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Hey there,

I finally bought my first bike last summer, an '02 1100 Silverado. (Some people said it was my mid life crisis thing, but the motorcycle was easier than finding an 18 year old girl to date.) The previous owner took great care of it. It came with the two piece Mustang seat on it, and now I think I'd like to put a drivers backrest on it. The only thing is that every one of them I've looked at, says that it is for stock seats, and not for aftermarket seats.

Has anyone had any experience with putting one on an aftermarket seat, or have any suggestions on which ones would work?

Thanks for any advive.

Stay safe,
Darrell
 

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Hey thanks for the reply. Yea, I've looked at that one. Looks like a nice product, and even looks to be made by a brother firefighter. But the small print has that 'after market exception' line. Hate to order something just to have to pay return postage and/or restocking fees. Thanks again for your response.
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Darrell,

I have been having the same debate. I have a Mustang seat on my Stratoliner, did not get the back rest. Now sometimes wish I had. I see those adds and wonder if it would work anyway. The two peace Mustang seat is not that much differant. The only way we will know is either try one or call one of the sellers.

I also think some of the back pain is things like age, posture, and time in the seat.

You will toughen up some as you ride. I always get tired sooner at the beginning of the season than toward the end. Each year comfort comes slower. Risers and handlebars can get you in a better posture.

I see a lot of discussion here and on other blogs about seats. I don't see them as doing as much as I often see implied.

Maybe ride for a while, make a few bike nights and shows, watch other bikes and ask. Then make up you rmind

I could not find an 18 year old either.

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Hey Dave,

Thanks for the thought.

I Emailed Mustang asking if I could buy their backrest and add it on, they said no, and sent me the item number of the seat that comes with the backrest. Like I said, I'm so new to the motorcycle world, I don't know what if any bad habits I have. Need to hook up with a couple different 'good' riders for pointers, and take my motorcycle safty class. Darn thing called job that kinda gets in the way.

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Darrell
 

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Seat back

Darrell,
I think the Mustang back rest is into a cutout in the seat. I see one on E Bay that appears to go under the passenger seat and mount on the passenger seat bolts. Problem is that is one of the ones that says only works with stock seat. Will keep looking. Of course each bike is different.

It will be a while before we can ride in Ohio. I think you can get a permit and ride the back roads but the course will be necessary to get an motorcycle endorsement. Back rest will be the least of your priorities for a while.

I gave up that work stuff.

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Dave you have such a subtle way of makin a point, Sugar Bear is so much rougher around the edges, and not nearly as discreet, but what you say is true to the point, a rider has to toughen up as goes the season, short rides, longer, longer, longer, till into it. No one, young or old can take off on a long run 2,3 4 grand on the first run of the season and not feel it, but later, ok. One cannot expect to ride around the block a time or two, then go on a run and feel fresh. By the way, I was lucky enough to be able the leave the workin world several years ago too, it's great, now the little ones and the freedom of the road.;)
 

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Backrests are nice but not a no fault fix, I have a heated corbin with rider backrest and adjusting it alot & may just remove it. If wearing a T shirt & vest, I cant adjust it far enough up to reach it at all, with leather coat I can tell it's there, with riding suit that has built in back armor its awesome. Adjusting your handlebars, adding alternate pegs, or highway pegs, or floorboards will likely give you more stamina. The only time I get ideal support from my backrest is when my feet are on the highway pegs & legs are firm pushing me back against it.
Mine is a post mount through the seat, the horseshoe bar mount style (although have alot of gaudy hardware) seem to be more adjustable them the style I have. I plan to remove the upholstery & thicken the padding in mine hoping for resolution since the adjustments are all the way forward & still not far enough. Goodluck.
 

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I have 2000 vstar 1100 custom, stock seats with passenger backrest


I am considering the following to save some money, the mustang driver and passenger with backrest was going to be about $650.00 the following will save me about $ 300. 00 and since you dont get the money back too much you invest in the bike, i didnt want to put a lot into it. I like the vstar, been reliable, great bike for me , a new rider to start on.

to save some money i looked at following:

seat for passenger and driver double thick foam -$250 max, there are cheaper options
http://www.meancitycycles.com/motorcycle_seat_modifications.php

backrest, i called yesterday, est for vstar 100 custom--$100.00
http://www.grasshopperlimited.com/Yamaha.html



enjoy your bike, ride safe, great talking with you
 
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