How to Make a Passenger Backrest Pad

Written by cameron easey
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A backrest pad is positioned at the rear of the motorcycle seat, and provides support for your back or the back of a passenger. This provides additional comfort when taking a long motorcycle trip. Backrest pads might be short or tall, depending on the type of support you require. The pad can be attached to most types of motorcycles with a bracket attachment.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • 1 1/2-inch foam
  • Felt tip marker
  • Knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Upholstery batting
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Metal strap bracket
  • Screws
  • Power drill

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  1. 1

    Draw an outline of the backrest for your motorcycle on a 1/2-inch piece of plywood with the pencil. Cut around the outline with a jigsaw.

  2. 2

    Place the cut piece of plywood on a section of 1 1/2-inch foam. Trace around the plywood with a felt-tip marker.

  3. 3

    Cut around the outline of the foam with the knife.

  4. 4

    Apply spray adhesive to one side of the plywood. Press the cut piece of foam onto the plywood to adhere the adhesive.

  5. 5

    Wrap the foam with upholstery batting. Fold the batting on the plywood, and secure it with the staple gun.

  6. 6

    Trace the front of the backrest onto the backside of the fabric. Add 1/2 inch to the edges of the fabric for the seam. Repeat this step for the sides of the backrest, and add 1 inch for the seam.

  7. 7

    Sew the pieces of fabric together with the sewing machine. Adjust the fabric so the stitching is on the inside. Place the fabric over the backrest, and secure it to the plywood with staples.

  8. 8

    Secure a metal strap-bracket to the centre of the backrest with screws, using the power drill.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover the back of the backrest with a piece of fabric and chrome studs.

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