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Help... I'm trying to decide on a sissy bar for my 09 Classic and I'm interested in the Calvary Custom QR8+. Calvary offer the complete setup including the lug rack for only 223.00, and free shipping. Guys and Gals my wife and I actually expect to put the backrest and the rack to good use, so I was hoping some of you have this cavalry QR8+ installed on your VN900. If so I would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to provide some comments on the quality and comfort. At that price I have quality concerns, especially about the rack. Also, I would love to see any pics you have of it installed.

http://www.cavalryfiberglass.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=47_49&products_id=158


Thanks for all your help.

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Dont know about the sissy bar but I own their highway bar on my 900 and the quality was great.
 

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I purchased the sissy bar for my 900 custom and then later added the luggage rack as well. The quality pretty good, very heavy duty. I did have some slight issues with fitment, but I think it was due to putting them on with saddlebags. I had to go buy some different sized bolts to mix and match until everything fit well.

On the luggage rack, when I first opened it I thought there was no way it was going to work, because there was 1/4-1/2 inch gap on each side to where it screwed into the sissy bar. But as I tightened it, the metal was pulled snug to the sissy bar and it feels incredibly solid. I've loaded it up with a two piece touring bag for 1000 miles and had no problems.

They seem like a good company to work with if you have any issues. The only minor complaint is they don't offer free shipping on returns (if you needed it).

But for the price, it sure beats the big name brands. I've got pictures on my profile.
 

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i got one of those minus the rack for christmas....was quite dissapointed.....first that reflector was falling off..so i fixed that...I went to assemble and install it.....to start with all four bolts that hold the backrest to the side plates were about 3/8 inch too long.. then tried to install the knobs on the bike.... well again wrong hardware....sent spacers that are not needed and bolts that are again too long.....unless you use those un-needed on the outside of the knobs.....if you put the spacers on the inside then it spaces the knobs out too far....contacted them and was given the option of sending it back at my own expence...or take $25 refund....they didnt even offer to send the proper hardware.......and didnt seem to care what i thought of their product....so as promised to them i would not lie and give good reviews of their product on forums when clearly they have issues...
 

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I didn't look closely at your link until just now. I did not purchase the same sissy bar/backrest. Mine was much cheaper and was not a "quick detachable" style and there was not a reflector. So I can't speak for this particular backrest. Like the previous person, I did have issues with their mounting hardware not fitting correctly, and had to go spend about $5-6 on some good stainless steel hex bolts (it came with allen wrench style bolts, and they began to strip really quickly, so I wanted better quality).
 

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I purchased the sissy bar for my 900 custom and then later added the luggage rack as well. The quality pretty good, very heavy duty. I did have some slight issues with fitment, but I think it was due to putting them on with saddlebags. I had to go buy some different sized bolts to mix and match until everything fit well.

On the luggage rack, when I first opened it I thought there was no way it was going to work, because there was 1/4-1/2 inch gap on each side to where it screwed into the sissy bar. But as I tightened it, the metal was pulled snug to the sissy bar and it feels incredibly solid. I've loaded it up with a two piece touring bag for 1000 miles and had no problems.

They seem like a good company to work with if you have any issues. The only minor complaint is they don't offer free shipping on returns (if you needed it).

But for the price, it sure beats the big name brands. I've got pictures on my profile.
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I have saddlebags installed as well. It sounds like I should start looking for hardware. If there were no fit problems, my question is... Where did you find bolts long enough and with the correct threads to get it done.

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i got one of those minus the rack for christmas....was quite dissapointed.....first that reflector was falling off..so i fixed that...I went to assemble and install it.....to start with all four bolts that hold the backrest to the side plates were about 3/8 inch too long.. then tried to install the knobs on the bike.... well again wrong hardware....sent spacers that are not needed and bolts that are again too long.....unless you use those un-needed on the outside of the knobs.....if you put the spacers on the inside then it spaces the knobs out too far....contacted them and was given the option of sending it back at my own expence...or take $25 refund....they didnt even offer to send the proper hardware.......and didnt seem to care what i thought of their product....so as promised to them i would not lie and give good reviews of their product on forums when clearly they have issues...
What did you ultimately decide to do... Dis you sent it back?

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i took the refund measly $25..... i already had like $40 into the shipping to get it here and would have cost me another $40 to send it back.....had too much into it as it was....
 

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Thank you guys for the Info... I still have some issues to consider.
I can say that what I'm hearing about Calvary makes me uneasy...
 

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Just a quick post about this (though off topic slightly) The place you are talking about is CAVALRY Customs. I only bring this up because I own CALVARY Customs Cycle Shop and want to make sure bad experiences go where deserved!:eek:
 

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Thank you guys for the Info... I still have some issues to consider.
I can say that what I'm hearing about Calvary makes me uneasy...
I went with the Cobra short sissy bar and luggage rack, along with Easy Brackets for my saddlebags, and I was extremely happy with all of those products. Everything fit properly and bolted on easily, it held up to the sun and the rain with no problems, and after a full season of riding it all still looked like brand new. I was glad I spent a little extra money.

Here's a pic:

 

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I have saddlebags installed as well. It sounds like I should start looking for hardware. If there were no fit problems, my question is... Where did you find bolts long enough and with the correct threads to get it done.

SirMickey
I got the hex bolts at Lowe's. They seemed like the only place that had a somewhat decent selection of metric bolts. Several months later I ended up getting new saddlebags and the easy brackets, which come with mounting hardware options for w/sissybar or w/out sissybar. They all worked great with the Cavalry Customs set up except for one easy bracket bolt. I had to use a different sized bolt in right front. Now I'm good.

I would say that if money is no option you'll be better off with a more expensive name brand, with regards to consistency. If you're on a budget like I was, then I would go with the Cavalry Customs. There is a small chance that fitment could take some tinkering, but if you're patient it should work out great in the end.
 

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I got the hex bolts at Lowe's. They seemed like the only place that had a somewhat decent selection of metric bolts. Several months later I ended up getting new saddlebags and the easy brackets, which come with mounting hardware options for w/sissybar or w/out sissybar. They all worked great with the Cavalry Customs set up except for one easy bracket bolt. I had to use a different sized bolt in right front. Now I'm good.

I would say that if money is no option you'll be better off with a more expensive name brand, with regards to consistency. If you're on a budget like I was, then I would go with the Cavalry Customs. There is a small chance that fitment could take some tinkering, but if you're patient it should work out great in the end.
Thanks again for your reply... I'm thinking maybe the cobra standard without the rack. it comes out basically the same price as the Cal with the rack.

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I went with the Cobra short sissy bar and luggage rack, along with Easy Brackets for my saddlebags, and I was extremely happy with all of those products. Everything fit properly and bolted on easily, it held up to the sun and the rain with no problems, and after a full season of riding it all still looked like brand new. I was glad I spent a little extra money.

Here's a pic:

I may go tlhat route just for the piece of mind.

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I decided to go with the cobra standard... Got it from Leaterup for $190. It should be shipped after the Holiday... thanks guys for your replies.

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Check out the National Cycle "Paladin" stuff. It's not cheap.

www.nationalcycle.com
No, not cheap at all, but it sure is good.

You'll probably not find my backrest, as its not made anymore, but it was from Hard Krome for the VN2000. It's at least 4 years old and still looks great.



BTW, I have a better flag mount than zip ties now... :0)
 

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I have the 900 Custom, not the Classic, but I put the Kawa backrest and 6-pack holder on my bike. I don't ride 2 up as my girlfriend has her own bike so the bag on the back holds all that I need for a week.
 

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