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Rivco fully adjustable armrest kit for Honda GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycle are manufacturerd with the finest materials available. CNC machined from solid billets of aluminum, hand-polished to a flawless finish and triple chrome-plated with luxuriously padded and upholstered cushions, they feature a new and innovative vertically pivoting design that allows full trunk access without having to move the arms out of the way. See additional Cup Holder Photos showing drink holder bracket mounted on bike.
The rotating arms have adjustments for height, width and pivot tension to provide maximum passenger comfort. They attach to hidden sturdy steel mounting plates and fit directly behind the passenger backrest. They include a cup holder mounting bracket and fit ALL GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycles. Cup seen in photos is NOT included.
Right off the bat, I have to echo others review about the chrome on these armrests. It does flake off early in life and it not great looking in a very short time. That part is disappointing.
However, as far as the functionality of these armrests, I have to give five stars. I have had these on my GW for about 4 years now. I honestly cannot recall exactly what the installation was like, but I do know that I didn't have any problem installing them myself. It only required removing the passenger backrest. I think you have to drill a couple of holes, but it's not big deal.
But the thing that is GREAT about these armrests is that they fold UP instead of OUT. My wife LOVES them! When they are down, they give her an extra bit of security by holding her to the center of the bike. Other arm rests that swing out do not provide that security. She sat on other GW's that had those types of arm rests and MUCH prefers these.
Yes, they are rather expensive, and yes the chrome job sucks. But the function makes them very much worth it IMHO. If the chrome is that big of an issue, I suppose you could have them re-chromed. To me, they aren't visible enough to worry about that.
Glad I have them and would buy them again.
So, I finally got thru to someone at Rivco. They said because it was out of warranty, they would not do anything but sell me a new set at 20% off. At their price, that is still almost $200! Why they took that stance for a chromed product, I don't know. The odds of my ever purchasing another Rivco product is not in their favor - ever. I took the arms off and they are now being powdercoated for $100. The cost would have been cheaper if they weren't chrome, but once they're done, if there is an issue in the future I can deal with a local shop.
Having had these on my Goldwing for over two years, the right support arm (the one that the pad assembly sits on) has had a terrible flaking and delaminating of the chrome plating. The left one is fine, so it is definitely a poor chrome job on that right arm. I've left multiple email messages with Rivco to see if they will address this issue or even provide the cost of the replacement part without a single response. The only solution at this point I am planning on taking is to have both arms powder coated.
Let's start with the good, armrests look great. The bad, everything else. The design and fit of these armrests are the worst goldwing design yet. The angles are way off for a 2016 model and design requires 4 - 1/4x20 bolts to support the weight on very thin plastic. This will break the trunk lid and speaker plastic even without a passenger ever using it. The other brands back the plastic on the back side with metal supporting brackets. It seems like they cared about Esthetics on the arms only as the carrier bracket is crude and poorly designed. This piece is painted black and paint is falling off exposing rusty metal. Speaking of metal, they over compensated for support by making this bracket so thick that the back rest fits terrible and leaves huge gaps between trunk and back rest. I might try Honda one next.
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