Looking For Backrest Experience


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Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:15 am



I'm considering buying a gl1100 Aspencade seat that has the backrest built in, down through the seat. Does anyone have any experience with this type of backrest? Among my concerns is that being 5'9" I won't be able to adjust it forward enough to do any good.



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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:48 am

When something is too far away,modify.
I move my pegs to fit me.
If you can't move the backrest to fit,modify as needed.
Add a slip on cover with spacer padding,build a adaptor to move the backrest,whatever it takes.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:02 am

virgilmobile wrote:When something is too far away,modify.
I move my pegs to fit me.
If you can't move the backrest to fit,modify as needed.
Add a slip on cover with spacer padding,build a adaptor to move the backrest,whatever it takes.


Good thinking. I bought it and here it is. Is it adjustable?


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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:16 am

Up an down looks like.See if the black mount to the backrest can be reversed to the outside of the verticle bars to push it further foreward.
Nice looking seat by the way.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:22 am

virgilmobile wrote:Up an down looks like.See if the black mount to the backrest can be reversed to the outside of the verticle bars to push it further foreward.
Nice looking seat by the way.

Should be interesting. I'm planning my bucket list trip and decided to treat myself to a backrest and a new windshield. I liked it too, thanks.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:57 am

Your planning a trip.?
Do tell.
How's the rest of the bike? Volt meter installed with the new timing belts.?

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby Oldbear » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:01 am

I've got a Corbin with the slide in back rest. I use it all the time when I have my feet out on the highway pegs. The post is slightly smaller than the hole; so the backrest has some side to side flex. This makes shoulder checks very comfortable... no backrest digging into my back as I twist.

As far as modifying what you have: If its too far back, put some spacers between the post and the back pad.
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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:20 am

virgilmobile wrote:Your planning a trip.?
Do tell.
How's the rest of the bike? Volt meter installed with the new timing belts.?


Voltmeter? Maaaan, I got me an altimeter!!!


I can't find anything wrong, and I'd say I've looked, tires, belts, brakes. I know it's charging well and the battery is good. Will definitely go through the electrical again now that I know that volts is the volume, amps is the speed, and resistance puts the squeeze on a little fat guy that kinda resembles me. :D

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:28 am

Oldbear wrote:I've got a Corbin with the slide in back rest. I use it all the time when I have my feet out on the highway pegs. The post is slightly smaller than the hole; so the backrest has some side to side flex. This makes shoulder checks very comfortable... no backrest digging into my back as I twist.

As far as modifying what you have: If its too far back, put some spacers between the post and the back pad.


Thanks for the tip. That reminds me that the passenger backrest on my GL500 is so modified.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:19 am

Altimeter .????
Just so you know...even tho there called a Wing..they don't have them and really shouldn't leave the ground.

Just how high did you plan on flying it.?? :lol:

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:35 am

virgilmobile wrote:Altimeter .????
Just so you know...even tho there called a Wing..they don't have them and really shouldn't leave the ground.

Just how high did you plan on flying it.?? :lol:


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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Did you look around underneath the seat for an adjustment?I've had 2 of this style seats with backrests(Hartco and a Corbin) and both had for and aft adjustments as well as being able to tilt the backrest.The Hartco adjustment was on top and the Corbin has it underneath the seat.
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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:52 pm

Fatwing Chris wrote:Did you look around underneath the seat for an adjustment?I've had 2 of this style seats with backrests(Hartco and a Corbin) and both had for and aft adjustments as well as being able to tilt the backrest.The Hartco adjustment was on top and the Corbin has it underneath the seat.


That's good to hear. I asked the seller for a picture of the underside but now that I've bought it I'll probably have to wait until it arrives to check it out.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:52 pm

It looks like there are three nuts securing the down bar to the pan and that the bar can't in any way be moved:

Seems to me that I would be able to remove the two bolts holding the backrest on and then shim the pad forward with plywood or some such material if necessary:

I did find that when poking at the foam through the holes it just crumbled, though it did seem pliant after the first inch or so :roll: I really like this style backrest and am sure I can make something out of it.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby Oldbear » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:14 am

I'd use rubber or HDPE (plastic) blocks as spacers between the back rest and the flat bar that hold the mount that holds onto the round bar.
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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:31 am

The armrest mounting bracket and the trunk make it a tight fit but it's on the bike:

I'm working with shims now and this feels about right for me; kind of brushing my back but not at all pushing me forward:
Oldbear I was going to go to rubber but I like your plastic idea better and will head that way once I determine the depth.
Well now, that feels much better. I think it stabilizes the lower back and reduces jarring. I'm short and stocky and getting on and off was always a bit of a challenge, but now it seems I have to swing a leg over the backrest but I'll learn. I'm all into new foam but gotta keep the velour. I'm hoping to dye the vinyl and the cloth black, maybe the cloth grey. Anyways, thanks for the input and I believe I've got a keeper!

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby Oldbear » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:58 pm

Is there any side-to-side movement? My has it and it makes shoulder checks less of a pain... no back-rest digging in as I turn my large torso :lol:
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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby mytown » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:35 pm

Oldbear wrote:Is there any side-to-side movement? My has it and it makes shoulder checks less of a pain... no back-rest digging in as I turn my large torso :lol:

The center position of the pad support allows the pad to twist on its axis while providing good support. The pad angles forward and backward on the crossbar when you lean back on it depending on how tight you clamp the pad onto the bar. Otherwise it's pretty stationary. All in all I'd say that it is sturdy and yet there is enough slop in the setup to make it pretty comfortable. What I like is that when leaning back even just a little the shock felt in the small of the back from bumps is reduced. And I'm glad to here it's user friendly to those of us who are torsologically challenged :shock: I found "Markland" stamped on the pad assembly somewhere.

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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby ankgrays » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:30 am

mytown wrote:
virgilmobile wrote:Your planning a trip.?
Do tell.
How's the rest of the bike? Volt meter installed with the new timing belts.?


Voltmeter? Maaaan, I got me an altimeter!!!
gauge cluster.jpg


I can't find anything wrong, and I'd say I've looked, tires, belts, brakes. I know it's charging well and the battery is good. Will definitely go through the electrical again now that I know that volts is the volume, amps is the speed, and resistance puts the squeeze on a little fat guy that kinda resembles me. :D



I've got one of those instrument clusters on my Wing, too.

Is that an aftermarket product, or factory? Not sure completely how to use it.

It looks cool though, and as we all know...looks are the most important thing on a bike!! :D
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Re: Looking For Backrest Experience

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:11 am

ankgrays wrote:I've got one of those instrument clusters on my Wing, too.

Is that an aftermarket product, or factory? Not sure completely how to use it.

It looks cool though, and as we all know...looks are the most important thing on a bike!! :D


It's actually a factory item, believe it or not!




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