Making a Pro-Tac Driver Backrest work
If you want to pair the Pro-Tac
Driver Backrest up with a pair of Leatherlyke
Saddlebags, there is normally an issue with the
thickness of the PT mounting lug interfering with proper
mounting of the LL bags.
The simplest, and strongest solution to this issue is to
use a set of Suzuki rigid saddlebag supports behind the
LL bags. These supports will not only add the necessary
spacing to the bags, but will support the bags at the
proper angle, add considerable weight carrying capacity
to the bags, and prevent the bags from flopping around on
the bumpy stuff.
Of course, you will have to purchase appropriately longer
bolts, but these are readily available at most hardware
stores, and the use of these supports means that when you
pop off the bags, you will still have the supports on the
A couple of years ago, I made some
modifications to my Leatherlykes so that they would fit
around the Pro-Tac mounting lugs. This works, and allows
the bags to fit in close to the bike, but it does weaken
the integrity of the bag material at a crucial point,
necessitating the use of additional supports for the bags.
If you're interested in drilling and grinding on your LL
bags, click the link below for details on what I did.