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Back rest opinions

Post by MiWinger51 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:08 am



I am looking into a back rest for my 1800. Have narrowed down my choices to Utopia, Smart mount removable, and Kury. Utopia and Smart mount reguire cutting the seat. Kury is removable and the mounts are attached on each side. Thoughts and opinions??


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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by aj1500 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:20 am

I can't speak for the specific models you mentioned or for the 1800,, However I have the one that mounts on the sides and is removable
now, I had the one that goes through the seat on my other 1500. they both have there good and bad but if i had my choice I would rather have the one that goes through the seat.
the one with the 2 rails is more adjustable as in forward and back but it can also ride against your sides and some have complained that the passengers don't like the rails. my wife has never had an issue with them but I could definatly see it being a problem
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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by FM-USA » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:10 am

My 1500 came with the Kuryakin backrest (2 rails style). Tried it, didn't like it. I'm one who needs to likes/needs to body sway for fine tune balance adjustments and backrests hinder that. Also I'm the type of rider who in emergency maneuver situations throw my weight to quickly get around "X' object.
I made different pads shapes & sizes but none seemed to work out.

ANYWAYS...
IF I had to have one, I too rather have the post through the seat vs the 2 post style. Partly cause I had passenger leg irritation and that "feeling cramped" complaints. She sat on a showroom Wing with push away arm rests and she REALLY got that cramped feeling. :shock: BUT everyone is different.

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by Hoosier Jack » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:50 pm

I decided today I want one for my 1100. Started looking

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:27 pm

I have experience with three different ones:

GL1100, Markland "frame on either side of the seat" type - reasonably comfortable for me, very uncomfortable for the passenger, who had the bars dig into their legs.

PC800, Utopia. I installed it myself, it is a "through the seat" type. Fairly easy to install, very easy to adjust to any height, position fore/aft or angle. Comfortable for passengers as well.

GL1500, Corbin. Through the seat type, with cutouts for passenger legs. By far the most comfortable for both rider and passenger.

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by mamporrero » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:59 pm

Revolution Kuryakyn Backrest (K8930).
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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by raven41951 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:08 pm

I put the utopia on my new ride. I didn't want the bars on the others so I opted for through the seat. I ruined a 1500 seat so I had a local uphosterer install this one for $100 and priceless piece of mind. He did a super job and now my back can last.

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by Pam » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:53 pm

I have the Kuryakin on my 1800, love it 3 positions and can come off easly, makes me sit up or I tend to slouch easy install

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by Ghostman » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:25 am

Ive got a Utopia and Im very happy with it. Originally I had a Khromeworks and later a Kuryakyn but the missus didnt like the support bars for the backrests. Ocassionally she would get bruises on her legs from the backrest supports. The only downside I found to the Utopia is if you have a custom saddle where it puts you back further in the seat your backrest is further back cutting into your passengers room. I have a Wingsoft and my late wife was 5 ft tall 125 lbs. My new passenger is over 5.5 ft tall and over 150 lbs and I wound up going back to a stock seat with a Utopia so shed have more room. The Utopia is easy to adjust especially if you ride with different jackets with back padding.

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by seelyark1 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:54 pm

I have found that on all things Kuryakin, that the chrome does not last long. Have taken most of it off. The Saddleman Seat with the through the seat backrest is very comfortable.
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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:58 pm

This was the backrest on my GL1100, it was a Markland, with frame members that went around the outside of the seat. It made it quite uncomfortable for the passenger, as it would spread their legs, and the bars would press on the insides of their legs.

GL1100 Markland Backrest
GL1100 Markland Backrest

This is a Utopia backrest that I put on my wife's PC800. It is a "through the seat" type. Installation on a PC800 is abnormally difficult, it's usually much simpler, but it is very adjustable and very solid. Highly recommended.

Utopia Backrest - front
Utopia Backrest - front


Utopia Backrest - back
Utopia Backrest - back

This is the Corbin backrest on my GL1500. You can see the cutouts for the passenger's legs, which makes it very comfortable. This is an older version which is adjustable for height easily, and fore/aft adjustment requires removing the seat. The newer ones have simple fore/aft adjustment, which is far more useful.

Corbin Backrest - front
Corbin Backrest - front


Corbin Backrest - back
Corbin Backrest - back


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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by themainviking » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:57 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:27 pm
I have experience with three different ones:

GL1100, Markland "frame on either side of the seat" type - reasonably comfortable for me, very uncomfortable for the passenger, who had the bars dig into their legs.

PC800, Utopia. I installed it myself, it is a "through the seat" type. Fairly easy to install, very easy to adjust to any height, position fore/aft or angle. Comfortable for passengers as well.

GL1500, Corbin. Through the seat type, with cutouts for passenger legs. By far the most comfortable for both rider and passenger.
And I have the Ultimate seat with through the seat backrest.... same comfort level for rider and passenger as the Corbin mentioned above.
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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by csharon1 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:57 am

Here is the bike I pick up this week, My new Baby !! It has a Back Rest that looks very comfortable, but have NO IDEA what kind it is, any info would be appreciated .
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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:25 am

csharon1 wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:57 am
Here is the bike I pick up this week, My new Baby !! It has a Back Rest that looks very comfortable, but have NO IDEA what kind it is, any info would be appreciated .
That's definitely a Utopia! You'll see it here: http://www.utpr.com/goldwing.html

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Re: Back rest opinions

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:00 pm

owned two 1500s, a 94 and a 98.

Both had that damned piece of crap Markland backrest.
okay for the ride, but holy crap, a passenger can't ride with them, so the backrest came off when I had a rider.

Now, on my 1800 it has a Utopia that I installed myself.

Wonderful, folds down out of the way. I love it.
Very comfortable right along with my Mick-O-Pegs...


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