Guys and gals,
Before I mention the backrest idea I have, I want to say that I'm a mechanical design engineer. I have about 17 years working directly as a design engineer for automotive OEMs. I am no expert or rocket scientist. I'm always learning. I have a regular design engineering job currently, but like to do projects of my own.
One of the things I like about the Rebel (versus the Burgman I own and am going to sell), is it seems much easier to customize and / or generate projects on than the Burgman. That said, my only issue with the Rebel so far is … comfort. I stated in another thread that I'm built like Shrek (no joke) and smell twice as bad.
As I was riding I thought, how nice it would be to kick my legs out, and have something to lean back against. I'd be in heaven. Forward controls exist, and are forthcoming. But I haven't much liked the options I've seen for a driver's backrest. But I got to thinking (stand back!), the bike has so little power (and I even kind of like that), that I don't believe I'll ever double anyone. I did double my son on it once and he said it was terrible. Seat was too small, and felt like he was slipping rearward off of it the whole time. So, I may never double again.
I was thinking, what if the rear seat could toggle up … like the trunk lid of a car? Except it would have to be fixed (up). So, I started working on a concept. I now have completed a design concept.
But before I start developing, I wanted to see if any in here had any interest in such an item. Right now my concept is, sort of a couple truss-type brackets. Remove the rear seat (easy), add this, add that, only needing 1 tool, and voila, the rear seat is now a driver's backrest! No holes to drill. No scratched paint. No welding. No Tom Foolery. Want to double? Comes right back off and the seat attaches back same as it did originally.
I'm probably going to make one for my own bike regardless, but wanted to see if there is any interest.
If so, I'll make a prototype (may be a while) and post up pictures.
P.S. Exhaust pipes in process to work on adding an AFR gauge to the bike, as mentioned in another post.