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Backrest for 86
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:47:05 am »
  Ok, maybe I'm just short on patience because of all the searching I have been doing on windshields, and I'm buring out a bit.  I can't find any easy bolt on backrests for the 86 with OEM seat.  I don't neccessarily want to change the seat.  I just need a backrest for the wife.  Did I read corbin's site wrong?  IDK.  A link to just how to get this would be great. :(
  I also checked a good comprehensive farkle list to no avail.  Hmmmm
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2012, 01:15:26 am »
The only backrest that I'm aware of that is bolt-on for the C10 is the Kawasaki OEM backrest.  I don't think they are available through Kawasaki anymore, though.

No affiliation:  $269.99 off Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Concours-Passenger-Backrest-Mount-Kit-Rack-ZG1000-ZG-1000-/170861009748?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27c81c1b54&vxp=mtr
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2012, 01:20:03 am »
  Wow.  That much for a little seat add on huh?  I see that is a backrest plus rack though.  Wasn't sure if I wanted a rack though.  I wish I could see the actual piece I would be buying.   
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2012, 08:10:54 am »
That photo on EBay is for the newer style C10 seat as well. If that is the style, it wouldn't match the 86 seat quite as well. But it would do the job. I just thought I would point this out.

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2012, 10:24:51 am »
Givi topcase has backrest....the model I know about is called a "trooper"...very solid when mounted.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2012, 09:10:08 pm »
  Wow.  That much for a little seat add on huh?  I see that is a backrest plus rack though.  Wasn't sure if I wanted a rack though.  I wish I could see the actual piece I would be buying.

You don't have to mount the rack if you don't want to.  It is a separate part.  But both the backrest and rack require the same mounting pieces.

Here's the best pic I could find, that is just the mounting hardware and backrest.  It has the earlier style upholstery, though.


If you want just the backrest, here's the two parts you'd need.  (Again, no affiliation with the seller)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Concours-Backrest-K53043-052A-/251101175108?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a76cbdd44&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Concours-Backrest-Rack-Adapter-Mount-K53021-083A-/251101168705?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a76cbc441&vxp=mtr

$104.60 (with shipping) for the backrest, and $109.60 for the mounting bracket.

You might do better posting in the For Sale/Wanted section.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2012, 09:12:47 pm »
Very good reference thank you very much I will look into that as well
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2012, 09:20:44 pm »
Very good reference thank you very much I will look into that as well
I have a used one if you are interested, PM me if you are.....

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2012, 04:50:28 pm »
Very good reference thank you very much I will look into that as well
I have a used one if you are interested, PM me if you are.....

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2012, 12:56:15 pm »
Get the mount then you can make it into a true backrest not a buttrest.

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2012, 03:28:49 pm »
Hey Ken.  I don't know if your still looking for the Back Rest/Luggage Rack combo but if you are, I have one for sale. $180.00 shipped. My computer is down so I have to do everything via my phone right now. I'll check back.


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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2012, 02:44:04 am »
Hey Ken.  I don't know if your still looking for the Back Rest/Luggage Rack combo but if you are, I have one for sale. $180.00 shipped. My computer is down so I have to do everything via my phone right now. I'll check back.


Afternoon Chris.   :beerchug:

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 02:13:10 am »
  It is about now that I am starting to regret getting a Connie that is so old.  I looked at an 02 for alot more, and considered it.  I just happened to check the ads before bed when I found the 86 that I bought.  I was ok having a bike as old for the price.  I was not up for having to "hunt down" parts at all.  No not at all.  I did my research and saw that the c10 was made many years, so parts be they OE or aftermarket would not be a problem.  Well, I am having a problem!  I don't know when they changed the seat from 86, but when someone does actually answer my PMs or emails they have a backrest for sale to show me that does not match my seat.  It may work, but doesn't match.  So, exactly what I was trying to avoid is exactly what I am facing.
 
SO, is there any hope for me besides sifting through hours of emporium ads, cragslist ads, or whatever to find a backrest that is a match for my 86?  ugh.  How many years did they carry the original seat style/vinyl grain anyway?
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2012, 03:05:45 am »
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Ken. My life involves four kids (#2 is heading off to school soon), two daughters, one is 15 and the second one is 12........she's also a "Special Needs" child. Did I mention my wife and I work opposite shifts so someone is always home?  I can't jump on a post at a moments notice,  I try but not always successful.  I'm off tomorrow so I'll have the time to send you the pictures you requested. The back rest pad is a Basket Weave pattern and the luggage rack and all associated parts are fresh from the Powdercoater done in a gloss black.

