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Last Monday I purchased a Victory OEM passenger backrest for my new XC from a Victory dealer. I found the dealer on the internet, and he had a price that was a few dollars lower than what I could get locally. I received the backrest Friday afternoon and was excited to get home and put it on. The guy was super easy to work with, provided good customer service, fast shipping, and the backrest was received undamaged.

But here’s the rub. The damn thing is made in Taiwan!!! It looks OK when mounted, but that’s because you can’t see the underside where the welds are half a$$ed, and the chrome is crap… and did I say it was made in Taiwan by Küryakyn?!?!

On a side note: I know Küryakyn was once a good company that made quality stuff, but not any more. Their chrome peels and rusts in months. This is from personal experience with their products and that of a few close friends.

Anyway, I can’t believe that I just dropped $500 on a piece of Taiwan crap that will be rusty in 6 months. A Küryakyn backrest for just about any other bike is like $200-$250. I feel like I was just given the shaft by someone who I thought was my friend… Victory.

Anybody got any good leads for another manufacturer that makes a quality passenger backrest and luggage rack? I’m ready to take a hit reselling this thing on eBay just to get something of good quality. Something that’s going to do the job and still be shiny in 5 years.
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Last Monday I purchased a Victory OEM passenger backrest for my new XC from a Victory dealer. I found the dealer on the internet, and he had a price that was a few dollars lower than what I could get locally. I received the backrest Friday afternoon and was excited to get home and put it on. The guy was super easy to work with, provided good customer service, fast shipping, and the backrest was received undamaged.

But here’s the rub. The damn thing is made in Taiwan!!! It looks OK when mounted, but that’s because you can’t see the underside where the welds are half a$$ed, and the chrome is crap… and did I say it was made in Taiwan by Küryakyn?!?!

On a side note: I know Küryakyn was once a good company that made quality stuff, but not any more. Their chrome peels and rusts in months. This is from personal experience with their products and that of a few close friends.

Anyway, I can’t believe that I just dropped $500 on a piece of Taiwan crap that will be rusty in 6 months. A Küryakyn backrest for just about any other bike is like $200-$250. I feel like I was just given the shaft by someone who I thought was my friend… Victory.

Anybody got any good leads for another manufacturer that makes a quality passenger backrest and luggage rack? I’m ready to take a hit reselling this thing on eBay just to get something of good quality. Something that’s going to do the job and still be shiny in 5 years.
CycleOps. Do a search. They are a vendor here as well. Custom stuff made in USA by hand (I believe)




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Last Monday I purchased a Victory OEM passenger backrest for my new XC from a Victory dealer. I found the dealer on the internet, and he had a price that was a few dollars lower than what I could get locally. I received the backrest Friday afternoon and was excited to get home and put it on. The guy was super easy to work with, provided good customer service, fast shipping, and the backrest was received undamaged.

But here’s the rub. The damn thing is made in Taiwan!!! It looks OK when mounted, but that’s because you can’t see the underside where the welds are half a$$ed, and the chrome is crap… and did I say it was made in Taiwan by Küryakyn?!?!

On a side note: I know Küryakyn was once a good company that made quality stuff, but not any more. Their chrome peels and rusts in months. This is from personal experience with their products and that of a few close friends.

Anyway, I can’t believe that I just dropped $500 on a piece of Taiwan crap that will be rusty in 6 months. A Küryakyn backrest for just about any other bike is like $200-$250. I feel like I was just given the shaft by someone who I thought was my friend… Victory.

Anybody got any good leads for another manufacturer that makes a quality passenger backrest and luggage rack? I’m ready to take a hit reselling this thing on eBay just to get something of good quality. Something that’s going to do the job and still be shiny in 5 years.

So I'm sure you called Kuryakyn and told them it was rusting and the chrome was peeling.
With that being said I'm sure your warranty was taking care of and the new one is on its way. Kuryakyn is a top notch company
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Honda East Toledo has them for $373.89 ( OEM). Also I beleive there is no shipping cost , as I'm looking at their Web sight right now.

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Cycleops stuff looks cool but a bit too much for my taste. I can't imagine actually putting luggage on one of those intricately carved pieces of aluminum.

Put a set of Kuryakyn pegs on the VN2000... 3 months and they started turning green and the chrome started peeling. Kury did not respond until the third or fourth e-mail and then said it was from something I cleaned them with. If soap and water will do that to thier chrome I don't want it on my bike.

Budy gor a similar setup for his goldwing trike. There was a long arm from the clamp to the peg which cracked. After a few emails Kury agreed to ship him a replacement. After a couple of months he actually got it. After a few more months the other side broke in the same place. By that time both pegs were peeling. He was done.

I was looking forward to a made in the USA piece of steel from Victory. Just a little disappointed.
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Cycleops stuff looks cool but a bit too much for my taste. I can't imagine actually putting luggage on one of those intricately carved pieces of aluminum.

Put a set of Kuryakyn pegs on the VN2000... 3 months and they started turning green and the chrome started peeling. Kury did not respond until the third or fourth e-mail and then said it was from something I cleaned them with. If soap and water will do that to thier chrome I don't want it on my bike.

Budy gor a similar setup for his goldwing trike. There was a long arm from the clamp to the peg which cracked. After a few emails Kury agreed to ship him a replacement. After a couple of months he actually got it. After a few more months the other side broke in the same place. By that time both pegs were peeling. He was done.

I was looking forward to a made in the USA piece of steel from Victory. Just a little disappointed.
Sometimes you have to pay to get quality stuff but with that in mind, CycleOps was/is doing some lower cost racks (around $377 chrome & under $300 black) due to demand so you do want to call them and find out the skinny. See #9 on this thread...
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...t=luggage+rack




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Yeah. Kury makes most of Victory's accessories. That means two hands need to be greased instead of one.

I'd contact the dealer you bought it from, send him some pics, and see what they want to do. Maybe you can return it for a full refund.
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Always figured that was part of the cost of living near the coast

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20 miles from the ocean. Yeah. Things get rusty here faster than say.... Arizona, but it’s not that bad.
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A guy on another forum came up with an idea to make rider backrest mounts for Corbin backrests which are not expensive on ebay. We talked and asked him if he can also make a bracket w/receiver to put a passenger backrest on.

My thought was when I have the trunk off, which is most the time, and I'm riding around with a Corbin riders backrest and give someone a ride; I can simply move the backrest to the back receiver. Since I don't need a luggage rack 'cause I have a trunk with rack; I figured this would be a good way for folks who roll like I do to have some options.

It's just in the planning stages right now but the goal is to make both mounts for $100 and then we can pick up a couple backrests off ebay. Probably a couple hundred bucks for two of em or $100 for just one.
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