Kuryakyn Driver Backrest w/Storage Pouch for GL1800


Kuryakyn Driver Backrest w/Storage Pouch for GL1800
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This is our most popular backrest for your GL1800 Goldwing that features chrome hardware and is fully adjustable forward and back to match the riders most comfortable position.

Has a handy storage pouch behind the main pad & fits any Honda GL1800 Goldwing motorcycle. Folds forward to allow passenger Easy-On and Easy-Off the motorcycle, then folds back into position for the rider. 

146 Member Reviews

Sparland, IL
Love it so far.

There was one on my '86 when I bought it, so when I upgraded to an '02 I had to have one. The changes in the adjusting mechanism are great. With the one on the '86 you had to pull a pin to free the backrest from the bracket. With this one you just turn a knob. I'm 6'0" tall and it fits me just fine.

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Winnipeg, CA
Kuryakyn Driver Backrest

Other than the simplicity to remove the backrest, its a bad design and poor quality. The bars get in the way of the legs of a passenger, The lock mechanism needs to be tweaked once in awhile, rust is starting to show through. When folded forward, the arms grab the seat.

1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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Sky Rider
Adams County, CO
Update to 2015 post

Update to 5/15: Still a great investment. Got backrest in 2013. Easy install, mount and adjust. I’m 6' 4" and getting fat. See my WS gallery. Backrest adjusts to me fine.

As an Iron Butt member (go far and fast) I love this backrest. I use it on rides more than 200 miles round trip. Ha, just getting old. ☺ For long trips suggest this backrest, Air Hawk seat pad (no seat heat needed) and Mick-O-Pegs. Yea, a 1000 miles in 24 hours is a very easy!!! Liked your favorite chair.

Rust? For chrome to rust there is serious abuse. Have had my seat off many times, (change air filter, center shelter off, electrical additions, etc.) have never seen rust on mounts. On the twist attaching a little light lubricant is advised.

9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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Kathleen, GA
Update from 2011 review

Just a quick update, I have owned this backrest 9 years, during that time it slowly degraded but I dealt with problems, the locking mechanisms fail after two tear, at the three year point the arms holding the seat began to bend to the rear, fourth year the backrest material began deteriorating and I bought a sheep skin cover. The welded joints are rusting as are the seat attachments discoloring my seat material. (Garage kept) I have had enough, will not buy a replacement, I'm buying the Utopia backrest, reviews are good and I spoke with a few owners who have this backrest for 7-8 years an are very content with the product. Unfortunately I have not had a great deal of success with Kuryakyn products and I have bought quite a bit, sad their quality is poor. All my OEM products have weather time very well just saying.

2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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Deerfield, IL
Good Backrest

I have a gold wing trike bike. Since I sit where my feet don't touch the ground, I get cramps in my legs especially in city driving with frequent stoplight stops. I purchased the Kuryakyn backrest. I took it out of the box and because my bike was getting it's oil change and physical, I tried to envision how it went together and made one simple little mistake. I tried removing the spindle thinking it had to be reattached on the other side of the bar and found myself looking at three ball bearings and a lot of grease on my hands. Dumb move on my part. I finally got it back together and the Honda Service guy said it fits through one of the three slots and by moving the handle it locks into place. It seems really secure and comfortable and can't wait until I go on a long trip with a comfortable ride. Feels great so far.

Rob Cowan
Deerfield, IL

8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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