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PO said it was Bestem, and I pinged Bestem asking about getting a backrest. Send them some pics, and they said "No, that's close, but it's not one of ours."



So if this isn't a Bestem top box, what is it? I can't find any name or lettering at all anywhere inside or outside the box. I'm guessing the oval thing in the top plastic used to have a plate with the name, but that's long gone. And there's that kind of upward-arrow design there. Hoping someone recognizes this. Thanks!
 

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It has the same closure/lock assembly as the Bestem and overall design looks very similar. My guess is a company in China designs and builds a bunch of different variations and sells them to Bestem or whoever else wants to stick their name on them. I bought one on Amazon with backrest, LED brake light, and universal mounting base delivered to the door for around $60. Every bit as good as the Givis I have owned for 1/4 the price. You could probably get the same for the cost of a back rest.
 

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I just found a couple with the same markings on eBay, with no "make or model" information on them. They're US$30-35 with free US shipping, so if you got it in Canada for C$60 it's probably the same thing. So you're probably right. Thanks!

I was bummed to find I couldn't fit my helmet into this one. Maybe they have a bigger one? Time to break out the measuring tape. :)

PS: Where in Nova Scotia are you from? My dad was from Sydney and my mom was from Truro.
 

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Look at the Bestem on their site. The backrest is just four bolts and their's will probably fit your box if the surface area is similar.

Your's could be a JC Whitney or as someone said, one of a myriad of Chinese knock-offs.
 

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It's very close to my JC Whitney box. Everything but the pattern on the top is the same to what I have.
So I'll go in with the others and say it's a Chinese knockoff.
Mine fits my large modular helmet if I lay the helmet on its side.
 

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Yep , at one time JC Whitney sold those boxes in large and small. That looks like the small. I had the large ( on sale for 29.95) and it was close to Givi , but they have a stamped steel mounting plate that works well but will rust a little. Just Chinese knock-offs that lots of people sell. I'm not a big fan of Givi so I loved these old cases due to the price.
The backrest that some come with is very cheesy hard plastic . Your best bet is to cut a piece of plywood to fit . Take it to an upholstery shop for some foam and black vinyl. Drill 2 holes and put the pad on with screws. When I was in the seat biz I used to make them for the Emgo boxes that Dual Sport Touring sold. Usually I would make 2- one pad on the box and one just above it on the lid. Better than factory.
 

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Yep , at one time JC Whitney sold those boxes in large and small. That looks like the small. I had the large ( on sale for 29.95) and it was close to Givi , but they have a stamped steel mounting plate that works well but will rust a little. Just Chinese knock-offs that lots of people sell. I'm not a big fan of Givi so I loved these old cases due to the price.
The backrest that some come with is very cheesy hard plastic . Your best bet is to cut a piece of plywood to fit . Take it to an upholstery shop for some foam and black vinyl. Drill 2 holes and put the pad on with screws. When I was in the seat biz I used to make them for the Emgo boxes that Dual Sport Touring sold. Usually I would make 2- one pad on the box and one just above it on the lid. Better than factory.
I was going to suggest the same thing.
 

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The box has four holes where you'd expect a backrest. (They're currently covered from the inside with what looks like black electrical tape.) And I think Bestem's own backrests are just hard plastic. So yeah, very tempted to just roll my own. I think I even have some black vinyl lying around at home from previous efforts to re-cover the seat of my previous bike.... [Edited to add:] If I'm going to Michael's or Joann's for foam, what "kind" of foam should I be asking for? (I mean, I know I would want foam that's giving but pretty strong and stiff, but I have no idea what that would be called in the stores.)
 

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My top box doesn't have a back rest and I figured it mighty need one. The wife never rides without her jacket and it has a back protector so she doesn't feel a thing. Just leans back like there is one.
 

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Nice. My wife never rode with me on my older bike 'cause no backrest of any sort. And even though the jacket I got on sale once for her just in case also has a back protector, she'll be nervous about just being against the box. (Yes, she will readily admit that she is the princess in the story of "The Princess and the Pea". :) ) I figure between the leftover vinyl I think I still have, some foam, a bit of plywood, and some bolts, I could put something decent together over a weekend.
 

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The spine protectors in jackets are made of very firm closed cell foam. Even 1/2 inch is good padding and the passenger probably would not need any more. I always have many different foams , but for home-made you can use carpet pad . The true name for carpet pad is Re-Bond . any auto upholstery shop will have scraps and will ....hopefully....sell some foam and some vinyl for 5 to 10 bucks . If you're near me I'll GIVE you some. And I have gel foam that I take out of seats that I show to people before I put it in the TRASH.
Landau foam is the best . It's a firm closed cell foam that was developed for landau tops on cars back in the 60's . Usually 1/4 " thick. It's similar to the pads in jackets but a little firmer. Add 1 layer of soft on top. Put a piece on the floor and kneel on it all day. Good stuff.
What not to use: Memory foam , gel foam , or real soft foam. It's always fun to make your own farkles.
Post above by Also Ran - I like your Joey Dunlop quote signature.
 
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