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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody try those driver backrests on eBay with the two bars that slide into a mount under the seat? I tried to download a picture but I not sure where it went.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 09:22 PM
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Haven't looked on eBay but guessing you're talking about one like this

Comfort Stitch Rider Backrest Kit | Backrest Pads | Official Harley-Davidson Online Store

Think it's called a chicken neck because of the way you squeeze it to remove it. Never tried that one, but can vouch for the adjustable one. I don't leave home without it.
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yep thats the one, i can't tell from the pics how durable it is, was wondering if continued leaning would bend those little bars

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I have a backrest issue. I got one when I bought my new RGS , however I'm 6'5" and had them put a tall boy seat to move me back 1.5". The darn backrest moves me forward 2". I guess I could just use it on long trips when my back is really bad.

Any ideas on this? Are all the Harley ones the same in that respect?

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I have a backrest issue. I got one when I bought my new RGS , however I'm 6'5" and had them put a tall boy seat to move me back 1.5". The darn backrest moves me forward 2". I guess I could just use it on long trips when my back is really bad.

Any ideas on this? Are all the Harley ones the same in that respect?

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Not sure about all of them , but the one I had did the same thing. That's the reason I don't use one.

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I have a backrest issue. I got one when I bought my new RGS , however I'm 6'5" and had them put a tall boy seat to move me back 1.5". The darn backrest moves me forward 2". I guess I could just use it on long trips when my back is really bad.

Any ideas on this? Are all the Harley ones the same in that respect?

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The bracket under the seat has multiple mounting holes for adjustment back and forward. If yours is already mounted using the holes furthest back, maybe you can drill additional hole to push it back even further. If you run out of room on the bracket to get holes where they need to be for your liking, maybe you can extend the bracket by mounting it to a larger plate of steel and mount the new steel to the fender in a position that works. This is a pretty common problem. Somebody should make a after market solution for it but I don't know of one.
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I'm 6'5" and had them put a tall boy seat to move me back 1.5". The darn backrest moves me forward 2". Any ideas on this? Are all the Harley ones the same in that respect?
HD has two versions of backrests, one as depicted above, and another which is adjusted pneumatically.

The location of the slot in the seat has much to do with the location of the backrest shown above. If you opted for the pneumatic, you could possibly risk tearing the seat if adjusted as far back as it will go, and then constantly adjusting it.

I've read a few reviews stating it wears out/tears the seat. I've used the pneumatic one for 4 years, (on stock seat) and see no sign of wear or tear. Then again, I found a comfortable position for it, leave it there, and rarely adjust it. Pushing it back all the way, it feels like I'm in a supine position, and no way could I use it if pushed all the way back.

If yours is like the link above, the mount can be manually moved towards the front or the back of the bike. I suspect they didn't move your backrest back, and because the seat sets you back 1.5", by not moving the backrest back too, obviously it feels like it's shoving you forward 2".

Take your seat off and take a look to see if your bracket won't move back a couple notches. Hopefully it's not already located as far back as it will go.

Edit: Looks like Smokey and I were typing the same time, but yeah, what he said too.

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The HD model, that is not cable adjustable is really a bad design for the Rushmore RG. Might work better on other models.

But, it pushes you forward. No matter how you adjust, you are not sitting back against the stock seat.

I still have it, as we may fly/rent/tour in the future, and I can use it. Just not great.

Have once again, (3rd bike in a row) purchased a Mustang Seat with Back rest.

I would suggest going the Mustang route.

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HD has two versions of backrests, one as depicted above, and another which is adjusted pneumatically.

The location of the slot in the seat has much to do with the location of the backrest shown above. If you opted for the pneumatic, you could possibly risk tearing the seat if adjusted as far back as it will go, and then constantly adjusting it.

I've read a few reviews stating it wears out/tears the seat. I've used the pneumatic one for 4 years, (on stock seat) and see no sign of wear or tear. Then again, I found a comfortable position for it, leave it there, and rarely adjust it. Pushing it back all the way, it feels like I'm in a supine position, and no way could I use it if pushed all the way back.

If yours is like the link above, the mount can be manually moved towards the front or the back of the bike. I suspect they didn't move your backrest back, and because the seat sets you back 1.5", by not moving the backrest back too, obviously it feels like it's shoving you forward 2".

Take your seat off and take a look to see if your bracket won't move back a couple notches. Hopefully it's not already located as far back as it will go.

Edit: Looks like Smokey and I were typing the same time, but yeah, what he said too.


Thanks for the info guys, I have the one depicted above. This weekend I'll remove the seat and see what is going on with the mount position. If I could get it an inch further back it would be great!




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