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Removable back rest?

Hello Versys Owners,

I was looking at backrest for the passenger and I see you can buy very expensive permanent ones, or some folks have made their own. I was wondering if anyone has seen something that could be clamped or bolted onto the grab handles as a temporary backrest? Most of the time I would prefer to ride without one but it could be handy if you have a passenger that is a little timid.

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back rest w/ functionality = topbox


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I have a question to add to this. I bought the backrest to go with my new topbox, but I actually need to drill the holes and fit it. Not a problem in itself, as it comes with a diagram you can fit to the box to get the holes exactly right.
What does worry me is what happens when it rains?????????

Has anyone else had to do this?
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Spainy, you could wrap the bolts/holes with that shower-nozzle tape that stops leaks.



Cheap and effective. Shouldn't even be visible either.
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I got poured on coming home from work the other day and I didn't get any water in my top box. I have a Givi E370 with the back pad. The pad mounts through the top box with two bolts/screws, but the rubber washers that go on the bolts/screws seal things up nicely. I think it would be more likely water would get in around the edge of the box, but my laptop was nice and dry when I got home. Unfortunately, I wasn't expecting rain and left my rain gear at home that day, so I was soaked.
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Thanks for the tips guys. Will check to see if rubber washers are included, didnīt think of that.
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I have the backrest on my E52 and have never had trouble with water getting in and I have been in some real downpours with it.

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Did you have to drill it on also?
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Yes. I also have the top rack on the case and it had to be drilled to. I have had no leaks.

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The stock grab rails are fairly flexible and soft. It would likely damage them to clamp something to them and if you did, the backrest would probably flex a lot which wouldn't be reassuring to the passenger. The top box is probably the best way to go. I have the SW Motech top rack from Twisted Throttle. It replaces the grab rails too and is very solid. Everything they make that I have tried is excellent and a good value. I think it was around $165 (American).
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The Corbin seat has a fitting receiver for their own removable backrest and you can keep the stock grab rails if you like.
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+1 for the corbin option, if you're ok with throwing money at the problem to make it go away. i have had them on two bikes now, by far most pro backrest solution, especially if you don't want to roll a top case. the corbin saddle does look killer on the v.
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