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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-11-2007, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Backrest/cooler from Walmart

Been thinking about a protac for about as long as I've had the bike. I have been using a duffel bag with my clothing stuffed inside, tied on my passenger seat, for a backrest on long trips. My wife picked up this cooler:

at walmart and it worked out fantastic for my trip a couple weekends ago. I stuffed the zippered pocket with 2" foam rubber and faced it toward me. The cooler has a plastic shell insert to help keep it's shape and is big enough to hold 3 quart bottles of water and two blue ice bricks. Kept my water cold all day in 90 degree temps and my back relaxed. I pulled out at 7 am that morning and my water that I hadn't drank was still cold at 10 pm.
I sat it on the passenger seat and stretched a bungee across it and hooked each end on the luggage rack. It rode perfect there and although you have to mount/dismount a little less graceful, it was well worth it!

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Looks like a good bag. I'm on my way to check it out up close and personal.

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I emailed my wife and asked her to shoot a pic of mine so I can show you the actual bag. I hope wally world has them in all their stores.

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Sounds like a good Idea. Back rest and storage!!!
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Here's the real thing. It's an Arctic Zone brand.


You can see I stuffed the front pocket with the foam rubber. I just tuck the strap under the cooler so it stays out of the way before I bungee it down.

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Sounds like a good Idea. Back rest and storage!!!
I think so! Heck, when you're loaded down for a road trip, it ain't how you look, it's how you feel that matters and believe me, the backrest is nice. Plus, cold drinks. Can't beat that!

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And how appropriate that it's called the 'BackSaver'

I know the Walmart here has alot of Artic Zone stuff. I had a smaller one I used for storage on my dualsport. But it was mounted on the rear fender.
Great suggestion, Fergy!!


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to prevent someone from quickly undoing the bungee and running off with it, you might be able to run the strap under the seat. It would almost be permanent (unless someone cut off the straps)

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Or he could spit in each bottle of water, so when they stole his H2O and were enjoying it, he'd have the last laugh...

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For 20 bucks, option 2 might be more fun. Or put a pet snake in the bag.

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