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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 - 2013 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.
...This would have to be it. Because I have a tendency to slouch in the seat, before I installed this backrest, my lower back would be aching in no time. No more! This is a great looking, great fitting, well crafted solution that could easily pass for a factory item. The install was a little tedious but not difficult. Highly recommended.
Fear not once you get the seat off and figure out the pictures the install is easy. The instructions are confusing because the diagram is not labeled front and back but once you figure this out install is very easy. no problem cutting seat just be sure you have a long pointed knife.
I think the best backrest on the market as it doesn't foul the pillions leg position.
Very comfortable increasing ride length, but I do find that with light air-mesh type jackets that your backplate liner wants to work upward on (our) bumpy roads. So, I have to get my pillion to push it back down my back periodically or it engages the rear lower edge of my helmet, making head inclination thwarted.
We received the backrest this morning and got right to work on the bike. Jack took off the armrests and removed the seat. I got out the drill and tape measure and read the instructions. I marked the location for the bottom underside bracket and drilled the holes. After watching the video, it still was tough to make that first cut in the seat. After using several knives, we got the bar through. The holes I drilled were in the right spot and the rest was easy. We got everything back together and took it for a ride. We also installed a new F4+4 windshield for our GL1800, but that's another review. The backrest is great! I like the removable pouch. It doesn't interfere with my getting on or off the bike. It is a winner!
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