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Thanks to Steve's video instructions I successfully installed a Utopia backrest on my wing today. The instructions were right on target process-wise but the necessary seat cut was a bit painful and required more effort than I anticipated. I know that at one point when I was in the floor taking the knife plunge, if the camera was rolling, I would have been banned from this site as it did indeed resemble a monkey with a football .

Anyway it is a done deal and once again I thank Steve and all who provided personal feedback as it looks and feels great!

Thanks all!
 

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I sure enjoy my Utopia. I hate backrests on bikes but without one I wouldn't be able to stay on mine for long with my bad back. It does take some mental fortitude to stick the knife in a seat but it really is an easy job and looks good once it's done. Steve's video helped a lot and I could almost understand him.:cooldevil:
 

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me no go nowhere without backrest...why beat up back?
 

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A Goldwing does not beat one's back up. Other bikes may. Back problems must have come from some abuse given it by it's owner riding other bikes or worse... working.:action:
 

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I have a Utopia back rest on my bike. It was there when I bought the bike from the PO. I didn't know the Utopia was such a good backrest. What is so great about it? I haven't used any other backrest so I have nothing to compare it too.
 

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JIMBO83 wrote:
I have a Utopia back rest on my bike. It was there when I bought the bike from the PO. I didn't know the Utopia was such a good backrest. What is so great about it? I haven't used any other backrest so I have nothing to compare it too.
I had a Markland backrest on my GL1500whichprovided good back support but removing theseatrequired extra effort since it was attachedto the back passenger handle supports.Reinstalingwas also an enhancedchore whenre-aligningthe four seatbolts.
 

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hey exavid...i agree...most of us are very very lucky to have no back problems and i would be very sad if i did....i pity riders with back problems but still love to ride...with pain...or pain killers...the 15's are the most heavy of all bikes and most get used to the weight but its the fatigue that can beat you up and wear you down and bring on a spasm...mostly on long runs and a backrest can make all the difference;)

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A Goldwing does not beat one's back up. Other bikes may. Back problems must have come from some abuse given it by it's owner riding other bikes or worse... working.:action:
 

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JIMBO83 wrote:
I have a Utopia back rest on my bike. It was there when I bought the bike from the PO. I didn't know the Utopia was such a good backrest. What is so great about it? I haven't used any other backrest so I have nothing to compare it too.
I think it boils down to the fact that the ones which attach to the passenger handle bolts (don't require a seat cut:shock:) on the 1800 oblige the passenger to spread their legs apart too much.:waving:

(Someone will be along in a minute to correct me:cheeky1:) I have a Utopia on mine and apart from having to use two hands to make the cut (bit like Peter Sellers in Doctor Strangelove) the installation and finished product are fine.
 

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Well done Dave. It's good to know that the backrest tutorial is still helping people with the installation.
 
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