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post #1 of 9 Old Aug 3rd, 2014, 5:11 pm Thread Starter
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Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

Has anyone tried a rider backrest on their K1600GTL? I used to own a K1200LT that had a great BackUp backrest. Made riding long distances painless. I'm on a 2012 GS now and find that it's a fatiguing ride after a 150 mile day (no back support and lots of noise).

In a nutshell, I'm considering a luxury touring bike so I can go back to riding long distances - contenders are the new RT and the GTL. A rider's backrest is a really fantastic improvement, so whichever bike I go with would ideally accommodate that.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 9 Old Aug 4th, 2014, 11:20 am
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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

Backup makes a back rest for the GTL.

Some custom seat manufacturers can include a back rest as part of their seat build (Russell, for example).

I have a backrest on mine that's attached to my fuel cell. It makes a huge difference when cranking out long miles in comfort.


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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

Ken,

Thanks for the reply. I'm also about to post on the K1600 forum.

I rode a friend's K1200LT (Tom Gallo's) and it had a Russel seat on it. Excellent seat! I think I'll contact them to ask about a rider's seat with backrest for the 1600GTL. I'll need a seat that's at least 1" to 1.5" higher than the stock seat anyway so that I have more leg room. I'd rather not lower the pegs for fear of too much scraping, so need to go way up on the seat.

How's the leg room working for you on the 1600GTL? Any low back pain or leg discomfort? Is your Russell seat much higher than the stock saddle?

I see you're still racking up miles after all these years, and great setup on your bike... Good for you.

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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

I'm using a taller two-piece GT seat that was modified by Russell. The stock GTL seat is way too low for me . . .

I did add peg extenders for really long rides, but for "local stuff" they're not as necessary.

If you have the inseam to be able to flat foot the bike, then going up on the seat won't compromise lean angle. Since you sit up a bit higher, you might want to look into a better windscreen as well.

Like most Beemers, it can take some tweaking to get it just right, but then the bike really is all-day comfortable.

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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

I had Rich's Custom Seats in Kensington, WA do mine and had them include the optional (removable) backrest. I only use the backrest on long hauls. Superb craftsmanship.
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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

I added a Bak-Up backrest to the GTL stock low seat. It made all the difference. The low back support is strong and adjustable and adds a level of comfort that I remember from a Russell I had on my 1200LT. I also added foot pegs and the adjustable seating positions with this combo makes long distance rides much better.
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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

I have the corbin seat with backrest. What helped the most with reducing lower back pain was the handlebar riser/offset found on ebay. Between the two options I am just about set. I think I would prefer a Russell seat but the cost is heart skipping high. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/171437707443?lpid=82
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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

Thank you all for some great input.
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Re: Rider Backrest for K1600GTL

What type or brand of backrest do you have?
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