A couple people have asked about how the setup I use for my dog to ride on the bike. Since I'm new to the 1290, a lot of parts are backordered, and this is on going project, I figured I'd make a dedicated post about it. On my old GS, I didn't really need to do much for a decent setup. There was so much space with the stock aluminum cases that essentially all I did was replace the rear seat and rack with the BDCW Helo Pad, bolt together a backrest with a couple brackets and aluminum stock, bungee a bed on, and looped in some slings to secure him in. On this setup he sat perpendicular to the bike, stretched along the panniers. He had enough space to move around a bit, lie down, sit up, etc. but had limited reach because of the tethers. This isn't the case with the 1290. I wanted to get rid of the bloat I had on the GS, so no hard cases, no things jutting out the side, and ideally something modular. He's now sitting in line with the bike, which means less space for him, but also better protection from the elements and I think he's boxed in better. To get up and running ASAP, I came up with an initial design that's ugly but works pretty well. Ignoring the trial and error, it's really simple and doesn't require a whole lot: 4-5 ft. 1" aluminum angle 4x M8 bolts, washers, and nuts. I think I got M8x60. 4x 1" spacers for the M8 bolts 2x 8" metal brackets Cheap plastic dog kennel I cut the angle into two 27" pieces (you could probably get away with a bit shorter) to use as a frame for the kennel. These will be bolted on to the stock rear rack with the flat side up, extending as far back as possible, and using the spacers to provide support, basically like this: I wanted to raise the whole setup so it would clear the stock seat. While it does clear the seat, I didn't have enough room to actually remove the seat with the kennel on. Since the kennel wasn't on a completely flat surface, it had a bit more flex than I was comfortable with, so I added the 8" brackets directly on top of the angle using the rear bolts. I drilled holes in the kennel to match the bolt pattern and just stacked everything on top of each other, so... Rack -> spacer -> angle -> bracket -> kennel -> big washer -> bolt I don't have any great pictures of that setup up close, but you can get the idea here: I put some adhesive velcro on a dog bed and on the kennel and it stays put. I have since received the BDCW pillion and rear plates, so I removed the frame and brackets and just bolt the kennel directly to those plates: This isn't ideal since I need to unbolt it to get to the battery, but it works for the time being. I girth hitch a strap on each pannier rack to use as tethers for his harness. Other than relying on a plastic kennel, the main problem with this setup is that it's angled down towards the front of the bike. This isn't much of a problem on the road, but I can't stand up on dirt for long, otherwise the he has to constantly brace himself: I'll probably go to a hobby shop this weekend to find some high density foam that I could cut into a wedge and put in the kennel to try to level it out for the time being. I found someone to design and weld a permanent setup out of aluminum sheet, but that's about a month or so away. My basic requirements for that are: Built on a frame - this allows for... Smooth surface...because I wouldn't want to be sitting on bolts A quick detach system - I want to be able to easily remove it to get to the battery compartment or just work on the bike or whatever. If it's bolted directly to the plates that's not possible. Adjustable angle - it'll pivot around the rear so I can actually make it flat relative to the ground and avoid the forward slide. Is being adjustable necessary? Probably not, but having it adjustable isn't much more to add and is easier than the trial and error of guessing what the ideal angle should be. Modular - the BDCW plates are drilled to the rotopax pattern, so it should be easier to adapt to another bike Tether points - ideally something central so he has a single-point tether and something recessed to minimize how much it sticks up. Other mounting points - for bungees and straps and stuff, but I'd also like to make some type of roll cage thing both for added protection and something I could strap some fabric to in order to block rain and wind during the winter. Front lip - basically I'd like the bottom near the front to angle up a bit to help prevent sliding regardless of the angle I have it at. So that's the plan right now, hopefully there will be more to share soon...comments/suggestions welcome!