Thank you for the feedback. I'm an engineer, so the process of designing and selecting materials for an application are not foreign to me. The approach I was taking was basically a mini user study, designed to understand the scope of the problem in order to frame possible solutions (whether I build none, one, or a couple dozen).I mean this in the nicest possible way, if you are asking a forum for advice on this type of thing you are probably not best placed to embark on this design/supply except on a hobby type basis. It needs considered design, load factors considerations, (e.g. forces of pillion weight due to acceleration), intelligent material selection for strength and longevity, and I could go on and on.
Hadly, great suggestion. These look close to what I wanted, though the seats might be a bit higher profile than my ideal. I see a bunch of different GS options; can you tell me which of the models on this page is the one you have? Thanks!This may help--but it isn't inexpensive!
I sold a 2014 GS but kept my awesome BAK-UP backrest. BAK-UP is a company that makes backrests for a few bikes--they use a stainless steel nicely finished base with a robust back pad and hinge mechanism. On the GS this thing was an exactly cut fit. 1st class workmanship. I set it on the back of the Africa Twin and it was really similar to the rack on the GS. So, I lined it up and marked the spots and drilled holes (into the backrest base--not the AT!). Four spacers and some bolts and DONE. Easy to remove when not in use and doesn't mark up the rear rack. Even looks sorta cool! Wife says it's comfortable (it does have adjustment) and she is much more secure.
I'll try to post some pictures later if anyone is interested.
Looks great, thanks! Though I'm not clear what you are saying; are you getting the backrest you linked to, or something else?Here you go: https://dynamicmotorcycleaccessories.com/collections/honda
Having said (or linked that,) I did a trial with my wife last weekend as we are doing a shorter (300 mile) trip and she has never ridden further than around the block.
I attached a duffel bag full of clothes to the rack and on the rear of the pillion. She was able to feel the duffel on here back and to said she was pretty comfortable. We went about 45 miles of country roads and she liked it.
Now I am getting a nicer back for this purpose. I am getting one that has a little structure to it so it will be fine on the rear rack.