cuppini backrest improvements
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2007 LX150 Excalibur Gray
Joined: 06 Jun 2007
Posts: 30
Location: studio city, ca
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:43 pm quote
I wanted an old school rear rack/backrest combo for my LX150 (when the darn thing eventually arrives!) rather than go the topbox route. As fellow fans of this choice may know there is little to choose from. There was a good standard option available for the ET4 which also fit the LX150, but I couldn't find anyone who still stocks them, and there aren't any used ones out there either. I scoped out the Cuppini and decided that although the backrest part was an exercise in design incompetence, (it basically waves in the wind with a 2 bolt attachment to the rack and no strutural support) I might be able to make it work. I picked up a used one from an MV member (thanks Mel) and did the following: Inserted a foot long piece of wood between the backrest and the rack member (about 2' wide gives a tight fit) and secured it to the bars with 3/8" pipe brackets. I also painted the wood matte black so it would look reasonably inconspicuous. The pad is alo useless in stock form. After some experimentation to find a combination which would give some level of cushion but not squish down to the point where you could still feel the bars through the pad I arrived at foam packing board (the flexible shiny type) topped off with recycled computer mouse pad material. Total cost about $10. It seems as if it will function well and looks OK too. Hope this helps any frustrated Cuppini owners

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side view showing how wood transfers load from backrest to rack

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view from behind

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cover, mouse pad aand packing foam

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finished item

Molto Verboso
2015 Primavera Montebianco "Falcor"
Joined: 02 Apr 2006
Posts: 1973
Location: Atlanta
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:06 pm quote
I think it looks great Des, looks a LOT more stable. Who would have guessed, a backrest that you can actually use as a backrest!!!

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