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Old 05-15-2015, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Backrest/sissy bar: Removeable or not

Newby here: Will be soon getting a sissybar, but torn on getting the removable one, or the "set" one. How secure is the removable one? Does it rattle at all, or loose at all? Once locked in, will it stay there, or is it fairly easy to remove/steal w/o the key?

For those who have the "set" one, is it permanent, or just a matter of removing it when you want? If removable, is it easy, or do you need a special/factory tool to do so, (not sure what kind of screws they use, if they are different than the ones on the part of the bike where it attaches to.)

Any pros/cons/opinions are certainly appreciated.

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Old 05-15-2015, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the MC Enterprise version and I think its awesome. Four bolts and spacers hold it in place and thread into the factory holes. Its fairly quick to remove if I wanted to....just break the torque on the bolts and back them off, remove sissy bar, and install the original or spacer/bolt combo. Thats it. 5 minute job to put off and take off. IDK about the Cobra or Kury versions but for the MC versions its that quick and easy.
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I have the yamaha tall set/fixed one. It is only 4 bolts, two on each side of the fender. no special tools, just allen bolt, comes off in few minutes. Cant comment on the removable one, but i have not heard of anybody complain of it rattling or moving at all. wife likes it and i have no complaints.

Now, if i had to do it over, i may have gone with the ones from either Cobra or MC enterprises. Haven't seen it in person but from others posted pics it seems to sit closer to the sides of the fender. The yamaha leave a good gap, but it only bothered me when i had saddlebags that hung off the fender and the yoke sat on the backrest uprights a bit.
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I have the oem short quick release BR. It does not rattle at stops or going down the road but mine does make a "clank" sound if I hit a large bump or pothole. Since its quick release and rests on spacers there's a very slight up/down play which makes the sound if I hit a pronounced bump. It's easy to remove and reattach, literally a few seconds to do.
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I have the short quick release, and have no movement at all. I consider it as secure when locked as the fixed unit because you'd have to take out some bolts to get it off, or break something. The mounting stays secure whether it's locked or unlocked, and on and off is literally seconds, just as JesterAZ said.
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I have the OEM short fixed version. I was originally wanting the quick-release but it was a PITA to find as it was on back-order from Yamaha. I later read someone's comment about the QR version having this "frankenbolt" kind of look. I searched harder for a more detail photo and finally found a picture which confirmed the look, at least for me. I had the same thoughts and didn't want that bulky bolt look so I turned to the fixed version. It too was a pain to find, though. I ended up ordering a used one from Amazon under their Warehouse deals thing. Turned out to be just an open box(torn up via shipment type) and never used. I had no complaints at $151. With all that said, take a very close look to make sure that's what you want...the sooner the better because more than likely it will be a long hunt for you. I haven't even installed mine yet because I don't have the pad...again, on back-order until Sept. There are other options for the pad but so far I'm just not pleased with the one Mustang pad I've seen...style just doesn't match. I'm not just a "throw anything on" kind of guy. From a bike perspective, I want it to be "sharp dressed" at every possible detail.
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At the risk of insulting a fellow forum member here, I will say that I think the Star Accessories backrest is the ugliest piece of chit I could ever imagine bolting onto my bike.
I'm really sorry but that's just my opinion, I know others love their Star backrest.
That said, I originally bought my bike with getting the shorty/QR but thank God it was on back order and after 4 weeks I gave up and bought the MC Enterprises unit.
I love it.
The chrome is deep and the part is made extremely well AND the people of the company are great to deal with.
I took mine of yesterday (allen wrench) to remove the fender to replace my tail light and it took me all of about 3 minutes to do and that included finding the right allen!
One trick I found is to use a piece of masking tape to temporarily hold the "Fender stays" to keep them from pivoting down and possibly scratching your paint while you do it... Add another minute to find the tape!
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None taken at all, AR. At least not from me. Opinions of others don't offend me, much less anything else. Just about everyone gets offended this day in age, though. Come on folks, grow up. Back on your comment, I just hope it doesn't start to look ugly once I put it on. Backrest options for matte black/grey just aren't out there and chrome just isn't my thing as it was in my younger years. So, since mine isn't truly complete due to the pad I can always send the bracket back being I got it from Amazon with Prime but that's if anyone knows of other options that I may like better. I prefer to have all options in front before I make a decision but again, options are limited for us trying to avoid chrome.
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None taken at all, AR. At least not from me. Opinions of others don't offend me, much less anything else. Just about everyone gets offended this day in age, though. Come on folks, grow up. Back on your comment, I just hope it doesn't start to look ugly once I put it on. Backrest options for matte black/grey just aren't out there and chrome just isn't my thing as it was in my younger years. So, since mine isn't truly complete due to the pad I can always send the bracket back being I got it from Amazon with Prime but that's if anyone knows of other options that I may like better. I prefer to have all options in front before I make a decision but again, options are limited for us trying to avoid chrome.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The Stryker sissy bar does not appeal to me at all. Went with the Cobra short.
Because of the arch of the back fender, it looks taller. Love the look and the stability of it. I take off for 3-4 day rides so the rack does it's job.
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