Backrest thoughts GL1800


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Rigger
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Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby Rigger » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:57 am



I'm leaning towards Utopia because of price but Kuryakyn makes wicked good products.
Comments or other suggestions please? Mustang?



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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:22 pm

Utopia all the way.Kury's stuff really isn't all that great.Their chrome sucks,but that's not why I said Utopia.If you have a passenger she won't like the outside mounting bars for the backrest.Her legs will rest on them and it gets very uncomfortable.If you're riding solo then go for the Kury if that's what you like,but don't count on the chrome lasting all that long.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby baumedagn » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:33 pm

I had a Utopia on my 1500 and was very happy with it. Put a Hopnel on my 1800 mostly because of the fact that it was slightly smaller and I liked the way it looked on the bike. Very pleased with it also. Both were through the seat mounts without the rails.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby mbuesing » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:41 am

I have and like the Utopia.

Comfortable and out of the way for wife. Also the pocket keeps her phone and other things handy (less background noise for me). :o

Just got a new jacket with a spine armor and it's like sitting in my recliner.
The GL1800 is a crotch rocket on Steroids.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby Rigger » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:29 am

I took all the advice and went with Utopia. Just back from a 1500 mile ride on Natchez Trace and surrounding areas. Would have liked to use the Utopia but it's just shipping today. Looking forward to it.

thanks for all replies

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198? Yamaha 175 Enduro
1976 Kawasaki KZ 400 (my son still rides this bike)
197? Yamaha 90 Enduro
1965 Honda S65 Sport
Minnie bike

Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby mbuesing » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:50 am

Good chunk of cash but you WILL like it.
The GL1800 is a crotch rocket on Steroids.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby Rigger » Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:09 pm

Hope so. I bought the quick disconnect as well. Still less $$ than Kuryakyn.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby JerriEric » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:04 am

I had a Utopia on my 1500. I decided I did not need one for the 1800 and after 94,000 miles I guess I was right. But if I were to get another one I would make sure it would come off with a push of a button if I did not want to use it for short rides.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby Rigger » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:30 pm

Went with Utopia. A bit tricky install but an awesome product.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby pauliwally » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:47 am

I have a Utopia. 100% satisfied. Take your time installing. It's a breeze.

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Re: Backrest thoughts GL1800

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:18 pm

pauliwally wrote:I have a Utopia. 100% satisfied. Take your time installing. It's a breeze.


I agree. I put one on my wife's Pacific Coast. It's a quality piece of equipment.




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