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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sissy bar/backrest

I am by no means a rich man and I have looked everywhere i can think of to find a sissy bar/backrest for the Versys and the only option I have found comes with a $400 Corbin seat. Is there something else out there that I haven't found yet?

I know in a previous forum there was a request made to Speedy to try and look into but for the life of me I can not find that forum. If Speedy did look into it would there be enough interest for it to be fiscally valuable for him to make it?

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If you find it let me know. I'm looking for one too. I was also looking to see if I can adapt something but lack the shop tools needed for the work.
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I think that you could do something by taking off the rear grab bars and using the bolts there but I too lack the tools and the actual ability to make something that would work.
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Greetings - I had a Thread out for a while and it appears to me that the best way to go is a trunk (I know you may not want to clutter up the look, but for the money and long run that is my plan.)

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I have a Shad 40 Trunk. If the wife ever decides to get on, this will help:

http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.com/Sha...-Backrest.aspx

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I have a Shad 40 Trunk. If the wife ever decides to get on, this will help:

http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.com/Sha...-Backrest.aspx
I like the little rack on your trunk. Is that someting you can get xtra? I have a JC Whitney knockoff trunk...would be cool if I could fit that raskel on there.
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I have no idea if they sell the top rack separately. The company that makes the Shad is pretty iffy on things. Their product is OK but good luck trying to get something if it not in stock.

It looks like the model I have is a SH-40CA and the one without a rack is the SH-40. I'm not sure how useful it would be anyway. I guess I could bunggie down a sleeping bag or gym bag, but the rack is lightweight plastic.

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I have a Givi mono system on mine with the back rest pad on the box. It level with the back of the seat so when the box is off it doesn't take too much from the bike. Just stretches the back out a bit.
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Backrest with the OEM trunk

I added the OEM rack and trunk and an after market Harley Mini Pad. Works well and I have helmet storage.
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I have no idea if they sell the top rack separately. The company that makes the Shad is pretty iffy on things. Their product is OK but good luck trying to get something if it not in stock.

It looks like the model I have is a SH-40CA and the one without a rack is the SH-40. I'm not sure how useful it would be anyway. I guess I could bungee down a sleeping bag or gym bag, but the rack is lightweight plastic.
I as well have the sh40-ca, and I'll let you know... the rack on the case is amazing.
2 sleeping bags and a tent for a 3000 mile 2 weeker. worked like magic.



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oh, and yes the pad on the case is probably the best (easiest accessibility, and priced reasonably) sissy bar you will find.


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backrest

i built a prototype from 1/4 inch round bar stock i welded washers on one end and used the grab rail bolts i had to shorten the bushings i came back past the seat then bent it up .welded on some brackets to mount the cushion if anyones interested il post some pics
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Yes, please post some pics.
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I have been doing some searching and http://www.revsperformance.com/ has a grab bar/sissy bar for $115 and a sportrack for $152, someone with some talent could use either of those and "fashion" a back rest for it. The attached pic is the sportsrack on an er-6n.

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In case anyone is interested, I sent Speedy a PM to see about coming up with something. I will let you know if I hear something. I really like the small rack Oxifer! I think there is enough folks out there looking for something like this with a short backrest.

Keep looking and update often if anyone sees something that will work. I have the factory Pans so that makes the trunk option more expensive and really a backrest if reasonable in price and height will meet my needs (actually my wife's needs).

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Mack, I would like to see pictures of your sissy bar as well. Knob, thanks for taking the stepping up and messaging Speedy for us. He has done so much already and I am sure he is busy with his business so it may be a bit before we hear back from him.
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No word from Speedy, I am going to check with a dealer in my area who says he has a machine shop and can "make anything you want". Sounds too good to be true and $$.
I will let you know how it goes. I would like to find something reasonable before fall and the riding gets irresistable.

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I was hoping Speedy would come through, his quality and craftsmanship is A+. Here's to hoping .
Mack can get some pics up.
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backrest pics

sorry about the delay.like i said i used 1/4" round stock welded a washer on the front and used a splice bracket on the back i had to cut the grab rail spacer in half then reinstalled the grab rail bolt their is two bends in the bar you cant see it that well now because i screwed a shaving bag on the back to hold my prop stand and chain lube.the pad is made from 3/8" plywood and an old helmet bag.im still waiting on the upholstery guy to make me a real cushion.---------------------------------sorry after all that i cant get the pics to upload
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I've considered modifying something like this to fit the SW Motech rack.

http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-14...-backrest.aspx

http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-141-ezrest.aspx

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