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I recently bought a 2002 Honda 1800 trike. While it does have a backrest for both seats, I've noticed I'm experiencing lower back discomfort while riding. Because of the design of the seat, I can't really install a different back rest to give more support (it's one solid piece and would probably need to replace entire seat, something I don't really want to do). I'm looking at various support belts but don't want to buy one just to have it be uncomfortable or not work. Looking for recommendations as to what's worked for those of you who've experienced similar issues. If you have suggestions for any adaptive back rests, that would be appreciated as well. Thanks.


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When I first got mine I tried a Kromeworks backrest the kind you can adjust forward and backward with the tube guides on the sides. Then a friend loaned me his Kuryakyn. Finally I purchased a Utopia that goes through the seat. The utopia works like a charm and you can adjust the height also. By any chance do you have risers on your bars. By any chance do you have risers on your handlebars also?
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Welcome to the forum. Where are you from?

Most backrest brands offer some amount of adjustment. But, as Ghostman has asked, have you tried any risers? Helibars offer the most level of adjustment to relive back and shoulder stress.
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I'm from Erie, PA. The seat has a built-in back rest but no risers of any kind. It appears the seat, or at least the back rest, and the passenger seat are one solid piece. I rode my 2-wheeler today and there's no back rest at all, and it felt fine, so I'm wondering if it's the height or angle of the handle bars. That'll probably be the first thing I try.
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We were speaking of handle bar risers. There are a few choices.

All the GL1800 seats, even the aftermarket, are a one piece design. All the backrests are aftermarket; sometimes added to the OEM seat. Be nice to identify which brand seat and backrest you have. I know the early version from Big Bike Parts backrest was fixed, but most will remove and go up and down. Usually they have a bolt to adjust the angle. Open up the padding around the backrest post and see what it looks like. Maybe share some pix.
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Kuryakyn and MBL make riser kits for the GL1800. Also if you look at the backrest ,there should be a bolt that acts like a stop when the backrest is erect. Rotating the bolt in or out will adlust the angle of the backrest. If its anything like a Utopia you should have at least one height adjustment also on the bar.
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Here are a few pics of both the seat and handlebars.






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The photos appear to have the OEM seatcover, so I'd say that's original.

I have the Utopia (thru the seat) backrest; works great.
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Where did you put it through the seat? Can you post a pic? I looked on Utopia's site and saw how they mounted it, but it seems I'd have to cut into the seat based on their pics. Thanks.
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penguinlvr57 wrote: Tue Oct 25, 2022 11:42 am Where did you put it through the seat? Can you post a pic? I looked on Utopia's site and saw how they mounted it, but it seems I'd have to cut into the seat based on their pics. Thanks.
Mounted exactly as Utopia describes in their excellent installation documentation.

There are several videos that show the process - this one is short, but it shows all the detail needed.



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Yes, your S.O. is going to have to maneuver around the backrest for mounting & dismounting. Mine has had zero issues in close to 15 years of riding a 'Wing with one of these installed.

Hope that helps.
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Another thumbs up for Utopia - I installed a Utopia backrest on my wife's PC800 and it was great.
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penguinlvr57 wrote: Tue Oct 25, 2022 11:42 am Where did you put it through the seat? Can you post a pic? I looked on Utopia's site and saw how they mounted it, but it seems I'd have to cut into the seat based on their pics. Thanks.
This video shows you how you cut the seat foam for installing the Utopia. Not a hard job to do.



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