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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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adding a backrest?

Never used a backrest--always ridden smaller stuff and just around town.

Anyone have any feedback, pro or con, on using a backrest?

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I've never had one but I really want one. I'm always worrying about my posture on the Vulcan.

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Had a backrest on my Corbin seat. Honestly, didn't do much for my back.

On the Vulcan most of my weight was on my tailbone and my back was slightly hunched over to reach the bars. If you can sit up atraight on the bike, a backrest would be more usefull, but then, if you can sit up straight not sure why you'd need a backrest.......

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I recently got myself a Protac driver's backrest, and frankly I feel it's the best purchase I've made to add to my riding comfort

They are available at Fast Eddy Sports http://www.fasteddysports.com/?page_id=3&category=550 for $140 shipped in the USA.

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I always bungeed a small soft side cooler to the back seat and it alone made a world of difference on long rides!

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Best thing in the world for long trips. Saved my back many a time. Pro tac is a fine backrest. If you were to replace your seat with a Vulcan 900 seat, Utopia makes a killer back rest. Just sayin...

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I have the extended passenger backrest...my wife loves it.
I would love to get one for myself.

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if you don't want to add an actual hardware backrest, there's a few bag options that will work well.

Kuryakyn makes a "Tombstone" bag that works well as a back rest, but it needs a higher sissy bar

Lazyrider makes a tubular bag of varying size that can easily be removed for riding double http://www.lazyrider.com/

a couple more that escape me now now, but a little google-fu will come up with them.

The Utopia backrest looks amazing, and is adjustable as all hell - but it's pricey.

The Protac - when you order it they ask your height/weight so it's sized "properly" to your frame.

All personal preference, but for my wimpy self, I don't want a bike without a backrest again.

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I also have the Protac. It adds comfort during long rides.
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I recently got myself a Protac driver's backrest, and frankly I feel it's the best purchase I've made to add to my riding comfort
I couldn't agree more.
My commute to work each day is 94 miles (round trip).
That's all Maine back roads, not the best roads that's for sure.
The back rest makes the ride glorious, I absolutely love mine.

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