Drivers back rest.


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Drivers back rest.

Postby purchelli » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:46 am



Hi all, I'm having trouble procuring a driver's back rest for my bike here in NZ. It's a year 2000 GL 1500 SE. Please post me a note if you can assist. cheers



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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:10 pm

What kind are you looking for? Do you have something in particular in mind?

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:26 pm

I put one of these on my '97 a couple of years ago. It works good, looks good, no complaints. The other alternative is one that mounts through the seat. Some folks don't like the tubing next to the seat on the first one. I didn't want to cut through my seat, so I opted for the first one.

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_backrest/126/319

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /126/26140

On their home page, they discuss international shipping rates, so I assume they would ship that way.

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby purchelli » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:24 pm

thank you Bluewaterhooker, the first link you sent takes me to exactly what I want.
thanks again all

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:11 am

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /126/26140
This is the one! No bars to rub on passengers legs!

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:49 am

I agree, I like the Utopia through-the-seat seatback. I put one on my wife's PC800, and while it's a bit nerve-wracking cutting into your seat cover, the end result is clean and really great looking. The seatback on my GL1100 had the bars around the outside, and they were really uncomfortable for the passenger.

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby firey1 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:19 pm

Check out http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/ccsea ... earch2.y=0
They do great international shipping 60% off at moment i bought a few things from them im in the south island
Got a new touring windscreen only cost $20.00 to get to NZ

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby purchelli » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:43 am

Ah well then I wasn't aware of the discomfort this could cause a passenger so I'll have to give it some thought.
Can this back rest be removed or is it a permanent feature once put through the seat ?

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:00 am

There is a quick out option for the Utopia Back Rest.
http://www.utpr.com/goldwing.html

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:04 pm

Before we bout our GL1500, we test rode a few bikes with different back rests, some with the Chrome Rail style, and some with the Utopia style back rests, she said she would NEVER ride with me if I got a bike with the chrome rail style back rest as it spread her hips to far for her comfort. . . . . As for the feel to me, I LOVE my Utopia back rest !
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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby purchelli » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:57 pm

Yep loud and clear Fester

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby flogger » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:10 pm

I researched these both and bought the bar style. It is comfortable and I love it. I do remove it for my girlfriend for the previously mentioned issues. I opted for it knowing I can always remove it or change styles later. It is very easy to return to the factory look without harm...

The Utopia seemed preferable but I could not find any info or feedback on how it lasted... Once you cut the holes it is permanent unlike the other style. I'd like to hear from Utopia owners, how does it last up after lots of use? After 2 or 3 years? The lateral stress from folks grabbing it while mounting or dismounting concerns me. Passengers do not always do as they are told and the rubber grommet is not for much more than looks...

The company talks about how the drivers' weight is transferred to the lower structure via it's design but this design does nothing for lateral stress... and they do not discuss this which was why I ruled out buying one... The best I could tell was the seat foam itself is the sole support for the lateral stress...
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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:26 pm

flogger wrote:The company talks about how the drivers' weight is transferred to the lower structure via it's design but this design does nothing for lateral stress... and they do not discuss this which was why I ruled out buying one... The best I could tell was the seat foam itself is the sole support for the lateral stress...


Absolutely not. There is a thick steel bracket that is mounted to the underside of the seat (sandwiched between the seat and the bike frame, to stabilize the seatback against the bike frame), and the backrest is bolted to that. It is not moving, for the life of the seat, unless unbolted. These are pictures I took when installing a Utopia seat back on my wife's PC800:

Underseat bracket
Underseat bracket


Upper bracket being pushed into place
Upper bracket being pushed into place


Upper bracket being bolted to underseat bracket
Upper bracket being bolted to underseat bracket


Seatback being bolted to upper bracket
Seatback being bolted to upper bracket

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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby flogger » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:58 pm

Their YouTube video showed the installation too but I was not willing to cut my seat without lateral stress being addressed... Grabbing on and pulling a body up will not sway the top at all?
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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:54 pm

We have had our utopia for about 1.5 years and 45k miles with zero issues due to tearing of materials, stress g seat base, or anything else. My wife gets on after I am on the bike and have it upright, and I do not believe she has grabbed the rest once, always my shoulder and passenger backrest. . .
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Re: Drivers back rest.

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:20 pm

flogger wrote:Their YouTube video showed the installation too but I was not willing to cut my seat without lateral stress being addressed... Grabbing on and pulling a body up will not sway the top at all?


The one I installed is so rock solid, you could easily pull yourself up with it - it doesn't move. It's solidly affixed against the frame of the bike. I'm fairly sure if the bike fell over, you could lift the bike back up using that seat back, with no damage or lateral movement. Not that I'd try, but I'm pretty sure it would be the case.




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