Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800


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mikeu48
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Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby mikeu48 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:48 am



I am looking but would like some suggestions as once you've installed one you own it. I have lower back problems (not severe) and had one on my 87 Aspencade 1200 and LOVED it.
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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby themainviking » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:24 pm

You are correct in that if you install a through the seat backrest, it is permanent, but if you install a Kuryakyn it can be removed - but you still own them. I tried the Kuryakyn and it was very acceptable. I just did not like the seat, so I bought a custom Ultimate seat, which came with a backrest. I just sold the Kuryakyn backrest for half what I paid for it. I had also tried the other main add on backrest, like this one: http://www.goldwingonline.com/products/ ... 08-57.html and did not like it very well. Luckily, tho, my dealership let me trade it back in on the Kuryakyn, so I did not lose money on that experiment. I like the through the seat backrest best, especially with the custom seat, but through the seat is probably the best option overall, and they are available as add ons, like the Utopia.
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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby mikeu48 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:18 pm

Thanks Viking for the fast response. I was stronly looking at the UtopiadwdwUT18MT12. Install looks pretty straight forward. Ajustibility seems good as well. Anyone else with thoughts in general or on the Utopia???
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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby fftrhutch » Wed May 02, 2012 7:53 pm

i installed the Utopia this winter and have put 1500 miles on it. I absolutely love it, but have not gone two up with it yet. TIme will tell .......

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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby mikeu48 » Wed May 02, 2012 7:58 pm

Thanks Hutch for the reply. I think I've decided to go with the Utopia....Looks good and install looks pretty simple....
Thanks everyone for the input.....

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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby gildco » Thu May 03, 2012 11:34 am

I installed the Utopia backrest in about an hour and a half, with no problems, and my wife and I love the product. Previously, a Kuryakin was on the bike (I bought the bike used) and the bars bothered my wife's legs. Additionally, the Kuryakin can only move forward or backward, and its angle was too upright for me to be comfortable. You can adjust the angle of the Utopia.

I would recommend the Utopia. Also, watch the video on the Utopia Web site for installing the backrest; after watching the video a couple of times, I was ready to make the cut into the seat. No problems.

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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby cbx4evr » Thu May 03, 2012 12:34 pm

HAve you considered:

http://www.khromewerks.com/
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Re: Back rest suggestions for 2012 Goldwing 1800

Postby mikeu48 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:28 pm

Thanks Gildco for the input. I've watched the install videos a few times and I'm impressed.

Cbx4evr....thanks for your suggestion. Seat looks ok just didn't like the bar. It was one of the ones that made the FINAL CUT.....lol

Thanks for ALL the help here. Nice to see so many willing to share info..... ;) ;) ;)




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