Rider back rest

JerryC

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I am 10 days into my 2018 S-10. I rode 500 miles this weekend and the back pain started: I am 6'5". I saw older threads on backrests, but am hoping something has an update. I have a Sargeant seat.
Alternatively to a back rest, has anyone secured a luggage bag on the passenger seat and used its a back rest? Any help and my back will thank you! Jerry
 

Cycledude

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Whenever I’m hauling camping gear I use a waterproof bag from Cabelas and that makes a pretty decent backrest , I have passenger seat removed and have the Yamaha OEM top box installed.
 

SkunkWorks

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Is the pain in your lower-back? Or is it upper-back/shoulder-blades?
Some people have not been compatible (myself included) with the sweep of the factory Handlebar.
I had upper-middle and shoulder-blade pain on longer rides with the factory setup.
I ended up switching to a ProTaper ADV Bar with a better sweep angle.

If it's lower-back, you could try a back-support Belt..................sometimes I tour with one if it's early in the season, before I've built back up my core riding-muscles.
 

holligl

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I might suggest hiway pegs too. I used to think they were for wimps. My opinion has changed after some longer rides. Easier on the knees and back. It is so nice to be able to mix up riding positions. I do take them off for rougher stuff.

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Sonic007

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I might suggest hiway pegs too. I used to think they were for wimps. My opinion has changed after some longer rides. Easier on the knees and back. It is so nice to be able to mix up riding positions. I do take them off for rougher stuff.

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Do you have a suggestion on brand as well as position of install?
 

Tenman

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I have had a Utopia backrest for years. It’s very adjustable. I can reach around behind it while riding and adjust it forward or backwards. It still looks new. I can’t imagine not having it now. I made these hiway peg mounts out of aluminum diamond plate. They are clamped to altrider crash bars. They will fold in a little in a drop and not damage the cases. The second picture is TRex hiway pegs. Had them on 3 other bikes. They work great.
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holligl

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Do you have a suggestion on brand as well as position of install?
Really depends on your crash bars and skid plate setup. My RideOnAdv plate makes it easy with some cheap Amazon bolt-ons. (I added the Rubber to these.) This position is perfect for me.


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simmons1

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I have had a Utopia backrest for years. It’s very adjustable. I can reach around behind it while riding and adjust it forward or backwards. It still looks new. I can’t imagine not having it now. I made these hiway peg mounts out of aluminum diamond plate. They are clamped to altrider crash bars. They will fold in a little in a drop and not damage the cases. The second picture is TRex hiway pegs. Had them on 3 other bikes. They work great.
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My 2012 has an Altrider aluminum luggage plate instead of the rear seat. I have a Utopia backrest mounted to it that look like the one above. That and a back support belt make a big difference for me on long days.
 

Skytower

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I also have the T-Rex highway pegs, mounted to the SW Motec bars.

I strap the Mosco Moto Duffel to the backseat as a backrest. I have a Givi Topcase that keeps the duffel from sliding backwards, and use Mosco's cam straps to secure the duffel in place.
The duffel will interfere with sidecase access, depending upon how full it is. The fullness of the duffel and type of gear inside will determine the amount of support and clearance. It took me awhile to dial it in...

I used a Givi Drybag (50l IIRC) prior to the duffel. It didnt restrict access to the sidecases, but was far less durable.
 
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