UTOPIA hands down
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.
.... 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.