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Rear Seat "Lip" with Ft Worth Rack...

Found the right LT for me and one of the first things I am going to do is remove the trunk and install a Ft. Worth rack. It's a 2002 LTC (in black, of course).

I saw a picture without the trunk and the rear seat didn't have the backrest "lip". Here it is:



Is this seat modified? Most of the pics I see of LT's without trunks, the rear seat has that "lip-backrest". It's not the end of the world to have it but I prefer it without the seat "lip". What do I need to do? Is that a custom seat?

Thanks,

Mike
 

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That's definitely been modified. The front seat and the vinyl looks stock, so I'd guess they just pulled the cover off the rear seat, cut the plastic lip and foam down, sewed the cover down closer, then put the cover back on. You could do this yourself, or have a local auto upholstery shop do it for you.

I've thought of this mod before, but had never seen one actually done. Nice job.
 

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Passenger might object

Passenger might prefer the lip for comfort and security. I added the Ft. Worth rack last month and the only complaint for my wife is that she felt better with the higher trunk behind her. I really do love the new feel though of the lack of trunk and the way the bike handles at low speed. Hate the missing trunk storage, but most of the time it was empty and it is simply a compromise.
 

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Took the trunk off for local runs and did a 1200 mile roundtrip with it off and a couple of bags strapped on. Loved the way it handled.
Trunk back on for a 4400 mile trip. Needed the trunk space and the handling required more attention but it still handled great.
Getting great comments from others who see it..
Best comment to date: ' is that an LT?' (that was from another BMW rider on a GS)
 

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I usually remove the trunk when riding solo. The bike just feels better.

A couple of years ago I was riding with a bunch of random guys on a Pashnit tour. After a particularly twisty section, the other LT rider came up to me and said "You were really flying. What are you riding?" When I pointed out that I was on the same bike as he was, he was quite surprised. I guess he never figured an LT could move like that. :D

I managed to surprise everyone once again as we were gathering groceries for the BBQ that night. :)

 

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Ken, what's the display there covering your odements (jocky) box? Looks to be an LCD panel of some kind - GPS?

Never seen a mount like that - what is it?
 

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Yep, GPS. The tray was made by a German company to house the display from a VDO-Dayton MS5000 GPS unit. It was leading edge about 5 years ago, but is starting to show its age. The newer units surpass its capabilities, but few have such large, bright screens.
 
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