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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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I had the passenger backrest installed on my new Cross Roads last year. After a 6-hour trip to Sturgis, my girlfriend is no longer keen on this backrest. It hurts her lower back. She is a little taller, 5'-10". Looking to sell the backrest and find a suitable replacement. I had Ultimate Seats on my last bike and had no issues. Unfortunately, they don't make them for Victory bikes, yet. Any suggestions?
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I had the passenger backrest installed on my new Cross Roads last year. After a 6-hour trip to Sturgis, my girlfriend is no longer keen on this backrest. It hurts her lower back. She is a little taller, 5'-10". Looking to sell the backrest and find a suitable replacement. I had Ultimate Seats on my last bike and had no issues. Unfortunately, they don't make them for Victory bikes, yet. Any suggestions?
The big plus of that passenger backrest is that it's a snap to install and remove. I'm not aware if anybody else has copied that mechanism yet.

Have you considered the trunk? It's something you could take along on long trips, and I'm sure she'll appreciate the extra cargo space besides the greater area of back support.

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I had the passenger backrest installed on my new Cross Roads last year. After a 6-hour trip to Sturgis, my girlfriend is no longer keen on this backrest. It hurts her lower back. She is a little taller, 5'-10". Looking to sell the backrest and find a suitable replacement. I had Ultimate Seats on my last bike and had no issues. Unfortunately, they don't make them for Victory bikes, yet. Any suggestions?

Well I can not help on another brand or make other then the kewlmetal one.

That said if you are wanting to sale yours, PM me. I would be interested if the price is right!

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Give Utopia a call. Since CR/CC have an open fender under the seat and their mount attaches to the seat bottom they should be able to tell you if their drivers backrest will also work for passenger installation.
By the way, my wife is 5' 7" and has nothing but good comments about the OEM backrest. We put on about 900 miles in 2 days in October and she was comfortable the whole trip.
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Thanks for the replies. One of the issues with a new model is that there aren't a lot of aftermarket options for certain parts in the infancy. Would be nice if Vic offered a few diff styles for the backrest. We all know if she isn't happy then it doesn't make for an enjoyable ride. Will check out the other options mentioned. BSD, I will let you know if I decide to sell the backrest.
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Thanks for the replies. One of the issues with a new model is that there aren't a lot of aftermarket options for certain parts in the infancy. Would be nice if Vic offered a few diff styles for the backrest. We all know if she isn't happy then it doesn't make for an enjoyable ride. Will check out the other options mentioned. BSD, I will let you know if I decide to sell the backrest.
You might want to consider modifying the backrest. Keep the easy on/off mechanism, and make it go higher or forward (or lower/backward) to get more support in a more comfortable position for the passenger.

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Is it possible to have the back rest pad reupholstered to fit her.

My wife of 5'2" and my daughter of 5'10" like the back rest.

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My wife of 5'2" and my daughter of 5'10" like the back rest.
Maybe tbags' girlfriend is the problem!

tbags, tell her you've exchanged the backrest with a more expensive model. See if the placebo effect works on her.

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Maybe tbags' girlfriend is the problem!

tbags, tell her you've exchanged the backrest with a more expensive model. See if the placebo effect works on her.

I'm beginning to think so! A new rider would a cheaper alternative. Did I say that out loud?

I think the issue is the angle of the seat....it is angled too far back for her liking and puts pressure on her lower back. Moving the angle forward might do the trick. I do like the easy on/off so my preference is to keep it.
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Is she slumping down in the seat?
A lot of guys gals has complained about the floorboards being being too far up. Ya reckon that's what is causing the problem, at 5"10" her legs may be putting pressure on her pelvis causing her back to hurt.
I have that problem with cruise pegs up too far, it causes my lower back to hurt because of the above.

Take a small pillow and put it behind her. I have several friends wives that do that, they say it makes it very comfortable.

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