Backrest or not to backrest on 1993 1500 Interstate - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
deradler1's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: N.E., Ohio, USA
Posts: 133
Post imported post

From those that have driver's backrest, is it worth the expense/grief if installing? And if it is worth it, what is the best kind out there?

"If your going to ride, make sure it\'s on a Wing."

Previous ride-1981 GL1100 Standard.
Current ride-1993 GL1500 Interstate
deradler1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 11:10 AM
Senior Member
Bellboy40's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Brewton, Alabama, USA
Year: 2000 & 1994
Model: 2000 GL1500SE Candy Spectra Red, 1994 GL1500SE Pearl Bermuda Green
Posts: 3,257
Post imported post

I wouldn't be without one myself. It sure helps keep my back from hurting when riding for a long distance. Here is a picture of mine... you can see it is mounted by bolting the brackets therewith the passenger grab rails. I don't know who made it because it was on the bike when I bought it. They are common though because I have seen the same ones on a lot of 1500s. It is adjustable forward and backwards by loosening the knurled knobs on each side and sliding it where you want it.


Only two things are infinite... the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the former.
-- Albert Einstein

Bellboy40 is offline  
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 11:18 AM
Keeper of the Bookmarks / Moderator
AZgl1800's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oologah, Indian Territory, USA...
Year: 2002
Make: Honda
Model: GL1800 Hot Rod Yellow
Posts: 57,129
Post imported post

That is the same one I have.
Won't be without it. Will lean forward a bit for the pillion to get on.

Or, it will slide off in one minute if you need it off.

~ John

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
AZgl1800 is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 12:05 PM
Senior Member
Parman's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Mt. Prospect, Illinois, USA
Model: 2010 GL1800
Posts: 3,264
Post imported post

I have one just like Bellyboy40 and it is a back saver on long rides. I will never be without one again.

Installation time is about 10 minutes. Remove and install 4 seat bolts at the passenger grab handles to install. Then you can adjust the backrest to your comfort level or simply slide back and forth or take it all the way off if you don't want to use it. It also has a nice pouch behind the seat back for smaller items.

Don (Parman)

"Sappers Lead the Way"
US Army (Retired)
101st Airborne Division (Ft Campbell KY)
1st Calvary Division (Ft Hood TX)
2nd Inf Division (Korea)
54th Engineer Bn (Germany)
Member of Patriot Guard Riders IL/WI

Honorary Wild Rhino

Honorary Newfie!! I have kissed the Cod (trout)downed the Screech, and shouted "Long may your big jib draw", so I am now a member of the Royal Order of Newfoundland Screechers.

95 1500 SE
Mileage: 103472

2010 GL1800
Mileage: 3604
Parman is offline  
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 12:54 PM
cromagjeff's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Model: 1988/1500
Posts: 445
Post imported post

I have the same one and find that if I do not use it I slouch more and have sore shoulders and tight lower back by the time I get there. So yes it is worth the hassle.

What can I say, I\'m just a caveman.
cromagjeff is offline  
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 01:10 PM
Senior Member
William_86's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Tampico, , Mexico
Year: 1999
Make: Honda
Model: GL1500 Aspencade
Posts: 4,379
Post imported post

i dont have one, but i have installed a few like the one on the pic and it is pretty easy. i bet it is worth the money.
William_86 is offline  
post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 01:22 PM
Senior Member
djoyner's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Year: 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995
Make: Honda
Model: GL1000, GL1000, GL1200I, GL1500I
Posts: 560
Post imported post

I have the same one as well (and a similar one on my 1200), and I never take it off either bike. It provides much needed lumbar support on long days in the saddle.

1978 GL1000
1985 GL1200 Interstate
1995 GL1500 Interstate
2006 VTX 1300S

Visit me at:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
djoyner is offline  
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 03:38 PM
Senior Member
Indianawantsme's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Schnellville, Indiana, USA
Model: 2012 GL1800
Posts: 720
Post imported post

I have the same one that came on my Wing and it is a Markland Industries. I sure miss a backrest when i drive my 750.

Steve E.
2012-GL1800- 34,700 miles
88-GL1500-124k+ mi. SOLD
78-Honda CB750K- 72k+ mi.
67-Suzuki 250cc T20-X6 Hustler-fun to ride yet

Bridgestone Exedra- front

Pirelli Snow Control 3-R/F
8800mi on it so far @36psi and less

Pirelli Centurato P1 87V R/F-took off with 14.5k on it and mounted new P1. Maybe 2k more left but had small cut, so in trash.
Indianawantsme is offline  
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 03:48 PM
akwright's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: woking, , United Kingdom
Model: 93 1500
Posts: 144
Post imported post

have one could not imagine riding without it. no hassle fitting

you wont regret it

sit back and relax on the straight bits
drag your pegs on the twistie bits
akwright is offline  
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 03:50 PM
gido's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 298
Post imported post

To: William_86. On some of your previous avatars I've seen the type of backrest you
have on your bike. That's more my style as well!

\'83 Wineberry Aspencade
owning and riding since \'62

You know you\'re getting old when your children insist that you report in during the course of your rides.
gido is offline  
Closed Thread

  Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums > Forums > Goldwing Technical Forum

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB Backrest for '95 Interstate Doug B. For Sale/Wanted Forum 1 07-11-2012 04:00 PM
Backrest for an 83 Interstate Richardrwg For Sale/Wanted Forum 4 04-09-2011 09:22 PM
looking for a backrest 1996 Interstate CAPT MATT For Sale/Wanted Forum 0 03-03-2011 12:23 PM
Stock seat, passenger backrest,And dragmasters drivers backrest for sale Like new GL1500 kswebb For Sale/Wanted Forum 0 10-06-2007 07:13 AM
1993 1500se riders backrest wanted texastaffy For Sale/Wanted Forum 0 08-22-2006 05:50 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome