R1150R Stealth Backrest® Customer Comments
9/16/07: First of all, let me thank you for the backrest for my 2004
BMW R1150R. I simply love it. For months I have been trying to find a back
rest for my bike so my wife can go on rides with me. Step in, "Pirate
Jerry" to the rescue. I received it today and installed it immediately.
(I'm getting teary eyed just writing this). I looks great on my bike and
it couldn't have been more easy to install; even for a mechanically challenged
person like me. And a bonus, the backrest material matches the seat perfectly.
I can't wait to take my wife for a ride and be the envy of other BMW riders.
Again, "THANK YOU" for carrying the backrest and sending it so
Tony Montano / San Francisco, CA
to say thank you for this product. It isn't cheap and that gave me some
pause in ordering. But the paucity of alternatives and the safety and comfort
of my son and my wife (both of whom ride with me upon occasion) ruled the
day. But upon receiving the product I have to say it is worth every penny
it cost. It is wonderfully engineered and beautifully crafted - everything
it is advertised to be and more. In fact, it fits, looks and works better
than some BMW original accessories I have purchased! It is good to know
that some companies still take pride in producing superior products and
you have made a fan of this buyer. Thanks much!
Peter H. Alexander / Executive Director... St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital of Central Indiana
|I must have said, "Wow",
10 times while installing this backrest. You really must have put some thought
into the design of this thing. Very "stealthy", very sturdy, simple, elegant,
and it took me 20 minutes to install it. I could do it a second time in
five minutes. My wife tells me that she now feels relaxed after a long ride
on our BMW. She says that she no longer has to try to maintain a certain
posture while we ride, which used to make her back sore. I now hear her
talk about the things we saw while riding, instead of listening to complaints
about aching muscles. I know this back-rest comes off easily, but I haven't
removed it yet. I'm impressed with the close match to the factory seat fabric,
and it really looks like an item that came with the bike, rather than an
aftermarket one. It took less than 15 minutes to install the (hidden) mounting
bracket, and the back-rest can be put on and taken off in seconds now. Thanks
for making a much needed product for my R1150R. I really didn't want to
spend over $800 for a custom seat, just to get the backrest that attaches
Gary & Dawn Spolar / Cleveland, Oh.
|Jerry, I got the backrest
and installed it. The powder coating matches great, the install was simple
and straightforward . I added small stainless washers to the mounting bolts.
The backrest angle allowed for plenty of fore and aft room which we need
since I am long legged and grandma is a little chunky.
George King / Irving, Tx.
|The backrest is great.
My kids have tested it for some short rides and they really love it. Now,
when I accelerate, I don't have to worry about them falling off! ha ha!
It was very clever and useful for you to have the two positions. The forward
position is just right for my 9 year old son.
Robert Smith / Succasunna, NJ.
arrived a moment ago and it is already installed on the bike. Looks and
feels business; it received also an approving nod from my wife. Many thanks
for a the good work!
Juha R / Samoens, France
|Jerry, The backrest
works great. A cinch to install, and then bride gives it a thumbs up for
comfort. Put on a 100 miles the first morning with no complaints. Attached
you'll find a few pictures. Thanks
Dave and Sherry Gillis / Calais, Me.
|I got my backrest right
on time yesterday. What a pleasure to deal with! It did only take minutes
to install. Especially since the new rack came in on the same day. Took
longer to get the tools out than to install it.Very first class job on the
backrest/parts. I know my girlfriend is going to love it too! Its amazing
what we spend to keep them happy! LOL
Aaron Sacks / Westhampton Beach, NY
|Just got back from a
2,000 mile trip into Montana and Canada... the backrest is awesome coupled
with a T-Bag we had a nice amount of storage. I would not change a thing
on the design. I would suggest in your installation instructions that you
recommend using a medium grade of locktite on the bolts. There are 3 grades
of locktite and if you use the highest or strongest (can't think of the
color) you will have to break the bolts to get off the bracket. The other
two grades hold real well but offer you the ability to take off the bracket
someday. This is for us cheapo's who don't like to give a dealer anything
more than the base bike when we trade it in. Good luck.
John & Jonna Weeks / Salem, OR
|Jerry, ..Some feedback
for your site..I would encourage anyone considering the purchase of the
stealth backrest to get off the fence and buy one. ...Install time? 15 minutes
if you are a wrenchin retard like myself..... otherwise you'll be drinking
your favorite beverage admiring the quality craftmanship and thinking "why
couldn't I come up with something like that..." Before I bought this rest,
my wife was unhappy as a passenger on the 1150R and we had been considering
a different bike. The very first time she rode with me with the backrest
installed she changed her tune. The first stop sign we came to, she leaned
up and said "this is much better. I feel so much more secure and comfortable".I've
conversed with Jerry quite a bit during the production and purchase of this
rest. What I've found, is a great guy who is doing something he's passionate
about and everything he puts his name on, screams quality.He also has been
very accomodating to a special need that I had and will be doing business
with him again in the near future.
Brian Wilder / Monroe, Ohio.
|Just installed my R1150R
backrest...100 % satisfied....thanks! Fit and finish is Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ride More! WFO! Danny!
Theresa & Dan Blais / Derry, NY.
|The backrest was easy
to install. The hardest part was getting the stock screws out of the underside
of the luggage rack. It looks good. I think it gives the rack itself a more
finished look as the mounting bracket forms a bottom for the rack. I mounted
it and the next day took off on a 1000 mile trip with my T-bag hanging on
the rest. It worked like a champ. I don't have the pictures developed yet
but I'll scan them for you when I do. My wife just had surgery so it may
be a couple more weeks before she tries the backrest. She does like the
looks of it.