Again, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2012, 03:21:00 am »
  Oh no, no need to apologize at all.  I just vented some frustration with a mix of a cry for help of sorts.  I was actually on my way to delete the whole post before I saw you responded.  I am looking at pictures of the assembly you are selling on the "other forum" as other guys on here so laughingly put it, and I can see that it in fact does not match, hence the problem I shared.  Looking at the pictures, it looks like the metal of all the bracketry is kinda rough?  It is shiny and black, but rough.  Am I seeing right? 
  My wife and I are on opposite shifts too, for no other reason except that is just what life has handed us for a long time.  It sucks.  No other way to put it.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2012, 03:29:21 am »
The basketweave is the pattern that matches the post 93 seat.  THe 86-93 seats had a pretty smooth leather type look with a few ribs.  The later model seats, 94-06, had the basketweave pattern.  Now I know folks have said it doesnt match and I suppose it doesn't... but if no one ever told you that you'd be perfectly happy with it. LOL  It IS the right color (black) and it is exactly the same part except that the upholstery material matches the late model seats exactly.  That said, I ran a late model backrest on my 86 for years and the wife felt it was just fine. Now I have a JC Whitney trunk and a later model seat on my 86 and guess what... you geussed it... the whitney trunk more closely matches the early seat.  But no one has ever noticed and I certainly couldn;t care less.  It looks fine.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2012, 03:42:39 am »
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Yes. It's a textured surface. It comes that way from the factory and it "Was" Flat Black that doesn't match anything else on the bike..........who knows why they do things like that :(.  If matching your current seat is desired, you could take it to your local upholstery shop and have it done. I can't imagine it would run more that $30-50?........it's not that big. If your wife is handy in the sewing department she cold probiby do it for a small fee  :rotflmao:.  Like there is such a thing with our wife's.  ;)

I may know "A Guy" who knows someone to do it cheaper. Don't look now but he's here in the board. I'll check around if you want.

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2012, 03:53:22 am »
  So for 7 years (86-93) it was the vinyl covering and for 12 more years (94-06) it was the basketweave/mesh fabric.  What that tells me is that my odds of finding the proper one should be alot better than it looks on the onset.  Perhaps if I want to be aesthetic purist, which I am, I need to start hitting up all the Kawasaki dealerships for the off chance that they would have one still in thier parts inventory?  7 years is a long time for a part to be available for it to become unobtanium.  Then again, it has been 18 years sicne the backrests were sold in that style.  Man.  I just HAD to buy a bike this old.  I got lured by the asking price like a rabbit to a carrot.
Tele130, I'm not totally against the piece you are selling.  I will PM further.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2012, 04:41:54 am »
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Yes. It's a textured surface. It comes that way from the factory and it "Was" Flat Black that doesn't match anything else on the bike..........who knows why they do things like that :(.  If matching your current seat is desired, you could take it to your local upholstery shop and have it done. I can't imagine it would run more that $30-50?........it's not that big. If your wife is handy in the sewing department she cold probiby do it for a small fee  :rotflmao:.  Like there is such a thing with our wife's.  ;)

I may know "A Guy" who knows someone to do it cheaper. Don't look now but he's here in the board. I'll check around if you want.



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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2012, 08:24:37 pm »
This is what the late model rest looks like. They are all black vinyl, just different patterns.
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2012, 08:26:17 pm »
  So for 7 years (86-93) it was the vinyl covering and for 12 more years (94-06) it was the basketweave/mesh fabric.
It is still vinyl, just with a different pattern. 
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2012, 08:38:04 pm »
To Rev, nope still didnt work.
To Outback Jon, do you have the early one you posted a pic of?  Wanna sell it?? :)
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2012, 08:42:50 pm »
How about now?  Phew!

This is what the late model rest looks like. They are all black vinyl, just different patterns.


This is the old style pattern.  See, both are vinyl. Both are black.  They just match the seat amterial and pattern specifically instead of generically.


This link goes to the Sampson backrest page.  The images on the left are the early style factory backrest.  The ones on the right are Sampson alternative cushions that can be put on it.

http://sampson-sporttouring.com/concours-backrest.html

  I also made one for the wife that is very tall like an old school chopper sissy bar rest.  She really likes it and it is very comfortable.  It also looks rather dorky.  However, I can tie more junk to it that I can stuff in and on my JC Whitney trunk, so I've been inclined to travel with it. LOL  Makes me look like the Beverley Hillbillies.   :)

Yes, my helmet is resting on top of the backrest in the first pic.


BTW, the person in the black hood is my bride and the funny looking one is Ted (Connie Rider).  WHat I did was make my own back plate and add a Yamaha backrest pad OVER the late model backrest pad and all of that went perfectly with my beaded seat cover. LOL 
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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2012, 09:10:59 pm »
Here is what I did or the wife and she loves it. Had a backrest pad made for the trunk around 200.00 bucks but well worth her comfort while she rides with me. I pull the trunk off week.

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Re: Backrest for 86
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2012, 03:54:55 pm »
To Outback Jon, do you have the early one you posted a pic of?  Wanna sell it?? :)
Nope.  Just a pic I found online.  I have a later model backrest, that is currently off the bike, but not willing to part with it.
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