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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2015, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Default Driver backrest AND passenger grab strap

I've searched extensively for this on various forums, sites, etc., and I just can't get a clear answer, so I thought I would ask here.

I'm interested in picking up a driver backrest for my XC. I am running the stock seat (modified), and the passenger grab strap is still installed. My wife likes the strap, and does not want me to remove it. So, this leave me in the quandary, how can I get a back rest, but still have the grab strap?

From what I can see, all of the driver backrests (Victory, Grasshopper, Utopia, etc.) all use a bracket bolted to the location where the passenger grab handle is connected. From what I can tell, this means that the strap must be removed.

For those that have the backrests, how did you handle this? Did you just chuck the strap? Install passenger grab handles (which I don't really want to do)? Ignore the wife?

I'm playing with the idea of getting the CZR backrest, which looks pretty decent for what it is. I figure it is better than nothing, and I can remove it when my wife is riding and fish the strap back up through the hole. The CZR site is: http://www.comfortzoneride.com/.

Thoughts from anyone on this?
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That CZR backrest looks pretty good IMHO. The low profile allows one to throw a leg over it much easier.

I think you answered your own question. With the other backrests it's an either/or case when using them or the strap. For what it's worth; I don't bolt the seat down on my XC. It stays in place just fine; even with a backrest on so you could easily fish the strap through quickly when not using this backrest.

My perverted mind wonders what your wife is doing with that strap while you are focusing on the road though.
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The grab strap is mandated by the federal government and all drivers backrests make provisions for it to remain in place, whether you leave it on or not is up to you but the aftermarket guys are not supposed to endorse removing mandatory safety devices.

I installed a Kury drivers backrest a few weeks ago (highly recommended) and gladly disposed of that stupid strap but the instructions were quite clear that the strap was supposed to be re-installed.

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That CZR backrest looks pretty good IMHO. The low profile allows one to throw a leg over it much easier.

I think you answered your own question. With the other backrests it's an either/or case when using them or the strap. For what it's worth; I don't bolt the seat down on my XC. It stays in place just fine; even with a backrest on so you could easily fish the strap through quickly when not using this backrest.

My perverted mind wonders what your wife is doing with that strap while you are focusing on the road though.
That's what I'm thinking, it also seems to come off very easy and can be stowed away. I'm just curious if it gives enough back support. Really I don't need a lot, just something to give a little support on those long rides.

As for the strap, I have absolutely no idea what she uses it for. She just told me to not remove it. I figure this is one of those instances where I'll just go with it and not ask too many questions. LOL
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The Vic backrest bracket I bought came with a strap installed on it, it got lost during installation but it was there when it came out of the box. There is enough room to fish it out and have the backrest installed.

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Thanks for the info. I personally don't give a rip about the strap, but the wife want's it, and that's her seat. As long as I can get my backrest, all is right in the world.

I'll take a closer look at the kury backrest, and I want to see the vic in person. Probably have to take a trip over to the dealer for that one.
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The Victory rider backrest mount has the strap attached. You remove the strap mount and bolt the backrest mount there. The rider backrest mount has a strap attached to it. My Wife likes the strap as well so I left it. She's 5 foot even if she stretches and I have a BDD luggage rack with passenger backrest mounted on it. She really likes the backrest on the BDD after I put it on top of the rack verses the bottom. She uses the strap when we are riding the twisties and I'm I'm playing King Kenny on a 1000+ pound GVWR motorcycle.

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The Victory rider backrest mount has the strap attached. You remove the strap mount and bolt the backrest mount there. The rider backrest mount has a strap attached to it. My Wife likes the strap as well so I left it. She's 5 foot even if she stretches and I have a BDD luggage rack with passenger backrest mounted on it. She really likes the backrest on the BDD after I put it on top of the rack verses the bottom. She uses the strap when we are riding the twisties and I'm I'm playing King Kenny on a 1000+ pound GVWR motorcycle.
I've been reading some threads where people say that the vic backrest mount won't fit on a '14 XC due to a wiring harness being in the way. They end up having to modify the mount, basically grinding the corners near the bolt holes down.

I looking at victory part numbers, I find it interesting that they don't have a listed mount for a '14 XC, well, that I can find anyway. They list it for 11 - 13, skip 14, and then list it again for 15. Weird.

Do you know anything about that?
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I've been reading some threads where people say that the vic backrest mount won't fit on a '14 XC due to a wiring harness being in the way. They end up having to modify the mount, basically grinding the corners near the bolt holes down.

I looking at victory part numbers, I find it interesting that they don't have a listed mount for a '14 XC, well, that I can find anyway. They list it for 11 - 13, skip 14, and then list it again for 15. Weird.

Do you know anything about that?
I bought my rider backrest and mount from the marketplace on this website. It was off of a 2012 CC and I did check the Victory website and they didn't list the backrest for a 2014. I bought it anyway thinking that they were just behind on an update.

It bolted right up no issues what so ever. I think it was a 10 minute install. Works like a champ, I throw it on for any ride over 50 miles and it takes me longer to get it out of the gear locker than to install it. First motorcycle I've had with a rider backrest and its really sweet. This is the first I'm hearing of any problems with a rider backrest and a 2014 CC.

If you want, I can take and post up pictures if it would alleviate any concerns you might have. I just need to wait till light.

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