Passenger hand grips


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Passenger hand grips

Postby CaNorseman » Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:34 pm



I just purchased a 91 Gl1500. It has a Saddleman sofa seat. The passenger hand grips are not there. My question is what did the original seat cover have to protect it from ripping where the bolts attach to the frame? I can get the grips on Ebay.



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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby Happytrails » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:03 pm

The passenger handles have sort of a plastic piece that extends thru the vinyl and prevents any tearing. I was a little worried about it at first but I've had my seat off countless times now and this system seems to work just fine. But since your seat if aftermarket I'm not sure how it would work.
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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:45 am

Yes they show up on Ebay once in a while.
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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:16 am

It's not plastic, it's steel:

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The hand grips are steel, with a plastic molded around them. The rounded steel portion comes out the end of the grips, and it is this that is inserted into the side of the seat. It is then bolted directly to the frame - the only place it touches the seat is on the inside of the hole on the seat, and where the plastic molded portion of the handle butts up against the side of the outer portion of the seat.

I can't say for 100% sure that this is how the Road Sofa seat is fastened, but for OEM and most other aftermarket seats, this is how it works.

I'm curious as to what is holding your seat in place - as it is the passenger seat handles that holds the seat onto the bike!

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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby CaNorseman » Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:24 am

This is why I was asking . At this time nothing bolts the seat to the Bike. I think i might use a solder iron to burn a hole into the material. Melt a hole to prevent fray and tear. I want to get the grips, but don't want to ruin a $700 dollar seat.

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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby CaNorseman » Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:29 am

The saddleman seat is not prepared for the handles. The base and foam is prepared for the handle. My concern is do I need to get a stitched grommet for the penetration site.

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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:17 am

Maybe you should contact Saddleman. I cant imagine any company sending out a seat that is not ready to install. Perhaps it slipped through their Quality Control?
Or in the odd chance thats how they ship them, you could get their recommendation on how to proceed.


All of the internet pics of that seat (various sites selling it) show holes for the handles.

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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:11 am

bntyhntr6975 wrote:Maybe you should contact Saddleman. I cant imagine any company sending out a seat that is not ready to install. Perhaps it slipped through their Quality Control?
Or in the odd chance thats how they ship them, you could get their recommendation on how to proceed.


All of the internet pics of that seat (various sites selling it) show holes for the handles.


Yup, the picture on their own site at http://www.saddlemen.com/gl1500-gold-wing shows it with the holes in place. I would contact them and ask.


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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby CaNorseman » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:13 pm

Thank you. I gather all the details and contact Saddlemans for a recommendation.

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Re: Passenger hand grips

Postby Jeff M » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:55 pm

I had a Road Sofa and used the stock grab handles with it.




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