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post #1 of 17 Old 08-27-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Since I've owned my KLR (almost a year now - already) I've really enjoyed it, but haven't been "quite" comfortable on it. 1st, I lowered it and that helped a lot. Then I installed the Seat Concepts kit, modified it some and "Really" like that a lot. Other things - forward footpegs that make me slouch on the highway and kill my back; up-graded springs front and rear and adjust rear shock, etc., etc.

All that has helped some - quite a bit - but my big thing on a longer ride is my lower back - I have a compressed L5 disc and I tend to slouch on the seat. Not good - it aches like a sore tooth after a while.

I badly need back support but nobody I've been able to find makes sissy bars for us lone wolf types. I "always" ride alone and never - not ever - carry a passenger and that's how it will stay.

Sooo.......me being me.......I designed and built my own.....and, as usual, goofed everything up and did it all the hard way. BUT - it works wonderfully well and I'm extremely pleased with it.



That 4" radius shown is an error. It's a 2" radius, 4" overall.

This is the working drawing I took up to the welding shop. It took him a couple of weeks and cost me $85, which I didn't think was too bad. If I ever make another one there will be a couple of modifications.



The biggest thing would be to narrow the whole thing some. I had fits trying to get the bolts to where I could reach them to put nuts on - all nyloc nuts - and my cargo carrier looks more like swiss cheese now. I would really like to find a new plastic top for it. Look under your cargo carrier and figure where the bolts should come thru.......I didn't at 1st and created a nightmare for myself.



The end result is worth all the extra sweating and swearing trying to get that thing anchored down, but anchored it is and you could prob'ly pick the bike up by it without a creak anywhere.

The welder showed me a bar he'd built for his Harley but I didn't like it. It was strong enuf but was very thin and had an acute angle at the top. I told him to use something more substantial....but didn't think to specify exactly how substantial. He used 3/4" heavy wall tubing and did a great job of bending it without kinks, so it's much heavier than necessary, tho' I do think it looks good - and it's hell for stout.

The proof of the pudding........today I went for a 20 mile ride, partly on open highway and part on a winding, twisting, hilly paved road. The comfort is amazing. Now when I put my feet on the forward pegs, I lean back into the pad and relax - my back is straight and solidly supported. I put 1.3" Tusk handlebar risers on it but I'm still reaching just a bit, so I'll put on the 2" Rox pivot risers very soon.

I think those 250 mile round trips to Las Cruces will be a lot more enjoyable now....................Lar.

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Hi Lar!
Nice job on the Sissybar! I don't have back issues but find riding long distance on the highway tiresome on the lower back too. Hope you don't mind if I copy/modify your idea for my own use!
I still have your address so look to the mail for a replacement rear rack center in a couple of weeks. I replaced mine when I put the SW Motec Pelican case mounts on and have no use for the stock one.
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Hi Lar!
Nice job on the Sissybar! I don't have back issues but find riding long distance on the highway tiresome on the lower back too. Hope you don't mind if I copy/modify your idea for my own use!
I still have your address so look to the mail for a replacement rear rack center in a couple of weeks. I replaced mine when I put the SW Motec Pelican case mounts on and have no use for the stock one.
Best Regards....justjeff
Thanks, Jeff, I'll look forward to it.

I figured others would have the same problem I did. That's why I added the diagram.......so others could use it, too. I don't have a patent on it - modify away, and if you come up with something better, then I'll copy you.

Something I realized this afternoon - if I need to take the seat off, I have to slide the back rest all the way back. I might cut the tubes behind the seat and put sleeves in to make it easier to remove.

P.S. The difference it makes when riding is wonderful. You'll like it.
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I compressed a few vertebrae in my lower back and got a stress fracture many years ago. I have thought about how one could rig a sissy for many minutes while riding. This is much better than any idea I came up with. I like it.

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That's nice, biglar. I sometimes put a soft padded cooler with my rain gear in it in front of my Action Packer on the back of the seat and it's really nice to be able to lean back against it, especially with feet on the highway pegs. I can see why you did it and it looks like it's a great addition. I'm glad it worked out for you.



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Easy Rider on a KLR. I like it.
Haha.......had to grin when I read this. Thanks for the compliment, but then I read your quotation below - "It's a friggin' motorcycle.....! ! !"

Seriously, tho' - how many times have I read on this forum about the bullet proof reliability of the KLR which leads people to ride them all over the planet on huge trips. We're not all stump jumpers. Many more ramble all over the U.S. and Canada on their KLRs and think nothing of it......except - - -

How many others have I read about the miserably un-comfortable seat on the bike ??

I think any solo rider would appreciate a mod like this one. I know for sure I've never seen one.................Lar.
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That's nice, biglar. I sometimes put a soft padded cooler with my rain gear in it in front of my Action Packer on the back of the seat and it's really nice to be able to lean back against it, especially with feet on the highway pegs. I can see why you did it and it looks like it's a great addition. I'm glad it worked out for you.
I've done the same thing in the past with soft coolers, etc., etc., but it's never "quite" right and always fiddling with it.

What's worked out well is the amount of room behind it. A while back I bought a sissy bar pack from Jafrum with an extra round pack that straps on top. It's huge and expands even more.

When doing the head scratching part of this, I made a mock up to see how it'd all work out. Plenty of room behind it for sleeping bag or whatever and it's all held solidly in place.



The sissy bar pad is quick release so I can pull it off, slide on the pack and screw the pad back on to hold it in place......and maybe slow down a thief just a little bit so's I can get my hands on him..............Lar.
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that's awesome, great work

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Looks like a good system to me. Even though your new bar is cushioned, I'm sure it still feels much more solid and provides better back support than a stuffed backpack or the cooler thing I've used. As you noted, it makes a great lash-down arrangement for your pack and stuff, too. Good idea!



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