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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.
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.
Reading some of the reviews I cannot understand what the fuzz is all about. I have purchase these some 2 years ago and really use it a lot. Ease of fitting with minor knowledge and can be fitted within 30 minutes. Wife loves it to bits. There are cheaper options but I rather prefer this one as it feels and looks like solid quality. Other type of armrest is just.....just plain looking armrest. Pointles having all these nice fancy bling on your bike just to spoil it with "pipe type" armrest. This one has that expensive look. Adjusting the height is simple by turning in a grub screw. What I also like about it,you can open your topbox fully without catching onto the armrest like some others. Nice chrome and cushions to round it off.
I'm rating these a 3.5, and here is why. Installation is a 5, very simple to install. Quality is a 2.5, appearance is a 5. The angles to the curve of the corner weren't quit right, had to bend them a little more to fit the corner properly. Right side arm rest angle is not square, tilts inward towards the passenger, another quality issue. Rico could pay attention to there forming issues, as for the price they should be perfect!!
Otherwise they look great on the bike, and I like the fact you can open the trunk without flipping them out to the side.
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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