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BMW R1250RS / R1200RS Stealth Backrest ..... Customer Comments

First of all, thanks for your efforts in bringing this project to reality. I remember when this popped up on the old (deceased) R1200RS forum. I even have a CAD file for it. Made an effort to source a fab shop myself, but there's no way it would have turned out this nice! Received it earlier than anticipated. Excellent packaging and instructions. Installation was as described. I ended up using anti-seize, as I do anytime I'm dealing with aluminum threads. The fit and finish are perfect and the little extra for the badge really sets it off. Rear seat comfort is great.

Typically I've used the BMW Soft Bag 3 as a backrest for my wife. Acceptable, but the Stealth has the curve (the pad on the front of the bag is flat) and positioning to allow slightly more room for her. The cover material is very nice and matches up well. Actually much better than the easily scuffed stock material. The OCD in me appreciates that you included alternate ways to secure the backrest. I actually drilled and tapped a second hole in the backrest bracket (not the base) to allow another 10mm of rearward travel.

Finally, the new base still allows the BMW soft bag (sold at Revzilla) to mount up as normal. Something I wasn't sure of initially. Long and drawn out, I know. But I thought you would appreciate the feedback.
David Taylor / Kernersville, NC / BMW R1250RS

I have completed the installation of the Stealth backrest. You were absolutely right….It was chimp easy, so before I did anything, I popped a cold one on this hot day. My comments & notes are on the copy of the instruction sheet that came with the backrest. After the install, I took my 17 year-old daughter for her first 30 mi. ride…She loved it! Position of the backrest was just right. Her comment: “My ass woulda sled off the seat”. Thanks for staying with this project! Regards..
Hiro Shiba / Littleton, CO / BMW R1250RS

Full write up in the April 2022 issue of BMW MOA “ON” Magazine. Courtesy of Mark Barnes

Purchased a removable backrest for my 2017 BMW R1200RS, from Pirates Lair. I live in Kingston Ontario, Canada. Had the backrest in 9 days. Product was wrapped in bubble wrap and packed with Styrofoam beads. No possible way for shipping damage. Absolutely excellent quality so I'm glad I spent the money on this to go on my BMW.

Backrest removes in about 10 seconds, for days I don't have my wife with me. Was also very easy to install, with very clear instructions (not at all complicated). Instructions even included some good "humor" which I appreciated, because who likes Instructions! lol Jerry was extremely helpful and took the time to explain things very well throughout my decision/purchase which was extremely helpful since I live out of country.

From first point of contact, you know Jerry is there for you and has your back! My wife absolutely loves the backrest and says its extremely comfortable. Really finishes of the bike for any type of long adventures! The longest ride we have taken since it was installed was just over 4 hours. She said she could have easily gone further in comfort. Many many thanks to Jerry and the staff at Pirates Lair! I'm so happy I decided to make this purchase!
Brent Reynolds / 2017 BMW R1200RS / Ontario, Canada

Jerry, I ordered one of your stealth backrests for my brand new R1250R because my wife likes to have something behind her so she doesn’t feel like she will slide off the bike. My BMW did not come with the stock BMW luggage rack so I also had to order one of those from my dealer. Your backrest came several days before the dealer part. I’ve included a couple of picks of the stock bike and also of the bike with the stock hand-grab steel removed. It has to come off and when the BMW luggage rack goes on it has new hand grabs integrated into it.

Intallation Tip: I read your instructions and paid special attention to the comments about the aluminum inserts for the luggage rack. My feedback on this comes from comparing the ends of the bolts – while the BMW bolts have rounded ends where the threads start the bolts from your supplier are very sharp on the ends. I tried screwing in the sharp edged bolts and could see how easily they might cross thread. I then used a small metal file and rounded off the sharp edges and they went in smoothly just like the BMW bolts. This picture shows exactly what I mean.

The backrest went on easy and looks great. My wife loves it and how wide it is and the curve of the material. She thought an alternate cover with a zippered storage “pouch” on the backside of the rest would be nice – nothing too big, maybe an inch or inch and a half deep to accommodate a lady’s billfold and cell phone. Anyway thanks for the great product. I’ve had a few compliments already from friend who are big BMW fanatics. I was told “Some guys put stuff on their bikes that just look crappy but that backrest looks like it belongs there.” A new Ohio customer,
Dave Schlamersdorf / 2020 R1250R / Lebanon, OH

Received the backrest today. Thank you so much for the quick turnaround. Pieces fit perfectly. I love it and my wife thanks you for the additional comfort. A very nice assembly. Thanks again.
Paul Sacramone / BMW R1200RS / Orange CT
The wife absolutely loves it it’s much more comfortable than the back rest that comes on many of the top cases. Instructions were very clear and installation only took about 10 minutes. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has this model bike.
Les and Heather Stonebrakers / BMW R1250RS / Hebron, Ky
The fit and finish are spot on, looks comfortable enough for a passenger, but I have not had anyone on the back of my bike yet, looking forward to it . Will let you know more soon.
Rich Imperiale / Saint Louis MO / BMW R1200RS LC