Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
BSellers said, "There is another back rest out that you have to bolt on the rider seat. Can't talk about it, never tried it."
I am one of the handful of LT list members who have tried the Utopia backrest; if you used to ride a Gold Wing you're probably familiar with it. The installation on the LT is more involved than the GW application, and it is certainly more complicated than the BakUp's bolts-right-on approach but it offers (IMHO) four advantages:
1. It's less expensive (leaving more change in your pocket to buy other LT accessories).
2. It's different. It seems like EVERYONE has a BakUp.
3. I believe it offers a greater range of adjustment (up and down) than the BakUp. It's possible to position the Utopia very high if that's where you need the support. I like mine fairly low so personally it's not a big issue.
4. The Utopia has a sliding bar hi-lo adjustment (in addition to the vertical adjustment with a hex wrench), to match the LT's adjustable seat. For example, I have my Utopia set with the pad just above the back of the driver's seat. If I decide to drop my seat to the lower setting, my backrest (mounted to the passenger seat) is now too high. No problemo, just press the backrest down into the "low" position (a ball spring detent holds it in place) and the backrest is properly adjusted.
I have sat on an LT with a BakUp but have not ridden with one. I know that long trips on my LT are much more comfortable with the Utopia.
I posted some installation photos on the Ergonomics forum if you want to know more, or send me a PM.
No affiliation w/ Utopia.