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  • GL1800 (Any Year): Installing a Utopia backrest

    For those of you wanting to install a Utopia backrest, here is a short video:

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  • #2
    Great video, made it a breeze to install my Utopia backrest. Wife wasn't crazy about seeing one of her best knives sticking out of the seat though

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    • #3
      I've installed three Utopia backrests over the past 10 years. The hardest part is making that first cut in the seat...after that, the rest is easy! Thanks for posting the video.
      Captain Roadsmith, Northwest Indiana
      '06 Wing / Roadsmith HT1800

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      • #4
        Indeed, the pucker factor increases when you first pick up the knife, but after that its a breeze.
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        • #5
          Has anyone cut the seat while it was mounted to the bike? I'm thinking it would be less difficult since the seat is more stable.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Elwood View Post
            Has anyone cut the seat while it was mounted to the bike? I'm thinking it would be less difficult since the seat is more stable.
            Have not done that, but when I did mine, it helped to be able to see through the semi-opaque seat pan to guide the knife to the seat pan. But, you should be able to do it.
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            • #7
              Just returned from a week long trip all over Colorado and I can say that without a doubt the Utopia backrest I installed before I left was worth every dollar spent!!!
              2012 Gold Wing Ultra Blue Level III
              2009 Hayabusa - Texas Mile- 206.1 MPH | Loring- 1 mile 205.49 MPH, 1.5 mile 212.27 MPH (Stock Motor-ECU Editor Tuned by Me)

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              • #8
                Had the Khromeworks and Kuryakyn and as far as Im concerned the Utopia is the best. No extraneous hardware hanging on the sides of the bike like the other brands and its comfortable and makes long trips a breeze.

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                • #9
                  Just returned from 2200 mile trip- have not installed a backrest yet; bit after using my tent and sleeping bag for a backrest I'm convinced. I've watched Cruiseman's installation video and have started pitting stuff in a cart at Cyclemax. Has anyone used the $65 kit they offer to make the backrest removable? Worthwhile in your opinions or just mount it and leave it on? Thanks in advance

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CaptLen View Post
                    Just returned from 2200 mile trip- have not installed a backrest yet; bit after using my tent and sleeping bag for a backrest I'm convinced. I've watched Cruiseman's installation video and have started pitting stuff in a cart at Cyclemax. Has anyone used the $65 kit they offer to make the backrest removable? Worthwhile in your opinions or just mount it and leave it on? Thanks in advance
                    I got the easy out feature just because I wanted to be able to remove the back rest. When it is out the little flap does a nice job of covering the hole and it is a pretty nice set up. However, I am not sure I will ever have a reason to remove the back rest. It took a little getting used to but I could not ride with out it now, especially on long rides.
                    Dave - High up in Arizona - Black Metallic 2019 DCT

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                    • #11
                      Thanks, Dave- it's probably worth the extra few bucks tomhave the option. I know what you mean- I went for a ride after I unloaded and miss the sleeping bag already!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CaptLen View Post
                        Just returned from 2200 mile trip- have not installed a backrest yet; bit after using my tent and sleeping bag for a backrest I'm convinced. I've watched Cruiseman's installation video and have started pitting stuff in a cart at Cyclemax. Has anyone used the $65 kit they offer to make the backrest removable? Worthwhile in your opinions or just mount it and leave it on? Thanks in advance
                        I waffled back and forth on ordering that option when I purchased my Utopia backrest. Ended up taking the wait and see approach. Once I installed it I realized there is just 1 bolt that goes through the lower pivot point that needs to be removed in order to take the backrest off for shorter trips. The little bit that is still exposed is only about a 1/4 inch above the seat so it not a problem to me.
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                        2009 Hayabusa - Texas Mile- 206.1 MPH | Loring- 1 mile 205.49 MPH, 1.5 mile 212.27 MPH (Stock Motor-ECU Editor Tuned by Me)

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                        • #13
                          Just installed mine-could not get quick-release bar to seat all the way-'will call them tomorrow. Most time consuming part was getting foam out. Thanks to Cruiseman again

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                          • #14
                            I installed my Utopia backrest after watching a video online about 20 times. It was nerve racking to take a knife to the seat, but I did it. Only advice my wife gave me was "Don't screw up"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CaptLen View Post
                              Just installed mine-could not get quick-release bar to seat all the way-'will call them tomorrow. Most time consuming part was getting foam out. Thanks to Cruiseman again
                              If you mounted it exactly where the instructions say, there is an adjustment on that. I do not remember how much, but it is there. It's a cool feature.
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                              • #16
                                I called Utopia and they said the quick-releasebar would make it without tearing the seat. They are correct, but it's very hard to get it in there. I did leeave off the velcro and little top pad-I may try to get it back on later. Loking forward to a ride- CT United Ride this Sunday- biggest charity ride isn CT (according to the organizers)

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