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Behold... the R1200GS Stealth Backrest®. After a full year of research, development, and real-world testing the GS Stealth backrest has turned out to be, as expected, a thing of beauty, simplicity, and comfort and.. a worthy addition to the Pirates' Lair line of specialty BMW products. The lightweight stainless steel stealth bracket with it's patented design bolts directly to the rear factory rack via furnished stainless steel hardware and blends perfectly with the lines of the bike. The production versions are covered with a slightly textured silver powder coating that closely matches the color of the factory rack. The backrest's polished stainless steel slide bar slides on and off the bike in under 20 seconds and.. without tools. Fits 2004-2012 BMW R1200GS. Our backrest fits the early 2013 production R1200GS's with this rack.. it does NOT fit the water-cooled 2013/2014 with this rack.
Note: Our backrest will NOT fit the Adventure unless the standard GS factory rack is purchased and installed..

Our first class upholstery is done by world renowned custom seat and backrest maker...Sargent Cycle Products. They have furnished imported materials that is a dead-on exact match for the factory seat covers.

Our GS Stealth backrest offers 2 easily adjustable positions.... full back and 1" forward (recommended for children ONLY.) Easy 4 minute install. No modifications necessary. When you do NOT want the backrest on your bike, it slides off in under 15 seconds. Worried about protecting the finish of your factory rack from our metal bracket. We got that covered, too. We furnish (4) 3M vinyl peel-n-stick strips to protect your factory rack from any scratches while the Stealth bracket is in place. See.. we thought of everything!! In case you are curious.. No...there will NOT be a gray cover.

Every GS Stealth Backrest comes standard with a quick release knob for "tool-less" backrest removal as well as a standard hex screw if you choose a more permanent mounting method. The furnished polypropylene knob with stainless steel stud will stand up to any weather condition.. salt, UV, rain, cold, heat, hail, etc..With the hex screw... you'll need an Allen wrench (not included) and a minute or two to lock it into place or to remove it.

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Give your passenger the support and comfort they deserve/demand when they need it and say good-bye to those pesky fingernail imprints in your ribs. As soon as they get off... remove the backrest and ride without looking like a sherpa with all kinds of ugly visible bracketry cluttering up the world's most beautiful dual purpose bike. For what it's worth... I think it's the sleekest of all our "Stealth" backrests and definitely worthy of the moniker. Check out the full page review of the R1200GS Stealth Backrest in the May 2010 Issue of Rider Magazine!


Pirates' Lair also offers optional semi-soft luggage for all our Stealth backrests from CDL Enterprises.. makers of T-Bags. A small around town Roll bag and a larger Universal Helmet bag. When your passenger isn't on board, flip the bag around and have it sitting in the seat behind you for better weight distribution.

Attention Gravitationally Challenged: Due to design restraints, we were limited in how much fore and aft room we could provide with our GS stealth. All our prototype tester's passengers were either normal weight or slim women. All said that they had PLENTY of room and were perfectly comfy. However.. it is our opinion that an overweight passenger or man might find the accommodations... lacking. Therefore, we suggest you seriously evaluate this aspect (and your passenger's) before purchasing.

* Pirates' Lair offers a Full 2 Yr Replacement warranty and I'll assume that Sargent will stand behind their pads and covers. Either way.. we're here should you need anything. Questions? Call 828.628.7093 EST


2013 R1200GS: In the middle of the 2013 model year, BMW changed rear racks. The late 2013's have an all new rear rack which means our first generation Stealth backrest is incompatible.. Our backrest fits the early production R1200GS's thru mid-2013 with this rack.. it does NOT fit the late 2013 with this rack.

2014 R1200GS: The good news for late 2013+ owners...We are currently working on the 2014 R1200GS Stealth backrest. It's going to be a thing of beauty. All aluminum. Sleek, sexy. If you know of someone who has the new water-cooled GS that can assist us in Asheville, NC... please let us know via email We will make it worth their while..


Customer Comments .. Click Here
Pics of Our Soft Luggage on R1200GS .. Click Here
How-To Install the R1200GS Stealth Backrest .. Click Here
R1200GS Stealth Backrest with Rick Mayer Seat .. Click Here

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2004-2012 R1200GS Stealth Backrest Complete 375.US (USPS Priority Included) Temp Out of Stock! Next Shipment Due Est April 20th!
2014+ R1200GS Stealth Backrest Complete 375.US (USPS Priority Included) Coming Soon! Not Taking Pre-Orders!

SPECIALS: Want to save some money on a backrest? Not as anal as the rest of us poor bastards? On any given day, we may have a few slightly flawed brackets on hand. As the brackets are powder coated, sometimes the process leaves tiny blemishes on the visible finish surface or there are minor blems in the backrest material. I deem these "unworthy" of selling at full retail price hence the $30 discount. FYI.. my standards are very rigid. Most people will never notice the flaws when it's installed.. None of the flaws effect structural integrity. Flaws are cosmetic only. For this particular flawed model, the material on the cover has a couple of almost invisible horizontal lines due to initial folding of the material when shipped from the factory. You can NOT even see the lines at most angles and you certainly can't feel them. I almost let this one go as perfect, but it's not quite hence the discount.. Call for availability before ordering!! 828.628.7093 EST
R1200GS Stealth Flawed @ $30 off / $335.U (USPS Priority Included) Out of Stock!!