Oh yeah! It gets in the way. Can't mount from the left because of a bum knee and it gets embarrassing holding your leg up by the cuff of your pants to mount that thing. So I tuck and mount from the right, but even that gets difficult toward the end of the day. Some days it's good to be incognito with dark glasses and a big helmet.
I second what Russy says on the grasshopper. I just got mine about a month ago and have been riding with it for a couple thousand miles now. Definitely makes longer rides better. My daughter is typically my passenger when I have one and it doesn't bother either of us but she weighs 110 soaking wet. Passengers with any girth about them will push it forward a bit more and I'd consider taking it off in that case. Takes less than 10 minutes to install and removing the backrest afterwards is as simple as a quick tug. Reinstall is just as simple.
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