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Backrest advice anyone?

Looking for a low backrest that I can attach to the stock rack. Something discrete that will help my wife to feel like she's not going to slide off the back. I'm probably going to wind up building one myself. Can't find anything on internet.

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You can add some fairly inexpensive trunks that have an 'add-on' backrest available.

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I agree with the others. Small trunk, and if she wears a riding jacket with CE approved back armor she may not need an additional pad on the trunk.
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ive got a cheap $20 trunk box and it has a back rest and my roommate likes it i also have the SWmotech rear rack

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This is my mock up for a shorty back rest. It will simply zip tie to the rack with heavy duty releasable zips. The round thing on the back is just a weight to hold in place for photo op. It will be made from thin metal and I will weld it all together. It will have thin rubber matting under it to prevent marring of the flat rack plastic. I'll make the pad as well. When I'm finished I'll post pics of completed project. This is to help keep the wife feeling like she won't slide off the back.
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I found this thread from 6 years ago about backrests, I am looking for one that will fit a '15 650.

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Glenno are you still looking for a backrest?, i make them for other bikes and have been working on one for the 1000 Versys, i have 2 freebies that i will give to a couple people to try out and take some pics, if your interested PM me

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Glenno are you still looking for a backrest?, i make them for other bikes and have been working on one for the 1000 Versys, i have 2 freebies that i will give to a couple people to try out and take some pics, if your interested PM me
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I found this one and really like the looks but it is very expensive IMO ($450):

Pirates Lair Stealth Backrest for the Kawasaki Versys 1000

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Looking for a low backrest that I can attach to the stock rack. Something discrete that will help my wife to feel like she's not going to slide off the back. I'm probably going to wind up building one myself. Can't find anything on internet.
As someone who suffers from back issues, back rests are usually a bad idea IMO, unless you are lying fully on your back or your back is fully supported. Poor posture on the bike, due to week core muscles, will give back pain on a long trip.

I find a much better alternative, to head off back pain, is too exercise and strengthen the core muscles that support your back. In particular walking, as well as running and bench exercises like sit ups are all great for the core muscles and improve posture. That and move around on the bike, stand on pegs occasionally, change your seating position, etc.. Since adopting this approach I never get a sore back on the bike, knees and legs are another matter.
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As someone who suffers from back issues, back rests are usually a bad idea IMO, unless you are lying fully on your back or your back is fully supported. Poor posture on the bike, due to week core muscles, will give back pain on a long trip.

I find a much better alternative, to head off back pain, is too exercise and strengthen the core muscles that support your back. In particular walking, as well as running and bench exercises like sit ups are all great for the core muscles and improve posture. That and move around on the bike, stand on pegs occasionally, change your seating position, etc.. Since adopting this approach I never get a sore back on the bike, knees and legs are another matter.
I do these, PLUS always ride wearing a back-support. I especially like the supports that go over the shoulders as well as "velcroing" around my waist (like workers at Home Depot wear).

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As someone who suffers from back issues, back rests are usually a bad idea IMO, unless you are lying fully on your back or your back is fully supported. Poor posture on the bike, due to week core muscles, will give back pain on a long trip.

I find a much better alternative, to head off back pain, is too exercise and strengthen the core muscles that support your back. In particular walking, as well as running and bench exercises like sit ups are all great for the core muscles and improve posture. That and move around on the bike, stand on pegs occasionally, change your seating position, etc.. Since adopting this approach I never get a sore back on the bike, knees and legs are another matter.
None of this addresses the OP's spouse's desire for the security of not falling off the back. If the driver would need to speed up suddenly or make some sort of defensive move, there is security in having that backrest there for her. It has nothing to do with exercising or core muscle strength. It's an added measure of safety for her.

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Looking for a low backrest that I can attach to the stock rack. Something discrete that will help my wife to feel like she's not going to slide off the back. I'm probably going to wind up building one myself. Can't find anything on internet.
Something like this perhaps........well, the site says I can't post a pic.

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Looking for a low backrest that I can attach to the stock rack. Something discrete that will help my wife to feel like she's not going to slide off the back. I'm probably going to wind up building one myself. Can't find anything on internet.
Trying it again..............
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None of this addresses the OP's spouse's desire for the security of not falling off the back. If the driver would need to speed up suddenly or make some sort of defensive move, there is security in having that backrest there for her. It has nothing to do with exercising or core muscle strength. It's an added measure of safety for her.
I misread the OP. For passenger use I would, like the others on this thread, recommend a top box. I'm amazed by how useful a lockable top box is for touring and commuting too.

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Trying it again..............
I would buy something like that which was reasonably priced for a 1st gen in a heartbeat.

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