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.