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Questions and Opinions on Adjustable Backrest Mount

Hello all,
52596-09A
Adjustable Rider Backrest Mounting Kit

I've looked at this before but never seriously considered installing it on a bike until now. I just got a new to me 2015 CVO RGU and would like to add this to my new bike since I plan on keeping this one for a LONG LONG time.

If anyone has any experience with the adjustable backrest bracket can you comment on if it is worth it and how much adjustment you really get out of it?
It says 30* of adjustment but is that 30* of useable adjustment? I know what 30* of movement can do in other situations.

So let me hear it...…… Worth it or not?

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I have one and like it. I had it on my last bike and moved it to the new one. I paid 1/2 price for mine because I got it from a dealer that was closing in Nashville a few years back, so I think mine was worth it....LOL. The best part about it is you can move it while you are riding.
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I have one but don't use it anymore since I switched seats to a LePera Maverick DLL with fixed back rest. While I WAS using it, the adjustment was a Godsend on longer trips. You get to fidget around quite a bit more with the adjustable, which really helps you soak up more miles. If I'd get into a twisty section of road, I'd spring it forward so I was more upright. Then on long slab stretches I could recline like a Lazy Boy.

You do have to be careful though, because the adjustable backrest isn't compatible with every Harley seat. I know it does not work with the TallBoy seat, for example.
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I have one but don't use it anymore since I switched seats to a LePera Maverick DLL with fixed back rest. While I WAS using it, the adjustment was a Godsend on longer trips. You get to fidget around quite a bit more with the adjustable, which really helps you soak up more miles. If I'd get into a twisty section of road, I'd spring it forward so I was more upright. Then on long slab stretches I could recline like a Lazy Boy.

You do have to be careful though, because the adjustable backrest isn't compatible with every Harley seat. I know it does not work with the TallBoy seat, for example.
Well if you might want to get rid of the unit you are not using anymore let me know.

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Hello all,
52596-09A
Adjustable Rider Backrest Mounting Kit

I've looked at this before but never seriously considered installing it on a bike until now. I just got a new to me 2015 CVO RGU and would like to add this to my new bike since I plan on keeping this one for a LONG LONG time.

If anyone has any experience with the adjustable backrest bracket can you comment on if it is worth it and how much adjustment you really get out of it?
It says 30* of adjustment but is that 30* of useable adjustment? I know what 30* of movement can do in other situations.

So let me hear it...…… Worth it or not?
Mine has made a huge difference in comfort. I have some back issues over the years, but between my backrest and 3-Aleve pre-trip I am rarely bothered even on 700-800 mile days. Once I had my backrest comfortably adjusted, I haven't changed it though.

I did have a problem with the adjustment button/knob behind the seat cover pushing through the seat cover. When my wife would get on the bike, she would push the backrest forward and the cover into the button. Over time this damaged the cover. I recommend buying a strip of leather from a hobby store and glue it on the backside of the seat cover between the cover and button. This will prevent damage.

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I’ve got the same bike you have now. I think the adjustable one you’re looking at is way better than the CVO “adjustable” we’ve got. I had it on my 13RGU and liked it a lot better. I didn’t change it all that much but I did play with it sometimes. I’ll also say I just recently moved mine back on the fender one hole set and my current one if finally perfect. Finally got this 15 to where it’s more comfortable that my old 13 that I loved.


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While back rest are awesome for long trips I tend not to like the Harley one. At certain angles it doesn’t feel comfortable. The one I got with my Lepera seat has an articulation point in the center of the back rest. This means if you push the back rest forward the top doesn’t jab you in the back and when it leaned back the bottom doesn’t jab you in the lumbar. The aftermarket seat backrest has a double articulation so no matter where you position it forward to back the backrest always fully touches your back.
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a couple of fellow riders have the adj. they never move it-I have a fixed one -came on cvo-works for me,never ever comes off on ride.body type and weight will be the decider--good luck--off topic,are u going to make shark week?gotta show off the new beast
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