Follow-up: My wife and I did about 200 miles on the bike this past weekend. Loaded up the expandable T-bag and hung it on the backrest. No problems. My wife liked the backrest just fine. I was afraid she would fall asleep back there. Now she wants a more comfortable seat!
Dennis Haggerty / Copperopolis, CA.
|Backrest worked great!
We road 750 miles in 3 days and my wife loved it. Thanks for your help in
gettig it out fast. My wife can't imagine riding without it. Thanks again.
Mike Hurst / Spokane, Wa.
|The BMW R1150R: A naked
bike with the fusion of street style and hints of a touring contour, while
comfortable enough for a short or long trip. The one lacking element to
complete this timeless design lies in the security of your passenger. Until
Had the engineers sketched plans for a versatile backrest to compliment the "R's" character, it'd mirror Jerry's intuitive attention to detail, style and confidence. From installation to application the single most compelling thought remains it's purist approach. It's simply the missing link with an identical fit of form and function.
Quick delivery - nicely packaged - simple, three step installation - security - quick removal - quality service and attention you can only find from a budding entrepreneur like Pirate.
John Nunziato / New York City, NY.
|The backrest has arrived
and it is everything you promised. We took a 50 mile ride tonight and my
wife loves it. Angle of the bend is just right and the entire design is
very solid and secure. Great workmanship and it looks terrific on the bike.
I can't imagine that a factory accessory could be any better. Installation
was simple with the exception of removal of the 6mm torx head screws from
the factory rack. I think they must be using Loc-tite or some other fastener
compound. I stripped the head of one screw using the torx wrench in my tool
kit and had to use a combination of a screwdriver and vise grips to remove
it. The others were less difficult. Your assembly design was flawless. Thanks
again for making this backrest available to R1150R owners. I am sure when
others see this backrest you will receive many more orders.
Ken Hopping / Chagrin Falls, Ohio
|I love the idea of a
backrest. Even though Doug is a careful driver the idea of falling off the
back of the bike is frightening. The backrest that you sent is very sharp
looking and easy to install. It fit the bike well and looks BMW made!! Great
job. The backrest was like taking a Valium. I had no stress or tension.
I had complete support in my lower back and felt safe leaning against it..
even during hard acceleration. At first I thought it should be a little
taller, not wider though. After the ride home from dinner I was even more
relaxed and was not conscious of the backrest. The backrest also supports
my hips perfectly. The curvature of the rest applies pressure equally to
both pelvic crests. We plan on taking the rest this weekend on a long trip
I will write more later to let you know what I thought. Great design.. works
wonders for Doug and I."
Marsha F / Niskayuna, NY
with all the comments on the r1150r.net site about this being a beautifully
engineered and easy to install accessory. I does look like OEM equipment.
My wife loves it. An added benefit for me is that it provides a secure rest
for my helmet while I get the my other gear on or off, load up, etc. I'll
start hinting for your T-Bag as Christmas approaches. Looking forward to
future offerings for the 50R Thanks.
Keith Siers / Felton, DE.
arrived fine. Fitting was as easy as promised and I and very pleased with
the result, but my partner is even happier. Thanks
Colin Hardy / Durham, England
|I'm a little
late here but, I wanted to inform you that I received the backrest and instructions
in supberd condition and installation was a snap.
It's a beautiful addition to an awsome bike. Thanks
Peter Smith / Virginia Beach, VA
I received my brand new R1150R Stealth Backrest. It is everything that Pam
and I hoped for. installation took only about 10 or so minutes, the enclosed
instructions were very simple and straight forward. The mounting bracket
is very well made and is powder coated and is virtually invisible when installed.
The backrest pad is very well made by Sargent and the slide bar has a nice
brushed finished. Even the most anal among us will recognize the quality.
The backrest looks great on the RR, looks like it was designed by the same
industrial engineers that designed the System Cases. This evening when my
better half gets home we are going for a ride.
Pam & Dean Lear / Show Low, AZ.
I put that Stealth Backrest on my 1150R those riding dates on the Blue Ridge
Parkway seem to be much better.
Gene Piscitelli / Winston Salem, NC
all the R1150R Stealth kit am 3/22/2005 and fitted it same evening with
no poblems. It works well, looks good and my lady is well impressed. No
more lone rides I guess ?Many thanks a great bit of gear. You guys have
a good Easter and ride safe.
Mike Rowton / Cornwall, United Kingdom
|As I mentioned
to Amber on the phone, I have had a Stealth backrest on my BMW R1150R for
the last few years that my wife has really enjoyed. When I picked up my
new R12GS a couple of weeks ago, she insisted that our first accessory would
be another Stealth backrest to replace the one that followed my Roadster
to its new owner. The RR backrest was a very well designed and constructed
product, and Im looking forward to our new GS backrest with great
George W. Coppenger / Tallahassee, Florida
the new backrest for my R1150R is simply the best. My wife, who was petrified
about riding because she thought she was going to fall off the back, now
asks me all the time when we are going riding. And I have now
had the pleasure of taking both of my young boys on long rides, as I remember
doing with my Dad. Having both settings really makes it more comfortable,
depending on whos on the back. Your staff was really a pleasure to
deal with I recommend your site to everyone.
Charlie Broe / New Windsor, NY
I received the Stealth Backrest & Helmet Bag on Sat.. Installation,
on my 2004 R1150R could not have been easier and I am very happy with the
quality and appearance of the backrest and bag. My wife and I went for a
ride that afternoon and she really liked the fit of the backrest. Good job.
Glenn Kalmowitz & Robin Whitehurst / Annapolis, Maryland