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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2008, 7:46 pm Thread Starter
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Backrest options and opinions

Looking for opinions on backrests. I've read different things pro and con for each. SO, what do you guys run?
Bakup; $400 is a bit much but looks OK, have heard people say that it feels flimsy to the passenger. I only want passenger BTW.

There was or is (discontinued maybe?) a "Stealth" backrest, which seems to mount UNDER the rack, which I like. Looks like it would be sturdy, unsure on adjustment, or price.

RCU: Looks sturdy, good price, maybe a bit more functional for tying bags to it, which I feel any of them could do, some better than others. I think the others look a bit nicer and the RCU looks like the bar might actually be felt on the passengers back. COLOR I think is only black, for a grey seat a grey rest would be nice. Gooder price on the RCU though.

Other options I'm missing? I'd really just like one that attaches to the stock rack and doesn't cover it, if possible. Not sure where the RCU attaches.

Thanks everyone!
(wife says she gets a backrest before I get a CB windshield!)
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2008, 7:55 pm
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There was or is (discontinued maybe?) a "Stealth" backrest, which seems to mount UNDER the rack, which I like. Looks like it would be sturdy, unsure on adjustment, or price.
That would be Pirate. Look on our vendors page for contact info.
I don't know if he does one for the GT, but his early ones for the
RS were a work of art.

Check there first, you'll be happy you did. More importantly......

You're wife will be happy.

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I was in the same spot you are in. After looking at the options, I decided on the Stealth backrest.
- Didn't like the looks and design of the Bakup
- I like the RCU the best but thought it wouldn't look too good on my 03K12RS
The Stealth mounting bracket does mount to the underside of the stock rack. You will have to take the rack completely off and loosen the side luggage bars. 3 of the stock rack screws are easy to get out. The 4th is a real bi___h. The whole thing took me just over an hour to do.
The backrest feels sturdy and secure according to the wife. My came with two position holes drilled. Neither is quite right for her. I will probably drill one proper hole at some point. It's been on the bike for awhile with no problems and looks good.
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I emailed Pireates Lair to see if they offer the Stealth for the 2nd Gen GT. It doesn't look like it. Second choice???

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Another option you may want to explore is a trunk with a backrest. I've got a Givi on my '06 that works really well.

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Backrest

I just went through the same evolution looking for a backrest for the wife. I found that Pirate doesn't offer a stealth back rest for the new gen. GT yet. After looking at all options, I bought the BMW small (28 litre) topcase. It goes on and off with my ignition key and it's stable, secure and comfortable with the optional back pad. I figured if I was going to drop $400+ on a passenger backrest, I may as well get some extra storage with it. I may not use it much but it goes on and off so easily that I may find more uses for it than I think.

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I just went through the same evolution looking for a backrest for the wife. I found that Pirate doesn't offer a stealth back rest for the new gen. GT yet. After looking at all options, I bought the BMW small (28 litre) topcase. It goes on and off with my ignition key and it's stable, secure and comfortable with the optional back pad. I figured if I was going to drop $400+ on a passenger backrest, I may as well get some extra storage with it. I may not use it much but it goes on and off so easily that I may find more uses for it than I think.

http://www.bmw-riders-gear.com/BMWRA...xx&bplo=&bphi=
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The same is true for the 49 liter top case. It comes with a backrest included. I rarely ride two-up, but I did yesterday. My passenger told me that the backrest was very comfortable.
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I went with the 49 liter top case. The wife loves support and it gives us plenty of space for helmets and gear.

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another with the 49Ltr top case.

The wife loved the support for a 5,300 mile trip.
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Another option you may want to explore is a trunk with a backrest. I've got a Givi on my '06 that works really well.
800 bucks for the larger of the two, nah............but thinks i did see that was an option.

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