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Old 11-11-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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I have a 2012 Cross Roads Classic LE that I am thinking of putting the passenger backrest/rack on. But the backrest pad is made to match the Cross Country or Cross Roads seat, not the leather LE seat. Any of you guys put this on and have a picture of how it matches the seat? Now that there is a 2013 Cross Roads Classic with the leather seat again, maybe Victory will make a passenger backrest with a leather pad to match.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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Jacktb,
I hate to sound like a naysayer but it is doubtful that Victory will make a backrest specific to the XR-LE but if they do it would be much more money. The problem is that the backrest they already have can be on any 2010-13 XR, XC or XCT and the XR/XCT both outsell the XR by more than 10 to 1. Basically there aren't enough XR-LEs to make it worth it to them.

You have options that will cost you much less or close to the same as a leather backrest would cost through Victory. The cheap option is to find an uphostery shop that works in leather and have them match your seat then cover a OEM backrest (Cycle Ops can most likely do this too). The higher dollar option is to order a Corbin seat and thier backrest which would allow you to pick a new leather pattern/color which would be used on the seat and backrest.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Jacktb,
I hate to sound like a naysayer but it is doubtful that Victory will make a backrest specific to the XR-LE but if they do it would be much more money. The problem is that the backrest they already have can be on any 2010-13 XR, XC or XCT and the XR/XCT both outsell the XR by more than 10 to 1. Basically there aren't enough XR-LEs to make it worth it to them.

You have options that will cost you much less or close to the same as a leather backrest would cost through Victory. The cheap option is to find an uphostery shop that works in leather and have them match your seat then cover a OEM backrest (Cycle Ops can most likely do this too). The higher dollar option is to order a Corbin seat and thier backrest which would allow you to pick a new leather pattern/color which would be used on the seat and backrest.
I went into the Cross Roads picture folder and saw some LEs with the standard passenger backrest, I would like to see it in person.

Thanks for the reply. Victory needs to step up to the plate with their accessories, HD and Yamaha have them beat hands down on options and pricing.(I've owned both) If they only sell 500 LEs, they still need to make accesories for it, even if its at a loss. They can continue to make progress catching HD in sales, but need to sell backrest/racks and other stuff at a competative price.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Worst case scenario, take it to an apholsterer. There isn't much fabric and shouldn't run too much to match. I was looking at making an aftermarket one and the prices were relatively reasonable for the cover.
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Until there's competition from other manufacturers building items for specific models of Victorys there aren't going to be competitive prices. Keep in mind that prices are higher because it's tough to get manufacturers to make 100-200 widgets at a time and get a good price. HD and yamaha after market companies most likely put in orders for at least 10x that many and can sell for less because they buy for less.
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Worst case scenario, take it to an apholsterer. There isn't much fabric and shouldn't run too much to match. I was looking at making an aftermarket one and the prices were relatively reasonable for the cover.
I can attest to that. I went to a custom upholsterer to see if she could repair the backrest from my dead XR. The fabric was all road rashed. The upper frame was destroyed so she couldn't, but the fabric is really quite minimal,compared to a seat.... So if I was you, take your bike to an upholsterer and give him or her the backrest and say you want it done up just like the seat on your LE...
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I agree that a fabric shop should be able to do it for a reasonable amount plus I don't think the seat on the LE is leather, just vinyl like all the other cross bikes. I took a seat from my other motorcycle to a guy who does seats for boats and the price for the vinyl was more than he charged to do the work!
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I agree that a fabric shop should be able to do it for a reasonable amount plus I don't think the seat on the LE is leather, just vinyl like all the other cross bikes. I took a seat from my other motorcycle to a guy who does seats for boats and the price for the vinyl was more than he charged to do the work!
The seat is leather on the LEs. I think if they made a leather cover with studs and white stitching like the seat it would look good.

Or maybe I'll just trade it for a Cross Country.
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The seat is leather on the LEs. I think if they made a leather cover with studs and white stitching like the seat it would look good.

Or maybe I'll just trade it for a Cross Country.
I want the LE with this accessory:

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My goodness, I didn't see that one in the new accessory book.
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