HD Backrest for Touring Models

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by TQuentin1, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    For those of you like me that get a back ache anytime we take a longer ride, a backrest may be a welcome addition to your touring bike. I have just added a HD adjustable backrest to my bike as show in the pix below. For my bike, these are the parts I used:

    52501-09A Adjustable Rider Backrest, Smooth (list $99.95) $85.20
    52593-09A Installation Kit, Adjustable Backrest (list $209.95) $164.40

    Total $249.60

    I bought these part through Zanotti's saving over $60 by doing so (free S&H for this level purchase).

    This is a very easy up-grade that anyone can do. Nothing more than a couple of different size sockets (7/16" and 3/8") for a 1/4" drive ratchet, phillips screwdriver and some tie-wraps (and something to cut the tails off with).

    TQ
     

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    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
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  2. GARVIN

    GARVIN Active Member

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    the back rest was the one option I had to have on my ultra - after many trips prior I would always slouch out after an hours ride . with the back rest I can ride all day without the back ache. if your back seat rider is the navagator , the maps hide under the rear flap & stay dry.
     
  3. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    I put on the same setup. i did one modification, I pulled the adjustment mechanisum on the backrest (that lets you raise and lowe it and taped in a 3/8 bolt. It is much less obtrusive . I have to use a wrench to change positions, but I pretty much just leave it in the same place all the time.
     
  4. nt6977

    nt6977 Member

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    I have the Adjustable Backrest on my 09 and absolutly love it. Don't leave home with out it...
     
  5. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Great post/visual TQuentin1 - thanks for sharing the detail(s). I have the "fixed" mount which isn't as fancy, but once dialed-in I never have to change position(s). Adjustable would be good too...
     
  6. tcass

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    I'm going to add that on when i get my new zepplin seat. both at the same time will be a chunk of change, but think both will be worth it.

    cass
     
  7. Grillfish

    Grillfish Junior Member

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    Great post, TQ! I have one on my 09 RG and would recomend one to any rider.

    Ride safe and have fun.
     
  8. horizonchaser

    horizonchaser Senior Member Contributor

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    Great post and great pics! I have the backrest on my '03 Ultra and I love it. I noticed the TFI that you have installed under the tank. Are you really happy with it? I hear so much about them that I am strongly considering getting one to reduce the darn decel popping that I get.
     
  9. Billbo

    Billbo Junior Member

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    to all --- does the driver's backrest tend to make it more difficult for the lady passenger to get on and off???? it looks like it would naturally. if so, is that something she would get used to and not be a bother?

    thanks
    Bill (wanting to get a backrest)

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    TQ --- great post!!! - really like all the pix you sent along.

    Thanks
    Bill
     
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  10. gil692

    gil692 Member

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    Put the Harley BR on my 2011 rode glide and could not adjust do to numb hands. I replaced the seat and backrest with a Mustang seat and BR. Had on my electra glide and loved it. Same on rode glide. Mustang seats are great worth the price.