Has anybody ever experimented with a sissy bar/back rest for long trips? I've done quite a bit of searching and can't seem to find much of anything.
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The closest I have ever came was packing heavily for a camping trip. The logical place for the sleeping pad (rolled) was tied immediately in front of the large mass on the rack and hence it became a backrest. There was not room for a pax. It was nice to have the pressure on my back when I needed it.
Tom - TW200 2002, Kawasaki VN 500 2006
Central New Mexico
In the last week or so (it may have been someone selling a bike); a pic was posted that had a rider backrest. Home built I suppose.
Hmmm I really like the idea. I'm planning a trip from washington to mexico this fall and I'd like to be as cozy as possible (while looking like a hilarious micro easy rider).
A guy on craigslist had one for his tdub but he wasnt willing to part with it. The quest continues!
Any diy'ers out there have advice for what i might use as a metal to rig up my own? Would conduit be too cheap? That guy (yankeeprepper?) who made a cycleracks style rear rack out of conduit made his look pretty damn sturdy.
And thanks littletommy! I've had mine about two months now and its the funnest thing in the world!
Hard to find more fun than the "mighty TW". I'm no help on your project, but wish you the best. To each their own, as I don't like ape hangers or sissy bars. However, a back rest is nice on long trips, and you're talking about a long trip. Best of luck.
Tom in Wichita
78 Moto Guzzi SP1000
87 Yamaha TW200
99 Yamaha TW200
03 Honda Shadow Spirit (girlfriend's ride)
74 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police model (in many pieces)
Back Rest Idea.jpeg
I'd saved this picture for future reference. Conduit should work just fine for your application. You're not applying a great deal of force on it - just enough to support your back. The guy who built this appears to have welded the clamp onto the end of the tubing, but I bet you could flatten the end and attach a hose clamp to help hold it in place. Extend a secondary brace backwards to make 4 points of contact and it shouldn't go anywhere (see sketch below).
Personally, I worry about a sissy bar or stuff piled too high on the back for offroad. There are times when the bike is going down and the safest thing to do is to step off and let it go down without you.
I just worry about being trapped by anything too tall on the back. Seems like the stage could be set to really wrench one's back going down and unable to step off.
But That's Just Me!™ It does not seem to bother others as much.