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I have had a 2004 Gold Wing and a 2009 Royal Star Venture. Both have a wrap around trunk/backrest for the passenger and "grips" for them on each side of the seat. My wife and I went for a ride yesterday up some of the canyons around here and she felt "very exposed". Is there something I can put on the bike to help her feel more secure in the seat? I have already suggested bungie and duct tape. No go.
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I have had a 2004 Gold Wing and a 2009 Royal Star Venture. Both have a wrap around trunk/backrest for the passenger and "grips" for them on each side of the seat. My wife and I went for a ride yesterday up some of the canyons around here and she felt "very exposed". Is there something I can put on the bike to help her feel more secure in the seat? I have already suggested bungie and duct tape. No go.
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Did you take out the passenger hand hold from the middle of the seat? My wife holds onto that, and she's been a happy camper all along. That plus the Victory backrest keeps both of us happy.

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I did. Was some help but not in the twisties.
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There are some options available. Add the trunk or passenger backrest of you don't have them. And there are passenger grab handles available from Victory.

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Vision or XCT? Vision is pretty "huggy", XCT not so much. Corbin and a few others sell passenger back rests that are "huggy", but not sure how it would look with the factory seat. Get on the phone and talk to some folks.
Check out local apholstery shops too. Shouldn't take much, and as long as they are in there they can shape the seat to he back, which should help a lot.

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I have the Vic hand grabs on mine and the girlfriend really likes them. If she didn't ride with me i would take them off.

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I have had a 2004 Gold Wing and a 2009 Royal Star Venture. Both have a wrap around trunk/backrest for the passenger and "grips" for them on each side of the seat. My wife and I went for a ride yesterday up some of the canyons around here and she felt "very exposed". Is there something I can put on the bike to help her feel more secure in the seat? I have already suggested bungie and duct tape. No go.
Be easier to discuss solutions if you'd put your bike year and model somewhere in your info or signature.

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Be easier to discuss solutions if you'd put your bike year and model somewhere in your info or signature.
You are correct sir!

I'll go out on a limb and say our OP is riding a XC or XR. My wife really likes the Vic Lock and Ride Backrest on our XC. She can lean back and feel secure with the mild wrap of the backrest. My wife is rather small. You may need to get a trunk if that's what your wife is used to.

On a different note...if your passenger feels unsecure on the back, she may need to relax a bit. My wife listens pretty darn good and accepted that she was creating some of the problems on the twistie roads by being tense. The tension caused her to work against me and the bike. Once she relaxed and went with me and the bike, she started to really enjoy the twistie roads.

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My wife used to doze off on the back of my Ultra Classic. I reminded her it is a motorcycle and not a Lazy Boy! Tell her to put her arms around your waist like the old days and hang onnnnnnnnnnnnn!

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There is always The Babe Cage





But seriously... there are several different arm rests that look like you could find a way to mount on your trunk. It all comes down to how much you wan to pay and what style you like.

American Motorcycle Accessories Billet Passenger Armrest - Harley Davidson Touring Models w/ Tour Pak


Kuryakyn Passenger Armrests


BMW K 1600 GTL Rear Armrest

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