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Drivers backrest and gl1500

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Im looking for opinions about drivers backrests. I have every intent on adding one to my new to me 1500 and have looked at the two mounting options.

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.

On the other hand I'm not sure if I'm comfortable cutting up a seat to mount the other type.

What is your guys experiences on these?
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I would not ride to the store without my backrest, much less go on a trip. When my wife rides with me, I simply take it off to give her room, and then I lean back on her. Works for me.

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I have this one by Show Chrome (although it says Hopnel on the tag) that mounts through the seat.
I researched and found, like you did, that the ones with the bars irritate the passenger's legs.
Believe me, I don't want anything that will irritate my wife any more than usual.

Installing isn't really that bad. I was leary as well about cutting up a new seat that I had just bought.
I must have measured and marked three times before the knife ever came out.
After that first incision, the rest was easy.

I wouldn't have another bike without a backrest now.
I'm thinking hard about getting a custom seat.
With it, however, I'm going to let them do the cutting.

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This is the one that gets the most good reviews. They have an option for "quick out", removable backrest.
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I've had the Utopia pointed out to me a time or two. It's in the short list. Still a bit hesitant to cut the seat cover. But I suppose I could silicone the area to seal it.
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I think I had the Utopia on my 97. The 96 has a different one; I'll check and let you know tomorrow. It's an easy on/off.

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I have had two of the kind with the side bars on them.
an abomination for passengers.

I went with Utopia 3 times, and never once regretted that hole in the seat.
It is invisible when the backrest is installed, and I don't know of anyone who removed the backrest and got rid of it.

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The Utopia is about the best. You get a piece of leather with a slit in it to put over the hole you have to cut in the seat. watch the video, it's not that big of a thing to do. I had one on both my 1800 and loved them. BUT the ones with the tubes are more adjustable forward and backwards,. \




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I love my utopia backrest, I can adjust it on the fly for long hauls or up more for better posture.

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I've had the Utopia pointed out to me a time or two. It's in the short list. Still a bit hesitant to cut the seat cover. But I suppose I could silicone the area to seal it.
UTOPIA hands down .... if keeping the stock seat.

It had a Hartco on it when purchased, it was brutal and got worse ..... I knew the original owner gave me a seat that looked worn so one day in desperation, I pulled it out of storage, found it was just a cover that was worn .... it was put on when the seat was a couple months old .... under that worn cover was a new 1997 GL1500 seat. I was gonna loose my back rest though ..... so I went through what you are now .... and bit the bullet and ordered Utopia and even asked for rear pass arm rest covers to match.

I followed instructions, "made the cut" .... and found that the very heavy duty sticky backed reinforcement that they supplies ..... WORKS. Once it's done, you'll be ecstatic with the results!

Used it 3 plus (Mar 2012-Aug 2015) years before accidently stumbling onto a Corbin for a price I could afford to experiment and modify and recolor .... which I've done ..... but this stock seat with Utoipia was great ..... far and away better than that Hartco.

I did add one extra piece to my Utopia .... under the seat, a cross bar of sorts. It just snuggles up in the recess and seemed to stiffen it up a hair ..... and I drilled / tapped two more holes. It is not something most would do.

I also found that the Utopia was very easy for "Wife Unit" to get on / off over top of, she gets on the rider seat, then puts feet on rear f-boards, stands up, sits on rear .... but it's a Trike. On a bike, many use a hitch pin type pivot that can be pulled and the back rest removed easily if needed. I just used a 1/4" bolt and lightly peined the end just enough the nut stays snug.

I added some pics showing details to maybe help you with location of cut, etc. The inner bar will fasten inside the seat pan .... you'll see how easy when you go to install. You can see the under bracket and how it rests on frame of bike in use.


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