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

Post by C-dub » Sat May 11, 2019 3:33 pm

Never had one. I just turned 54 and have been riding since I was 12. I've had stuff piled on when travelling that I could use as a backrest, but didn't like it because it was kinda in the way and didn't let me relax fully stretched out.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by offcenter » Sat May 11, 2019 9:55 pm

I was recently given a backrest for my 1500 Goldwing.
After a bit of fiddling and adjusting, I got it right and
I like it! My wife doesn't ride with me very often, but
when she does, it will have to come off since it severely
restricts the passenger seat space.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by minimac » Mon May 13, 2019 8:12 am

I bought one, mounted it, adjusted it, rode many miles with it, hated it, sold it.

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

Post by brettchallenger » Mon May 13, 2019 10:58 am

I bought one, mounted it, adjusted it, rode many miles with it, hated it, sold it
Ditto, except mine is still throwing about the garage somewhere.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by Rambozo » Mon May 13, 2019 10:59 am

My 1500 came with one. I had to pull it off first thing, as with my bad joints, it was way too hard to get on and off the bike.

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

Post by newday777 » Tue May 14, 2019 8:46 am

You didn't say what bike or what backrest. There are huge differences in models and backrests.

My 83 had a Markland that mounted to the side frames under the seat and dug into my thighs.. Didn't like that. But helped my riding with my 2 ruptured discs.

My 99 GL1500 had the Markland backrest with better mounts than the 1100 had but still was a pain in the sides but better for my bad back. I rode some 12 hr days with it. I picked up a used Corbin seat with the huge rider backrest that went in the seat and it was an improvement over the Markland.

My 1800 came with a Utopia backrest that mounts in the seat. It is by far the best backrest for my back. I've tried riding without a backrest and it's a no deal for me. The Utopia all the way.
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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 WingAdmin » Tue May 14, 2019 12:32 pm

I agree, it really depends on the backrest. The Markland on my 1100 was painful for me, as well as for my rider (the frame bars dug into her legs).

I've ridden with a Utopia, which was quite comfortable. But far and away the best is the integrated (yet removable) backrest on the Corbin on my GL1500. That backrest is shaped so that it is unobtrusive to passengers, and so comfortable that it has allowed me to ride 20+ hours straight. I would not have been able to do that without it.

Corbin seat with backrest
Corbin seat with backrest

On the other hand, the PASSENGER backrest on the Corbin has an extremely uncomfortable curve at the bottom that causes the passenger to continually slide forward. I have no idea why they did that.

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

Post by bhurt » Tue May 14, 2019 1:55 pm

bought the bike with this backrest on it. I adjusted it forward so it was ok for me but my wife found it very uncomfortable, so I took it off. Much easier and more comfortable for the passenger and I don't even notice its gone.
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like backrests

Post by raven41951 » Thu May 16, 2019 2:44 pm

My first addition to the 1800 was a Utopia. After 50 miles, I need it if I want to be able to stand when I get off. Had one on my 1500 too. If only I could get one on the kawi I would be afraid of slipping off when I goose it at 3500 rpm. 44 yrs old and still a screamer (the bike, not me).



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