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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 01:11 PM
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The backrest that came with my 96 is worn enough that I can't tell what brand it is. There are two arms that attach to the pax grips, and those flat bars have three adjustment holds on them. The seat back then attaches to those holes with a pin and cotter-key arrangement that makes it very easy to adjust or remove. The backrest is marked "Do not use with passenger" or something to that effect though.

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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting that the backrest says not to use with a passenger. I've not seen any others with that warning.

I priced some Utopia backrests. I think when money allows I'll put that on the bike along with some passenger arm rests.

The latter is to help save my shoulders. Lol. My wife is new to motorcycles and I found has a ferocious grip. We are taking things slow and in small doses to get her used to being a passenger.

That may have to wait till after the new year though. Between buying the 1500 and the money the 1200 is soaking up my spare cash for bikes is drying up.

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I got rid of mine....

When I got my 97 Wing a few years back, I thought that the fact that it had a backrest was a great bonus. The truth is, I rode around with it for a couple of weeks and noticed that I had to make myself lean back against it, so, I took it off and sold it. That sweet ride is so comfortable, I can ride for hours and never feel as if I need to lean back.

My previous ride had a backrest, and I wouldn't go anywhere without it.

It just confirms yet again what a great upgrade I had made.

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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-08-2016, 07:27 PM
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I had thought to get one of those that mount to the passengers Oh **** handles. But I've been informed that passengers tnd not to like them because their legs rest on the pipes and it can be uncomfortable.
Odd, I have a back rest that attaches to the grab rails, but I've never heard a word of complaint from my pillion.


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I hate to say it, but I think your 2 up died while waiting for you to get done polishing the bike.

Safe to say you will not have to put up with complaints about your riding.
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I wondered why no complaints were coming thru the headset~
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Yea, Bug, I think we've taken that whole low-carb diet thing a bit far.

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On the other hand,

Now you can ride in the carpool lane.
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In Ca. we get to use the carpool lane all the time, AND split/share lanes when in traffic.
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Utopia backrest is by far the best! The company is also one of the best. I installed one of the removable ones on my '93 which had a brand new OEM seat. It was a bit worrying cutting the seat but I watched the stuff Steve Saunders had on this website and found it to be easy and quick. I wanted the removable one so my I could take it off when the woman who hangs around here was aboard on the pillion.

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