I have it on my 2012 Nomad. Had some lower back discomfort from the stock riding position. This backrest completely solved the problem. I can ride all day in complete comfort. My wife no longer rides. Has a physical issue, but I see no difference for a rider to mount. If you need to remove the backrest for rider mounting, it simply slides right out.
Grasshopper... great and easy mount.... terrible pad. I put a Utopia pad on it. My wife has no problem getting on and off. But she is 5-7 105 pounds... the easiest way for your passenger to get on is before you do. If the motorcycle is hard for you to get up with passenger on put the bar all the way to the left, its normal position. When you get on turn the bar all the way to the right then bring bring it up like you are used to. Less resistance... front brake on...
You can give your passenger about two more inches room (Voyager) by taking the back rest off the trunk, taking those three vibration damper parts off and the foam damper along the bottom edge. Make three easy to make new mounting brackets (off set to match the dampers) with flat strap and put it back on. The backrest will then be tight against the trunk and the wife says it has a lot less vibration since I did that.
There are 3 of these and a large thick foam pad behind the Voyager backrest. You can see the gap between the trunk and pad all the way around it. Taking all that out moves the pad back 2 inches and then no gap....
The Grass Hopper isn't very stiff or adjustable but if you are not wanting to buy a new seat with a built in back rest it's hard to beat for the price. It's very easy to remove so a passenger can get on or off but can be tricky to put back on correctly once a passenger is seated. Typically I have had to ask the passenger to lean back or lift them self off of the seat while attempting to line up the seat pad bar with sleeve in the seat.
I have an '08 V2k, and my wife gave me one for Christmas this past year. The mounting bracket did not fit my bike, so they agreed to send another one, the same one, and their argument was that it had always worked in the past. In my opiniion, they have failed to fabricate one to fit my bike, so I had to finesse the one they sent me until it fit in such a way that I didn't have a problem with it rubbing paint off my fender.
My wife has no problem getting on or off the bike with it in place. It does help with my back, and the next step is to get a better seat, Corbin, and I will be set for a longer more comfortable ride.
I would say that if you are considering getting/upgrading your seat, just do that, so you don't have to deal with grasshopper. They are not the greatest with customer service.
I just purchased one about a week ago and after I modified it so it would not damage the passenger seat it works well. I emailed and sent a review after they asked me but they never contacted me like I asked them to.
I just used a simple hose clamp to keep the backrest from going too far back in the base unit. Very easy fix but I would think that Grasshopper would want to change the design flaw for the Voyagers.
Below are the pictures of my simple fix. I'm sure that they could come up with something better if they wanted to.
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