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This Made in USA Utopia Backrest is the Original High Quality In Seat Style Backrest designed for and fits any year GL1800 Goldwing motorcycle, including the heated seat version and the 2012 - 2014 GL1800. This is the new version of the backrest and is made with non-dimpled material.
Utopia is the Driver backrest that becomes a part of your seat. No bars in the way of drivers hips and legs or passengers legs. Folds forward to ease passenger getting On or Off and adds to safety by getting out of the way in sudden stops. Includes up and down height adjustment, as well as driver seating position, back and forth, to help driver sit upright to avoid slouching--a big factor in driver fatigue.
Backrest pivots at top of bar as you lean against it so no uncomfortable edges dig into your back. Well padded, but only 1-1/2 thick which takes up less seating room than most other backrests. All Top Bars are finished in a Beautiful Black Powder Coat. Comes with handy pouch with strap to convert to shoulder bag. Fits all GL1800 Gold Wings.
I recently purchased a Utopia Backrest for my 2012 Wing. I had bought one years ago for my 2004 Wing and been very pleased with that one. When I took delivery of my new one I was once again happy with the quality. They have actually improved the pouch behind the backrest itself and mounted it in such a way that is more protected from the elements. It installs quickly and easily. The key is to measure carefully before you cut into the seat. If you do that installation is a breeze. The directions are clear and specific to models with and without heated seats. I rode for 2 months without a backrest and missed it terribly. The Utopia is a quality product.
About two weeks after installing my Utopia backrest I embarked on a nine day, 2,200 mile ride through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and back to Colorado. The Utopia backrest saved me from the back pain that I normally had on any long rides. This product should be stock equipment on a Goldwing. I highly recommend it!
Had mine for over 3 years. Still looks almost new. Makes a HUGE comfort improvement for me on trips over an hour. Totally unexpected was my wife's reaction to the bag that velcro's to the backside of the backrest. She loves it! And, has added it to her wardrobe selection of purses. (It gets used on non-motorcycle activities now) She gets a funny pleased-with-herself look when she slings it over her shoulder. Cool. No guarantee that will happen for you, though.
I purchased this backrest for my new 2013 goldwing to be installed by the dealer ,when the warranty and service manager told me that if I have this backrest installed on my heated seats that it would void my warranty on the heated seat and heated hand grips because they are iterconected. If for any reason in the future that you have any trouble with your seat or hand grips during the warranty period Honda will not honor the warranty because the seat has been cut to install the backrest. I had to return the backrest and purchase a diferant backrest in order to maintain my warranty on the seat and hand grips. However if your warranty is already expired then this is a very good high quality backrest. Good luck!
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