|Installing a small pillion
pad on the rack by Richard Cook
A friend gave me some old BMW club magazines and I saw several versions of pillions installed on the racks of old BMWs.
I didnt like having to swing my leg way up to clear the stock second seat or the looks of it, so I removed and traded it to a CJU fan who wanted to be able to carry both wife and daughter.
|I was cruising eBay for something I could adapt as it is kind of a pain to make good looking upholstery. There are many types for Harleys and cruisers, a lot of them just stick onto the fender with suction cups. I measured my bike and chose this one as close to where I wanted it to cover.|
|It shipped quickly and got here yesterday. All I needed to do was make a couple of brackets to make it fit the original holes.|
|First I laid
the seat on the bike and adjusted it where Id like
it. It seemed to fit better with the flatter part to the
front. Then I searched my junk until I found some bracket
Thats a sink drain actuator on front and some spa machine part my wife gave me that she can no longer identify. I removed a handle from it and ended up with a flat black ¼ inch steel piece that was about the size I needed.
Then I laid the parts out on the bike and considered where they would all fit and measured and marked them with masking tape.
I cut off to length, drilled, and attached the front bracket on with a couple of rivets. For the drop down bolts I used some license plate bolts I had here. I used some brass screws so I could remove them if I was off and when it fit the bike ok I riveted it in place.
Then I rechecked the rear bracket and put it n with one rivet to test. It fit well so it got more rivets.
Then finally mounting the pillion with Locktite and I think it looks ok. With three bolts it is easy to remove if desired.