Yes that critter on my seat is a superb patagonic sheep skin. It gives you great comfort on long distances.Warm?not a bit.It changes your seat in to a couch!!!! The panniers rack is self done.It is a copy of the Tesch design.I had on my G/S in Germany.It is very strong,easy to put and take the panniers on and off.As the subframe from the L is very thin(allmost a joke!) the Tesch rack brings all the force to the main engine frame. http://community.webshots.com/album/453546212qRDBgc In this album you can have more detail pictures. The engine plate is self made too.I took 5mm Dural.It is done wider to protect better the cases and levers! I like the old Maier handprotectors.