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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Utopia rider's back rest on my Gold Wing, and really like it.

From what I can tell, the Victory backrest for the CX is non adjustable, and some don't like it (?).

Utopia makes one for the XC, it is very adjustable, and less $$.

Has anyone tried it?

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I ordered one yesterday. Will post when I get it.

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Have you you install your new back rest yet for your 2011 XC ?
Did you get the backrest that is removable? how do you like it?
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Mine should have shipped yesterday but with all the storms in the midwest and they are coming out of Ohio; I don't know if it will be here or sent out when scheduled, eh.
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I think mine probably shipped a couple days ago, the web site gave the date they would ship, but I don't remember. I'll post as soon as I get it.

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Got a chance to ride with the Utopia back rest last night and it feels pretty good. Kind of wraps on around my back with good support. Easy to adjust on the fly if I don't have the pad on the upright. Got it set on the lowest setting.

All in all; very happy with this back rest.
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I got mine installed a couple days ago, including the "quick disconnect" (which uses the mounting plate for the passenger grab strap). I really like all the adjustability.

However, for me, the backrest itself was a little too big, mostly too high (not too wide). It hit me too high in the back...not bad, but a little uncomfortable for me. I called Utopia, and they said they make a 2" shorter version for the police, and would gladly exchange for my unit. Very nice folks.

I sent the original back, hope to have the new one soon.

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Greg; I know this is a really dumb question but did you lower the back rest to its lowest position? It didn't feel right to me until I did. If you did and it still felt like it hit too high on your back; I'm glad Utopia had a solution ready.

Sounds like they have a lot of experience with this.

I can tell you mine just keeps getting more comfortable. It's seems to be comforming to my back in a way I didn't expect.

I highly recommend the Utopia back rest. And I'm not saying it's any better than the standard Victory back rest because I honestly don't know.

I do product testing for companies all the time and would like to do a comparison using some unbiased riders.

Guess I should get a job with a biker magazine, eh.
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[QUOTE=BBob;18585]Greg; I know this is a really dumb question but did you lower the back rest to its lowest position? It didn't feel right to me until I did. If you did and it still felt like it hit too high on your back; I'm glad Utopia had a solution ready. QUOTE]

Originally I didn't. When I first called Utopia the lady who answered the phone suggested I try that, which I did. Lowering it did seem to help, but since I then knew they had a lower version I thought I would try it. Also, I thought the original one "looked" too tall...too obvious maybe? I think I will like the visual appearance of the lower backrest better.

I have a standard size backrest on my Wing, and it has never bothered me.

Part of the reason may be that on the XC I often wear an armored jacket with a back protector, and the back rest was hitting the bottom of the back armor. My Wing has a sidecar, and for better or worse, I usually don't wear armor.

Btw, the trouble with getting a job with a motorcycle mag is 1) they pay little, if anything for many contibuting editors, and 2) you often need some background in writing/journalism (which I don't have) The first one didn't bother me (I am retired) but the 2nd one was problematic.

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