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What are the recommended backrests for an LT? And, are they hard to attach? Can they be easily removed for more local riding?

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I have a bakup back rest, and i love it. Easily attaches, very strong, etc..
Check it here http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=1342.
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backrest suggestions

Most people use a Backup backrest. Installs by raising the riders seat, removing the 2 bolts for the passenger seat, then gets bolted to the same location using the bolts you just removed.

Probably one of the easiest installs on an LT.

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I have a bakup back rest, and i love it. Easily attaches, very strong, etc..
Check it here http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=1342.
Thanks a bunch. I'll check it out.

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Most people use a Backup backrest. Installs by raising the riders seat, removing the 2 bolts for the passenger seat, then gets bolted to the same location using the bolts you just removed.

Probably one of the easiest installs on an LT.
Cool. Thanks for the tip.

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What are the recommended backrests for an LT? And, are they hard to attach? Can they be easily removed for more local riding?
Our very own Raffy K. sells the Bakup. Not only does he give great service, he is a supporting vendor of this forum, and will be at CCR in TanTarA.

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I ended up with 2 extra cases of frozen pizzas one day (Digiorno Supreme, 12 to a case) and had to run them to the local food pantry. Set them on the pillion seat & rode them there. No straps, they stayed just fine and were actually quite comfortable as a backrest! Cheaper than a Bakup & if you get hungry on the way...
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Bakup is the way to go. 2 plus years with mine. I wouldn't know what to do without it.... Many a mile as a trusted friend to my back...
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+1 for bakup. It's easy to adjust and works very well.

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I purchased a GG backrest form the classifieds on this site. Doesn't sound like it is as easy to install as the Backup, but with slight modification it works well and I couldn't beat the price. Backups appear in the classifieds from time to time. You might check there for a good deal.

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Nothing wrong with the Bakup, which is far and away the most popular backrest in the LT community.

Another alternative, though, is the Utopia backrest. The size and function is pretty close to the Bakup (adjusts up and down and front and back). The "pro" is that it is less expensive than the Bakup; the "con" is that it mounts to the passenger seat pan so it's a little more trouble to install. You can still remove the backrest easily if you want to (I've never felt the need).

The Utopia has a big following in the Goldwing circles. It mounts a little easier on the Wing, though.

One neat feature of the Utopia is that the vertical mounting bar has a spring-detent high-low setting. If you put your driver seat in the high position, just give the backrest a tug and it pops into the high setting. If you drop your driver seat to the low position, just push down on the Utopia and you're all set, no tools.

It also has a little zippered bag with a shoulder strap on the back of the backrest for your passenger to use.

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+1 on the Utopia backrest. Have had one on ole Toad since '99. When first offered by the company, you sent your passenger seat to them for the install. They had reasonable turn-around time, butt still.....

For the past several years, they've offered the DIY-install model.

I think most backrests that have any market longevity will do the job for most riders - just some have a few leetle side benefits (such as the extra carrying pouch of the Utopia; or the ease of removal/reinstall of the Backup). Were I in the market for one, I'd try to find riders in my 'hood with versions I could 'sit for fit' and git a user's experience.

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Nothing wrong with the Bakup, which is far and away the most popular backrest in the LT community.

Another alternative, though, is the Utopia backrest. The size and function is pretty close to the Bakup (adjusts up and down and front and back). The "pro" is that it is less expensive than the Bakup; the "con" is that it mounts to the passenger seat pan so it's a little more trouble to install. You can still remove the backrest easily if you want to (I've never felt the need).

The Utopia has a big following in the Goldwing circles. It mounts a little easier on the Wing, though.

One neat feature of the Utopia is that the vertical mounting bar has a spring-detent high-low setting. If you put your driver seat in the high position, just give the backrest a tug and it pops into the high setting. If you drop your driver seat to the low position, just push down on the Utopia and you're all set, no tools.

It also has a little zippered bag with a shoulder strap on the back of the backrest for your passenger to use.

Search for my earlier posts if you are interested, or send me a PM.
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Nothing wrong with the Bakup, which is far and away the most popular backrest in the LT community.

Another alternative, though, is the Utopia backrest. The size and function is pretty close to the Bakup (adjusts up and down and front and back). The "pro" is that it is less expensive than the Bakup; the "con" is that it mounts to the passenger seat pan so it's a little more trouble to install. You can still remove the backrest easily if you want to (I've never felt the need).

The Utopia has a big following in the Goldwing circles. It mounts a little easier on the Wing, though.

One neat feature of the Utopia is that the vertical mounting bar has a spring-detent high-low setting. If you put your driver seat in the high position, just give the backrest a tug and it pops into the high setting. If you drop your driver seat to the low position, just push down on the Utopia and you're all set, no tools.

It also has a little zippered bag with a shoulder strap on the back of the backrest for your passenger to use.

Search for my earlier posts if you are interested, or send me a PM.
I just checked them out at there web site.
http://www.utpr.com/bmw.html
It looks like a good product but only available in Black?
I wish my backup had adjustments from front to back. Other than that I have been happy with the Backup for 2 years. I think the dealer price on the backup was $275 with a 15% discount on all accessories the first 30 or 60 days from purchase. That got it to around $234.00 plus tax.

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Any dealer selling a Bakup for $234 is losing money.

Bakup does have front to back adjustment. It's the set screw that you have to thread in to push ithe backrest forward or out to push it back. It also has up or down adjustment.



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Any dealer selling a Bakup for $234 is losing money.

Bakup does have front to back adjustment. It's the set screw that you have to thread in to push ithe backrest forward or out to push it back. It also has up or down adjustment.
Your probably right Raffy .Most likely it was $375 with 15% for new customers. It was only in 05 and they wouldn't have gone up that much in that short of time. My Bakup does have that set screw but it only pushes the bottom out as opposed to moving the whole unit forward. I only need about a half inch more forward to be perfect. Any suggestions?

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Actually, current MSRP on the bakup is $415. It went up from $395 which was the original MSRP when they were first out.

You should have 'set' adjustment threaded bolt at the base of the backrest vertical bracket that allows for the backrest head to move forward or back. You also have two bolts with nuts that if you loosen the nuts, allows to move the backrest up or down.



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Thumbs up Backrest Recommendation

My favorite backrest is fully adjustable, easily removable, very comfortable and keeps me warm on those chilly rides.

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