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I'm kind of undecided right now. This is the first bike that I've had with a backrest, and sometimes it feels too confining. It also makes my back sweat a lot, so I get a bit soggy after a few miles.

I haven't had the opportunity to ride very far with it yet (100 miles max so far).

Do they help with long rides?

Are they something that just take a while to get used to?

What do you guys think about them, especially on long trips?

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Wouldn't ride without it.
 

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x2.Wouldn't leave home without it.
 

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I get the wet back also all summer long, but once the temps drop back into the 70's it's heaven. On cold March/April mornings it actually helps to keep me warmer. I wouldn't be with-out one on any ride over 100 miles. I believe mine is the Markland unit, and after adding a trunk relocation bracket Momma has plenty of room to fall asleep in... :gunhead:
 

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Riding single, I wouldn't be without it. Have it on both bikes... wife hates it, gets in her way.. She won't ride with it on, so for 2-up it comes off... (when momma ain't happy... ain't nobody happy..)
 

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love mine. I can't imagine riding again without one. Get some miles under your belt for a month or two, then remove it and ride. I thing you'll put it back on.
 

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Long rides, I won't leave the house without it. Short trips around town or to work, the back rest stays at home.
 

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The only time the back rest comes off the bike is when Momma is riding with me. Really makes a difference in comfort for me
 

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Mine stays on all the time.....

Momma won't ride with me yet but when she does it will come off, which is fine, I would want her as close to me as possible.
 

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I had 1 on my 83 and liked it but took it off to be recovered and really didn't miss it. Don't have 1 on the 1800 but do use a weight belt/back brace and find it is a good substitute and not in the way of a passenger.
 

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I very rarely ride with mine except for long solo trips. Otherwise makes it a little more difficult to dismount.
 

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Riding one up?
Won't leave home without it.

Double up?
I take it off because it isn't needed :)
 

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I agree with most, I like having mine. the 1000 had a mustang seat with a rest built in and the 1100 has a markland with I think a 1200 pad on it. I do have to remove it when Momma gets on (which she cant for a while now), when she's on I use her as the back rest.
 

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On my VTX I had a mustang with built in backrest, loved it, got to try an ultimate with built in backrest, LOVED IT, got my GL1500 and purchasd a bolt on backrest to go with the stock seat.... didn't really like it.... thought I needed to get used to it... nope still didn't like it, wife didn't like the mounting tubes hitting on her legs either, away they went. If I got an aftermarket seat with a built in backrest, I'm sure I'd probably like it again, but for me and the stock seat and the bolt on type backrest, didn't like it.

I think part of the issue was the seating position with a backrest (slightly more sporty and upright) vs the VTX (laid back and relaxed)...it felt like I was being pushed forward... and believe me I had it adjusted back :).

I'd agree with the majority that backrests are generally a nice luxury to have, specially for the longer trips... just this once instance didn't fit me the greatest... when I've got an extra grand or so to drop on an Ultimate, Corbin etc... then I'll have to chime back in LOL!
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As said by everyone else, wouldn't go anywhere but local w/o it. Saves me back and shoulder pain. And a 100 mile trip is hardly a decent test of whether you'll like it or not.
Take a real trip with it then decide.
 

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Wouldn't leave home without one. Momma works good when she rides behind me.

As for the wet back, cover it [the backrest] with sheepskin, just don't use the rug with a rubber/plastic backing. The one sold for a pet rug is about the right size for a backrest and to sit on during long/hot days. Might can secure it with bungee cords if you do not want to sew it so it will slip on like a pillowcase. Does well in the bottom of the top box when not being sit upon.
 
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