And no, there is a KludgeMeister dealer in every county in Texas, plus the main one here in Vail, Arizona. :bsflag:

Do they rotate out for ease of entry and exit like the Goldwing armrests?
They lift right off the uprights with an easy pull.
The only change is that I am used to getting on the bike first and then her stepping up and over behind me.
Now I think she will have to get on first and settled in.

We will be trying them out on a large group ride coming up on the 22nd, to benefit the Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind.
Old Pueblo Riders • Tucson, AZ
The wife will photograph every Harley pillion that points and laughs.
Should make a good slideshow.
 

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looks great

those look awesome. My wife has been asking about armrests for a while. I'll have to add these to the wish list.
 

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...there is a KludgeMeister dealer in every county in Texas, plus the main one here in Vail, Arizona.
Does the company have a website? Could not find one Googling.
 

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OK, I get it now. I can't believe I forgot about Sidd Finch, but this was not posted on April 1st which would at least have provided a clue.

So the arms are from an office chair?
 

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good one. after i googled it I thought it might be a joke. I should have picked up on the name Kludgemeister.:green_lol:
 
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