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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2004, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Backrest for V-Strom?

Does anyone know of a backrest for the DL-1000? I do not want to buy a hard trunk for it. I also do not want to have to buy a new seat. The only ones that I have been able to find are the ones that attach to the hard trunk, or the ones that go with the Corbin seat. Any help would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-24-2004, 12:35 AM
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Sorry I don't have an answer - I'd like to know the same for the DL650!

My wife went on her first ride with me tonight and complained about feeling "insecure" every time I goosed the throttle ( ) couldn't help myself

Would also like to avoid the big hard tail bag if possible. Anybody?

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and scratches...
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-24-2004, 09:27 PM
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I modified one from Sampson Sport Touring so that I could unbolt it without having to remove the rack. Even though I made mine up to work with the GIVI mount, the idea is the same if just the rack is used.

Here are some of the pictures that I sent to Sampson while I was building it.

Feel free to ask questions if the pics don't make sense.

Here is how it looks installed Pic

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post #5 of 11 Old 09-22-2004, 11:57 AM
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Jayhawk - how hard was this to do and what tools did you need? This is pretty much what I am looking for but I'm not going to break out a torch etc. to do it.

Anyone else know of any pre-fab versions of a similar setup?
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How about a DIY variation to add a back rest while 1 up? I'd love to safely rig a back rest so that I can give my lower back a little more support. Any thoughts?

(Of course, I could always do sit ups and exercise more... health-oriented folk will tell you that a strong abdomen is the foundation for good posture and a strong back.)
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-22-2004, 10:44 PM
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Joe,
For a turn key setup, you could contact Sampson. At one time he mentioned possibly doing a V-Strom specific mount. Other than that the mod is pretty straightforward.

If you are mounting to the stock rack, the circular mounting plate from Sampson needs to be cut down to fit. You can do this with a hacksaw. Note link 4 in heikkil's post above.

Drill out the factory threads in the backrest. After that drill and tap (2) 1/4-20 holes in the mount using the backrest as a guide for the holes. I would J-B Weld some nuts onto this also just for a little extra strength. Then drill and tap (2) 10-32 holes in the mount to secure it to the rack. Note pictures 2 & 4 on Sampsons site.

Drill the rack for the (4) bolts to come through and the mat for the 1/4" bolts only. Countersink the holes for the 10-32 bolts so that the mat lies flat.

Hope this helps.

phlooburoo- I don't know of anything like you describe. I'd like one too.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-22-2004, 11:20 PM
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Scroll down to the SS Rear Rack discussion thread about July 25 in this V-Strom Mods and Performance discussion area. There is a very nice unit there that could easily have a pad attached to it by drilling a few holes. There are pictures there too. Looks very nice.

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-19-2005, 01:36 PM
 
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I'm currently carving a mold for Sportbike type tailcone for my DL1000. The tailcone will have a built in pad for my passengers, and a small internal storage space. When I get it done, I'll do the layup in fiberglass. The plan is for it to snap into place, just like the top trunk, but it will obviously be more streamlined. For those days when you don't want to carry a lot of "stuff".
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-24-2005, 12:31 PM
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Backrest

Anyone looking for a backrest - here is a site with a custom one for V-Strom's..Nice but kinda expensive.

http://piratesk12site.net/SuzukiV.htm

This was posted back on page #2

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