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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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'09 Versys back rest modification for 2Up

So..another hard to find item as a stand alone: a backrest for the Versys. A bit strange to think of putting one of these rests on such a lovely lovely machine, but I prefer my partner to feel comfortable and willing to join in the trip than remain stock (and alone!) so...here's my solution.

It starts with a Chrysler PT cruise rear seat head-rest welded to the side mounts of the GIVI luggage rack
(There were two styles of backrest to choose from and I chose what I thought was the better "fit"):
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 09:43 PM
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These guys are going to be putting out a back rest for the V-1000. Maybe if they get enough interest they'll do one for the V-650.......Pirates Lair Stealth Backrest for the Kawasaki Versys 1000

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Wow, great DIY. I really like that. You should make them and sell them, I would likely buy one. Any concerns about the uprights not supporting or are they pretty sturdy?

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i got a trunk box that doubles as a passenger back rest
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revere - GREAT idea, great work!

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This is exactly what I'm looking for my 2016 Versys. I was also looking at Pirates Lair, but most of their Rack/ Backrests run about $415! Too rich for me for a backrest which I will only use maybe a few times a year. Like others mentioned, I might as well get a trunk with a built-in backrest.
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I just got one fabbed up yesterday to make the wife more comfy until the trunk shows up. I used a spare tall backrest from my previous bike (Vulcan 1500 Classic). It is 1/2" square stock and I just broke out the torch, heated it up and bent it like you did with the headrest. Then welded some strap to it that bolts to the OEM Kawasaki mounts for the trunk. Nice and solid and the wife says I got the angle right. Painted it with satin black and then baked it on. Should work nicely. I will probably sell it once the trunk set-up arrives.
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Very nice piece of work indeed. I always knew there was something of value in a PT Cruiser, but until now I couldn't think what it might be.
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I just got one fabbed up yesterday to make the wife more comfy until the trunk shows up. I used a spare tall backrest from my previous bike (Vulcan 1500 Classic). It is 1/2" square stock and I just broke out the torch, heated it up and bent it like you did with the headrest. Then welded some strap to it that bolts to the OEM Kawasaki mounts for the trunk. Nice and solid and the wife says I got the angle right. Painted it with satin black and then baked it on. Should work nicely. I will probably sell it once the trunk set-up arrives.
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Very nice piece of work indeed. I always knew there was something of value in a PT Cruiser, but until now I couldn't think what it might be.


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Sorry, no pics. Photobucket and I have been at odds for almost a year. I can't get it to "release" any pictures. If you want to see it I can text some pics. Just PM me your phone #.

I understand that Kawasaki takes about 2 months to cough up all the stuff to install the trunk so the backrest wouldn't be for sale for a while.
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Wow, great DIY. I really like that. You should make them and sell them, I would likely buy one. Any concerns about the uprights not supporting or are they pretty sturdy?
Solid fit- two bolts on either side..
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i got a trunk box that doubles as a passenger back rest
Yes an option - my riding partner has one -- I just don't know.....
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