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Old 11-10-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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VERY small backrest/backstop for passenger?

Hi all,

I am looking at getting a 1200GS sometime in the (hopefully) near future, and had a question that I'm sure more than a few here have already figured out.

My wife often rides as my passenger, and she likes a *very* small backrest just to help her feel more "secure" and keep her from feeling like she is going to slip right off the back of the bike. I'm talking about something *not* large enough for her to lean back on -- just like a "seat stop" kind of thing to keep her from sliding back.

The easy solution is a top case mounted on the back, but most of them are pretty large/bulky for our needs.

Anyone else have a need for something like this, and find a good solution?

Cheers,
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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I made something like that once using a Toyota seat head rest. It flipped up when needed.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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Top cases do not have to be large.





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Old 11-10-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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Hi all,

I am looking at getting a 1200GS sometime in the (hopefully) near future, and had a question that I'm sure more than a few here have already figured out.

My wife often rides as my passenger, and she likes a *very* small backrest just to help her feel more "secure" and keep her from feeling like she is going to slip right off the back of the bike. I'm talking about something *not* large enough for her to lean back on -- just like a "seat stop" kind of thing to keep her from sliding back.

The easy solution is a top case mounted on the back, but most of them are pretty large/bulky for our needs.

Anyone else have a need for something like this, and find a good solution?

Cheers,
Kent
I've been looking at the Best Rest Backrest.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:03 AM   #5
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I've been looking at the Best Rest Backrest.
I have one of these..ran it for thousands of miles..wife loved it, very adjustable..

Bonus, when folded down, people ask if it's a third seat..so much fun can ensue telling how it's a child seat...

Ours could be for sale...wife has her own bike now...

Keep in mind it requires a mounting kit...unless you have a GSA rack..
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:18 AM   #6
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I know what you said about rear cases.
the Virio looks like it might mount a little bet further back then the one Jim shows.
I know on my F800, the Givi case I had mounted to the Motoroverland rack ate up passenger space. I even made a mount plate that moved it back 2 additional inches. (but it still had less room then the virio on the R1200)
And it is nice to have a waterproof place to lock a helmet and other things (GPS).

Your next question might be about back rest pads.
I had to take the pad off my givi because we needed the space. I thought it would lower the comfort for my wife, but better jackets have a pad built into the back of them that meets her needs without adding the separate pad to the case.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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you can get a small Givi top case for about $125, way cheaper than a backrest

and some place to put her purse
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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I did the tailgunner with the two up kit . it is small and secure . see GSESSERIES
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:31 AM   #9
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I had a tailgunner - too heavy - sold it
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #10
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try this mate!

http://pirateslair.net/R1200GS.htm

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:00 PM   #11
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There is a company in California who does something that could meet your needs... I have one of them in my F 800 GS, but they make for the 1200 as well. Forgot the brand, but you can found them and the product as ascycles.com Worth the shot.

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:14 AM   #12
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I have one of these..ran it for thousands of miles..wife loved it, very adjustable..

Bonus, when folded down, people ask if it's a third seat..so much fun can ensue telling how it's a child seat...

Ours could be for sale...wife has her own bike now...

Keep in mind it requires a mounting kit...unless you have a GSA rack..
+2. Flips up when needed, down when not, it does take up some real estate on the tail rack. I also got the gsa pannier handle/ straps so my son can hang on.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the advice guys!

When I was at the dealershop (dreaming) yesterday, I saw a BMW-branded tail bag (semi-soft) that had what looked like some sort of backrest built in. It wasn't on a R1200GS, (maybe one of the 800 sport bikes?) but it looked like it might fit on the GS and do the job. I wish I had snapped a pic so you could see which one I am referring to, and maybe get some feedback on it.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #14
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BMW Softbag 2 small...I have one...not a terribly sturdy backrest, but it is a good bag overall

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Old 11-20-2013, 07:56 AM   #15
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BMW Softbag 2 small...I have one...not a terribly sturdy backrest, but it is a good bag overall

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I'm really looking for more of a "slidestop" than a rest. She never 'leans' back on it --- she just feels more secure with *something* there so she knows she won't slide off the back of the bike. She's very petite, so it wouldn't have to be some super sturdy structure.

How firmly does the bag attach? (the one I saw had a 'pouch' underneath it that slipped over the tail rack end and what looked like a couple receivers for straps on the front, but it wasn't attached -- just loose on the model bike)

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