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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-13-2016, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Backrest recommendations

I have a 2016 Voyager. I am looking into a driver's backrest for it. Any suggestions? I will seldom have a passenger.
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I should also mention that I am keeping the stock seat.
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Utopia makes a drivers back rest you can put on your stock seat. There's not a whole lot of choices out there for putting one on your own seat its usually their selling drivers back rests built in to their own setas
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Yes, Utopia is the one I use also. The pocket in the back of it comes in handy also.
Utopia Products - Motorcycle Driver Backrest - Motorcycle Seat

A good feature it has is folding down when needed.


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I haven't tried the Utopia backrest, yet, but I think 'll be soon. I bought the Grasshopper backrest and it's just ok. The bracket is too weak and bends easily which causes the backrest to lose it's position as well as stress the seams on the seat. I'm about 270lbs so maybe it's better for smaller guys.

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Yes, Utopia is the one I use also. The pocket in the back of it comes in handy also.
How do you like yours? I might be doing the same thing in the future.
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I haven't tried the Utopia backrest, yet, but I think 'll be soon. I bought the Grasshopper backrest and it's just ok. The bracket is too weak and bends easily which causes the backrest to lose it's position as well as stress the seams on the seat. I'm about 270lbs so maybe it's better for smaller guys.
Yes, that's the reason I went with Utopia, because of the weakness of that one. I read about it in this forum.


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How do you like yours? I might be doing the same thing in the future.
I like mine very much. It folds down and is well made. I'm almost 300 lbs and never had a problem.


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Hi Corwin38

I am not nearly as "big" as David or Allen. I have the Grasshopper on my '09 1700 Classic and haven't had any issues with it bending. It will move a bit backwards when pushed on while riding, but normal support is fine and it springs back to the original position when you stop pushing it. It is also easily removed (maybe too easily??) by just pulling it out of the attachment slot. I have an IKEA sheepskin on the seat with a slit I cut in for the Grasshopper. Helps keep the sheepskin I place. The Grasshopper was about $100 if I remember correctly. Installation is very easy and the Quality seems fine as well. I don't know how that compares to the Ultimate or others. If you are less than 200 pounds I would think it would be fine. IMHO of course.

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Had a Grasshopper and it was just not up to the task. I'm "only" 220 and had similar issues with flexing and the pad on it was not the best. You get what you pay for in this case.
I went with all Ultimate seats and backrests. Better than the corbin or mustang on previous scoots.

Utopia I've heard nothing but good things about and my son has one on his nomad that he uses all the time.
Not sure if Utopia is removable or not though.. It's always on his bike...

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