I found a thread in General, but it kinda went nowhere by the looks, thought I'd try the 650-specific folks:
Looking for a way to give my passenger armrests. The solution here
requires fabrication beyond my ability, plus the Givi cases on the Mueller racks prohibit this setup anyway by the looks of it.
What I have to work with:
--No metalworking skills.
--Am capable of assembling, drilling, bolting, and epoxying metal
--Can't cut metal--so anything bolted or glued together has to be off the shelf, or small enough to grind/cut with a dremel tool
--Don't have any friends who weld or a shop I can get to do it (good help is so
hard to find...)
--A Givi rack with an E52 Maxi case (the case must remain...it's the passenger backrest)
--Mueller racks (so any solution can't extend below the level of the handrails)
--I have no issues modding the E52 or the Givi rack as long as it does not compromise the function and integrity of either. E52 must at least be removeable, since for solo use I switch to a smaller V46.
What I tried:
I had thought to strap some duffel bags to the grabrails above the Givi's on the Mueller racks, but that turned-out to inhibit access to the sidecases too severly.
No idea how to accomplish this with off-the-shelf components (or even ordering stuff from McMaster-Carr), but if one of you is clever:
--Bolting armrests to the seat somehow via the couple of bolts up underneath. Somehow make a bracket and find some armrests that would work. Trick is I don't know where to start on the bracket nor what armrests would suit the project.
--Bolting armrests to the Givi rack or the E52 itself. The link above shows what looks like a plate under the rack...which is perfect if you have the fabrication abilities...I don't. And I suspect the E52 would not appreciate the strain of armrests bolted to it.
What I need:
Something for my wife Patricia to rest her arms on and at least lightly lean on with the chance she might nod-off and put her whole weight on them momentarily or put weight on them while mounting/dismounting.
She's hypothyroid--which to you folks means while she loves to go on rides, I ride smoothly and lazily enough that she often dozes-off from simple fatigue. The PC800 didn't have armrests, but she managed to stay upright while sleeping lightly, and usually tilted forward if she fell too deeply asleep (clunk!). But once in a while she'd drift sideways, and as I go into a turn she'd abruptly wake-up from leaning-over, slightly unsettling the bike. No real danger, and I've learned to wake her up before she gets "that asleep," but as a present for her, I thought some kind of armrest contraption would be sweet.
(I know, I know...speeches from the safety folks about sleeping passengers...we understand the risks...)