Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests


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Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by old biker » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:46 am



Does anybody else not like a back rest on there bike ? I took mine off an like it a lot better. Just wanted to know.



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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by NOVAwing » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:30 am

old biker wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:46 am
Does anybody else not like a back rest on there bike ? I took mine off an like it a lot better. Just wanted to know.
You might be in the minority.
But your not the only one.

I love a backrest.

Its all good, whatever makes you happy.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by TwoTone Trike » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:05 pm

Mine came with a backrest and I've never had it off so I don't know what it's like without one.But I sure like mine.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:23 am

depends on the condition of your spine...

if like me, L1 - L5 are a mess, the only way I can ride is with a backrest period.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by dingdong » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:30 am

My 1500 came with one. I removed it after a few weeks. Rather ride without it. Seems to me to be too restrictive to movement. Wife didn't like it either.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by themainviking » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:34 am

I tried a couple of add on backrests, and one, I did not like = the other, the passenger did not like. Upgraded to a custom seat and had them add the backrest and I love that one. It is easily removeable if I want it off, but I never take it off. I ride most of the time with my back just barely touching the back rest, but it is there if I feel the need of some support.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by FM-USA » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:24 pm

Of course, to each their own choice.
Mine was restricting me in the minute balancing of the bike.
I'm on the larger side so the little movement I input/throw makes it rather easy to steer the bike without arm input.
Passenger didn't like the tighter or caged feeling. I took out the backrest padding for 1/4" padding and added a pouch for her stuff. She didn't like it.
EH, :? I tried.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by mterraci » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:46 pm

Liking the backrest. But I would expect there to be some who are more comfortable without one.

Glad a backrest is an option.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by RockportDave » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:51 pm

I like it on long trips, but the wife has a hard time with it so I usually have it off. With her on the back I get back rubs, so it’s a good trade off.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by golden highway » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:01 pm

I ride without one. The only one I liked was the one mounted in my seat. It was easy to remove when I didn't want it and it fit in my trunk. It hit correctly on my lower back.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by C-dub » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:18 pm

I like it when my wife rides with me just as much when she doesn’t. :D
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by SilverDave » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:27 pm

When I first got this old GL1200 wing ... I hated the backrest it dug in , and was just uncomfortable ..

After about a month , I noted it had fiddly vertical and angle adjustment .. after a week of adjustment , followed by my daily ride to work .... it " fit" and was / is still perfect

Try adjusting yours to fit your spine ?

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