It does not require tools if you do not put the security bolts in. If you install the security bolts then they will have to be removed before you can take the backrest off. I usually put mine backrest back on when the weather warms up and install the security bolts and leave the backrest on till it gets to cold for the better half to ride.
2011 Cross Roads Sunset Red
OEM short windshield, passenger backrest, crash bars, saddle bag bars, heated grips, vinyl closeouts, tachometer, ambient temp, LED headlight, luggage rack. WD lay down licence plate.