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It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? #254037
05/16/09 12:15 pm
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So my wonderful '71 bonneville is finally running properly and is a blast to ride. However my girlfriend doesn't want to hop on the back - she's afraid of falling off.

Is there such a thing as an easily removeable sissy bar to fit a stock 71 Bonneville? I can't bear the thought of having one on all the time.
I like the girlfriend at least as much as the bike so I'm trying work this out.

Thanks in advance.
Doug


'71 T120R

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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: DougWatson] #254046
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I see your problem - how about wearing a belt over your jacket and having her hang onto that?

Just a thought.

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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: Blapper] #254048
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Do not show her this, Doug. No sissybar will help her hop on ever: [click]

But... can you not fabricate something to bolt onto your grab rail?



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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: Ger B] #254050
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Girls always fear falling off as pillions...'Just hold me tighter,dear' , is the suggested rider's reply ...!

I don't know any who use the grabrail, whether because it is too low or because the rider is too irresistable (ahem) wink


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: meriden4ever] #254051
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Doug, If you can't convince her that holding on to you is the thing to do, I believe you will have MUCH BIGGER PROBLEMS with her in the future. Indiana Rooster

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: Jack Adams] #254060
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Eyy, yah, the ol sissy bar dilemma, and banish ye thought, ye old king an queen seat. To get the good results ye arrive at the ugliness of the iron steed. I have the same problem, meself, let me think, ahh, how about a temporary removable sissy bar and (ahem drum roll please) luggage rack for ye picknick supplies/basket. It would be so useful, and therefore as according to ol Murphy's law, even though there is ye thousands of aftermarket accessories, not er one is this item. Double shucks, grumble.

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: MrRippington] #254074
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sorry, i like to use my bike which means having someplace to put a gallon of milk or a 6-pack on the ride home from work, and a small sissy bar and knapsack works as well as giving the second rider a bit of security. I could give a cr@p about what someone else "thinks" is "Correct", I care about what works. ( boyers, oil filter, blue halogen ICE reflector headlight, LED turn signal/running lights).
I found this short one made by someone who knew how to bend tubing that fits the upright tubes where the grab rail attaches. It's the only one i've ever seen and it works great.

Here's some pix with and without the knapsack.




The little bumps are hose clamps that keep the bungee strap from slipping

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: Terry_tr6] #254083
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Thanks for all the suggestions...maybe velcro pants are the answer. wink


'71 T120R

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: DougWatson] #254090
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Oi Doug, what about these, motorcycle love handles.
http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?cls=MCYCLE&pcode=MTXMLH01
John


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: john toghill] #254096
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Doug, nothing wrong with a good sissy bar, esp. if it is easlily removable. Before Terry posted, I was going to suggest drilling out the rivet that holds in your stock grab bar and bending up a small sissy bar to fit in that location and instead of a rivet enlarge the hole slightly for a small dia. pip pin that would allow you to swap sissy bar, grab bar at will. You could get creative and bend up other bar configurations for specific needs such as with a horizontal component on each side for saddle bags etc. 4130 chromoly in a thin wall would be strong and light here, and I have made acceptable bends in such without a bender by packing with sand, sealing the ends with one end welded and the other with a wooden dowel hammered in and heating in the bend area and then pulling around an appropriate shaped form. The last time I used an old wire cable pulley stuck in the vise. Let the 4130 cool naturally in ambient air, do not force cool by any means. Good luck...Mark

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: MarksterTT] #254116
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I had a nice (they called it a "back rest") on my '72 Beemer - of course for Beemers they make everything to bolt right up - the whole thing was only about 10" high, with a nice built-in vinyl & foam pad - attractive enough to leave on... well on a Beemer anyway. It doesn't take a lot of height to hold a passenger in place (unless you're going to pull wheelies with a passenger like the idiot in the video).

I would shop around on the internet a bit - you might find something that you can modify to make removable.


Mark Z

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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: Mark Z] #254132
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Thanks for the tip Mark.

I'll look into getting some appropriate tubing and give it a whirl.


'71 T120R

Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: MarksterTT] #254234
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I've an old drag specs one on mine and they are easy to find on e-bay.



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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: JTsmks] #254570
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Thanks JTsmks,

Did it just bolt on or was some modification required?

Doug


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: DougWatson] #254595
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It will be a bolt on if you get the correct assembly. I believe 71 thru 78 is bolt on. Drag Specialties offered 2 setups. One for pre OIF models and one for OIF models If you see one on a bike later than 78 drilling was required or an earlier fender was used. OIF models are USUALLY drilled for the turn signal mounts.
I am sure if I'm wrong someone will do another post


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1978 T140V
Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: KADUTZ] #254614
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Kadutz's T140D can't fail to look cool - even with the backrest which seems to work in the photo, at least.
I'm not a backrest fan- Triumph sort of had one in indent in the topbox fitted to their Executive model but I imagine the buyer, then as now, had to rely upon aftermarket suppliers like Drag Specialities.


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: meriden4ever] #254682
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The nice thing about the Drag specs bars is they fit the lines of the bike, from the proper plane at the seat bottom to the same rake as the forks. (I did have to drill the 140D's fender and cut out for the hoop in the aftermarket tail light, I think the bar fits earlier t140s w/o drilling) My pad was picked up off the shelf at a local M/C shop to fit any "cathedral" bar. My wife REALLY likes it and I like it when I hve to "tie" something down. It looks a little "old school" which is the look I was going for since my first love of Brit Bikes came about in the 70's. I like the concourse correct machines but also am very fond of the "do it yourself" pioneering spirit which made the "bolt-on" customs of the past. (since the picture I've added "norton" gaiters to the forks and it really completes the bike)


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: JTsmks] #254683
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I know where there is one just like the one I used to have on my 71. It bolts on in four places: At shocks, and at blinkers. Tubular chrome. I would tie a back pack to it when traveling. If I put the pack in the front on top of the seat I could lean back against it on long highway trips.

You could negoiate with the owner for a price. PM me, if you are interested.

Thing to find is luggage rack. I wore holes in the back pack, and wore the paint off the tail light. I am looking for a nice small luggage rack to tie coat and stuff to.


Bob, Lifetime bike: '71 T120R, bought in '71 at Ken Heanes, England.
Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: btour] #255020
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Bob,

I sent a PM...my first on this forum hope it worked.
Doug


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: DougWatson] #255109
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Hi Doug,

I might have to figure out how to get it. Old Forum said you have a message. This one can not find where I have one.

This wholw thing will take a bit of time. I have to make sure it is still there and the correct one, and I will take a picture and send it to you.


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: btour] #255110
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Thanks Bob,

Check messages under "my stuff" top of the forum menu...that's where I found i sent one.

No rush on the part.

Thanks again
Doug


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Re: It pains me to ask this but....sissy bar? [Re: DougWatson] #255143
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Bob,

I have a freshly black powder coated OEM rack that I'm not using, but it needs upside down rear shox like IKONs.

Blapper redwine

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Hi Blapper,

Thank you for the offer. Very kind. I do not know what an upside down shock is. I have new ones and they look pretty right side up to me. smile


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Hi Bob,

I had Hagon's on mine when I got it and after I bought the rack and got it blasted and coated I noticed that the rack tubes would touch the top of the shox but not if the smaller diameter end of the shox were mounted upwards.

I bought another bike with luggage instead.

Blapper redwine


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