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i found that no matter wherei looked at online, that the backrests available did not meet my needs! or more specifically my girfriends!

they were either too small, too low, or meant i had to lose my rentec sports rack (not happening).

I wanted a big comfy back pad, adjustable in height, and rake.....that i could still keep my rack... so i decided to make my own.

parts used:

2 x bmx clamps
2 x steel pipes
2 x exhaust clamps (long thread)
1 x piece of stainless
4 x bungs
1 x packet of upholstery pins
1 x can of matte black
1 x ebay back pad
1 x piece of mdf (coated)

tools used:

jiigsaw, hammer, angle grinder, allen keys, bench grinder, bench drill, hole saws.
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Step 1: Whats comfy - oh... a goldwing

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The first thing i did, was source a comfy backpad. What better than a goldwing pad -for 2 quid- from ebay?

Step 2: Cleaning up goldwing pad

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The pad came with a moulded plastic back on it, to fit onto a goldwing. It was a bit messy, so i unstapled it, cut the centre out of the (to retain the integrity of the outer edge shape) and replaced with coated ply used in stage building, and finished with upholstery pins. so basically, new back... with outer edge of plastic moulding.

Step 3: Scavenging

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I then scavenged a piece of stainless from a local kitchen builder. they were a bit grumpy but they still helped me.

Step 4: Bench drill

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i then found my hand drill didnt have the beans to drill the stainless very well... so went to use a my pals bench drill. I measured the holes to screw to back plate to the pad.... and holes to attatch the exhaust clamp bolts to the poles.
Advar1 year ago
Ugly? Hell no, sir, a pro job! Nice! :)
flambewomble (author) 2 years ago
if you search ebay for... sissy / backrest / pad... the you will come up with something. if you have any pictures i could add my take on your project. The trick is to get the the right design for you...and you'll be happy comfy and safe!! cheers matt
How did you search for this? What did you type in? All I get are lumbar supports (crappy) and head rests!
That is EXACTLY what i am trying to design for my Vespa. But it has to actually go through the middle of the seat. Any suggestions? I have the foam, can build an insert with post, and then get it upholstered. But I'd love your take on how to build this for the middle of the seat!
Awesome job, by the way!
shootr2 years ago
Love it! Did the same on my Ninja 650, so now the Mrs. will ride with me more often.
shootr shootr2 years ago
flambewomble (author)  shootr2 years ago
Like it. Racing speed, cruiser comfort!
wilgubeast2 years ago
Nearly fell asleep = highest praise. Nice build!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Nice build, a backrest sure helps on those long trips.
I suggest putting your finished backrest as the first picture to give people an idea of what you've made.

Also, I like your bike.
flambewomble (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
nice one yeah good idea!