Originally Posted by NickHolland
What do the passengers think of the arm rests?
Before I bought the LT, my GF said she wanted a bike she could fall asleep on the back of and not fall off...and arm rests. I found Wolfie, put her on him, talked to the dealer about adding arm rests (he was pushing the Z-Technik), he said no problem. Bought the bike, decided to drive it a bit before sinking lots of money into it.
She likes the bike as-is... I'm willing to buy 'em if she'd like 'em, but she's shown not the slightest interest since (as in... "do you want me to add arm rests?" "No").
So... Those that have added arm rests... What do your passengers say it helps/improves/etc?
I added the Z-technik pair, which I managed to find reasonably priced, second hand. I asked my wife the same questions, yet she didn't sound like she cared one way or another. She has been able to fall asleep w/ them, so I can only figure she's comfortable enough w/ them, otherwise I doubt she'd attempt to nod off w/o them/something to keep her "enclosed". I offered to take them off for our next trip, but she said not to, so I finally got a concrete answer.
The only real drawback of the Z-techniks is one has to lift them up out of the way every time one wants to raise the trunk lid. The Muddimans (sp?) don't have this problem.
One thing I wonder about the Muddimans is how much sound they block from the rear speakers when they're in the upright position, which I think they do automatically, though I imagine the sound loss is negligible.
I'm not home to mess w/ it, but I intend to mount some kind of cup holder to the underside of one of the armrests- somehow. Ideally, it will have some kind of swivel in it, in order to stay upright each time the armrest is lifted. Installing a cupholder looks to be fairly easy w/ the Muddimans. What I did on the last trip was to hang a Camelbak from the "elbow" or joint of one of the armrests, which keep it close and the drink tube easier to reach.
If you search enough, you'll see an aftermarket backrest w/ some molded armrests, which look more like winglets. I have no experience w/ these, but they look stupid and not very functional, but YMMV.