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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Couldn't find a backrest I liked...

So I built my own. Need to pull it off this winter and purty it up a bit but it worked perfect for our 1500 mile trip through Michigan's Upper Peninsula this past week.

Wife and I are both... lets say full figured. LOL
All the backrests I've seen are to big and/or don't fold down out of the way.
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Nicely done!
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Outstanding job! Personally, I love the Grasshopper backrest, but I admit, at times, it would be nice to have it so it folded to make things easier for the passenger to mount and dismount the bike.

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Nice job! Looks like it is commercially manufactured.

I'm going to do the same thing (with my skills, it probably won't look nearly as good as yours, though). Folding is very important to me, too, and I can make one a lot cheaper than I can buy one that folds. I already have a pad, just need to get to work on the bracket. Did you paint the metal, get it powder coated, ...?

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I had a Grasshopper on my last bike. To be truthful it worked but it was poorly covered and the staples could be seen as well as they came out after 6 months. I just bought a Ulitmalt seat for mine. I think its the best out there and you can order it with a fold down back rest.
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Nice job! Looks like it is commercially manufactured.

I'm going to do the same thing (with my skills, it probably won't look nearly as good as yours, though). Folding is very important to me, too, and I can make one a lot cheaper than I can buy one that folds. I already have a pad, just need to get to work on the bracket. Did you paint the metal, get it powder coated, ...?
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Mine looks great from a distance. Up close you can see plenty of imperfections. I'll do some grinding and sanding during the offseason. Maybe after that it'll be worth having a professional coating.
I just painted and baked it. 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

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I had a Grasshopper on my last bike. To be truthful it worked but it was poorly covered and the staples could be seen as well as they came out after 6 months. I just bought a Ulitmalt seat for mine. I think its the best out there and you can order it with a fold down back rest.
I've been looking at the Ultimate seat/backrest. But strangely, I really like the stock Voyager seat. I've never said that about a stock bike seat before. Ultimately I may end up with an Ultimate seat but I'm gonna try wearing out the original, first.
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