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New to forum...seat back

I am new to this forum because I picked up a 85 GL1200 goldwing, I rode it a couple times and noticed my back started hurting, I did not have this problem on my small bike, it was a 500 Vulcan. My question is I was looking at installing a drivers seat backrest and came across one that said "for solo riding only" on the back of the seat, it looks like it would work but wondered why it would say that, is it for the protection of a passenger? or would just be uncomfortable? It installs with the bars that come down the side around the seat. Thanks in advance for responses.
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I think it will be fine to use that backrest. Don't know that it will help your back, though.

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Welcome to the forum.

The "for solo riding only" is a legal disclaimer and many including myself have used them two up.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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Well then

I didn't know I had to post city and state to be a member, excuse me, I am sorry I have not done that. I kinda wanted to keep that private until I felt comfortable on this forum. I see now that senior members must scope out new members and where they live. This is the welcome I get I guess. Anyway if you must know I am in AZ. You can google my name if you would like, it just might tell you which city I am in as I am currently serving as a commissioner on the planning and zoning committee.
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Putting your location in your profile has nothing to do with "scoping you out".

It's more about members that live close to each other helping each other, but I do understand internet privacy concerns.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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It's not a requirement but it helps sometimes. I can't imagine why anyone would think it's a threat to disclose the town they live in, but some do.

Mostly it just helps the other members know a little something about the environment your bike resides in and opens up a possibility for local help if you need it.

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Thank you

When I created my profile I use the Facebook connect button but failed to realize that it used my full name for user name until I signed it for the first time, I am not comfortable with that showing and I have asked for my user name to be changed, it is then I was going to put my city and state in my profile. I dont know what Bike...and Dennis real name is but I do know where he lives. If it is so important to know where I live I would like to know his full name. As Ken pointed out it is for my privacy until my user name is changed. I just needed an answer to my question and Ken has answered it. Thanks Ken
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I didn't know I had to post city and state to be a member, excuse me, I am sorry I have not done that. I kinda wanted to keep that private until I felt comfortable on this forum. I see now that senior members must scope out new members and where they live. This is the welcome I get I guess.
Michael, this forum is one that will do everything it can to help you with any issues that you may encounter on your bike, because many of them have experienced the same issue, some many times over. I can't even begin to count how many times I have been pulling my hair out over and issue and got it quickly resolved, usually within 48 hours or so by folks here.
It'll be a good idea to share all that you are comfortable with so these great people can help you, and others with similar issues, all that they can.
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I am new to this forum because I picked up a 85 GL1200 goldwing, I rode it a couple times and noticed my back started hurting, I did not have this problem on my small bike, it was a 500 Vulcan. My question is I was looking at installing a drivers seat backrest and came across one that said "for solo riding only" on the back of the seat, it looks like it would work but wondered why it would say that, is it for the protection of a passenger? or would just be uncomfortable? It installs with the bars that come down the side around the seat. Thanks in advance for responses.
Welcome to the forum. Your gold wing is most likely wider than your Vulcan thus putting your body in a little different position. If you have a big wallet in your back pocket, that will put pressure on your sciatic nerve. (Trust me I know) . As far as the back rest note, imagine yourself sitting back there with the back rest in place.

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Re: Bike and Dennis- you know where he SAYS he is, unless you're a computer person who can ferret out ip and know where that comes from.

You are probably looking at a WingLeader backrest- it has 3 holes on the side rails that allow you to move the rest forward or back
Mine says same, and I guess the solo use is about passenger getting pushed into you- the backrest folds forward and gives additional shove at low back- you end up on the gas tank with reduced dangling nodal clearance

On the Wing its not such a big deal as passenger has decent place to sit- rather than leaned on you for support.
Same backrest design was used on H-D, maker eventually dropped Wings and makes only HD farkles

GURUS?? Are the handlebars on the 1200 adjustable? Reaching for the bars quickly leads to back pain.
Leaned forward puts strain on forearms and neck, which will also let you know something is not right

** OP: can you have someone take a few side pics of you sitting on the bike- on its centerstand and post them here.
Between the back injury people and those in various medical professions- many can give solid advice
You may look at the pics and figure out what needs adjustment!

Do you have cruiser/crash bar pegs or just the stock location?
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