Hi, I'm trying to modify my bike (an ex500) for more passenger comfort. Specifically, I would like a sturdy passenger backrest with a luggage rack attached. I would like to lower the rear footpegs and move them slightly forward. i would like a seat pad to raise the passenger an inch or two. And several other things. When I start pricing this stuff with on line stores, the bill runs up very high, very fast. In fact, I could very easily spend more than I paid for the bike. And some of it is not easy to find because the bike has not been made for a while. If I knew how to weld, or do upholstery, I would try myself, but I don't and these are not the sort of things I would want to practice on. I was considering going to a local tradespeople and telling them what I want and seeing if they can make it for me. I'm wondering, is this a bad idea? (for safety reasons or any other). Would it be more hassle and money in the long run than just buying the stuff online? Would I be better off going to custom bike shop (because they know about motorcycles)? Or just contacting individuals with these skills (even though they may no nothing about motorcycles)? How should I prepare? I have heard of people making models for rack and parts out of cardboard and coathangers. I realize there are many variables, but if any of you could give me any tips, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!