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Hello again.

I tried going with a ready-made backrest (BR) from eBay, it looked good enough on the site.
I even messaged the seller trying to insure it would fit my 2006 Honda VTX 1800S, they said it’s a perfect fit, (WRONG).


The bracket they sent did not fit my bike (trike) at all; it was both too short and not wide enough to mount to the fender bolts.
The seat pad seemed to be well made but if mounted between the driver/passenger seats would have pushed me forward a couple of inches. (Not Good)


So, after paying to send the (BR) back to the seller, I figured I might as well make my own.


First, I tell you I did some searches’ on this website looking at comments about (BR), seems everybody likes them, but found nothing on making your own.

Next I also did some searching on the internet, looking at numerous features, configurations and styles.
I knew that I now wanted more than just the basic non-adjustable (BR), I needed adjustments and flexibility to boot.


I could do at home,
with a welder, grinder, drill, tap/die set, spray paint and some other stuff to make the (BR).
I like the rest of you like pictures,
they say it helps prove that you did it, I like to think they might also inspire a few folks to try and do it them self’s.

We are a nation of semi-skilled handymen aren’t we!


Pictures below, show both the raw metal construction (close-ups) and finished (BR) on the bike/trike.

I did end up cutting an inch from the eyelet pivot point and welding the base piece that mounts to the passenger’s pillion pan to fit better.

I also cut 2 inches from the adjustable height piece(s) as initially in the lowest position it was way too high on my back.

The (BR) pad is an eBay item, little smaller than I wanted but beggars can’t be choosers.

So let me know what you think, good or bad, I got big shoulders.


David Hilton

Ret. USN ETC/SS :patriot:
 

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That looks just as good as any backrest I've seen. Nicely done. :)
I'm surprised your rear can tolerate that stock seat.
 

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Good job. But really--who cares what it looks like ( it does look really good and like a stock factory item) as long as it improves your ride. I know mine sure does on the long rides.
 

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Looks good. I made my own too, works for me.
 

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First year after I got my bike, I wanted a cheap backrest, so bought one for $30 or so. I don't remember the brand, but it was a fixed BR and attached to the bolts that the 2 halves of the stock seat connected with(1800 C model). It too shoved me forward against the tank, so since it was so cheap, I cut the chromed upright that was a basic L bracket and welded-added a 2" piece of steel on a 45* angle, offsetting the upright back the amount I needed. I then painted it black to cover the welds. This worked fine except I'm vertically challenged @ 5'10", and it was hard throwing a leg over the non-adjustable BR. Not long after I got my Ultimate seat, and as comfortable as it was, the BR also pushed me forward more than comfortable. Now, the Ultimate BR has a pivot for comfort, but the upright bracket is pre-bent on an approximately 30* angle. After studying it for a bit, I determined if I could eliminate the angle, the BR would be further back and suit my need. I disassembled the bracket/ upright from the backrest pad, and putting it in a bench vise, cranked out all but a couple of degrees of the angle, reassembled, and haven't thought twice about it. It's a very comfy fit for me, and has that flip-down retained.
 

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I had an older Honda VT1100C Ace Tourer and made my own backrest for it as well - actually I made a cardboard template and had a local ironworks company make it for me. It worked great, but
no pivot - but it was sized specifically for me. I now have a VTX1300R and have the Ultimate Seat with included backrest. I guess being 4'11" must be a good thing..this baclrest pushes me forward enough (along with my 9" risers) so that I can now ride comfortably without having to scrunch forward. (Paxman, I wish I was near as vertically challenged as you say you are, LOL!)
 

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I had an older Honda VT1100C Ace Tourer and made my own backrest for it as well - actually I made a cardboard template and had a local ironworks company make it for me. It worked great, but
no pivot - but it was sized specifically for me. I now have a VTX1300R and have the Ultimate Seat with included backrest. I guess being 4'11" must be a good thing..this baclrest pushes me forward enough (along with my 9" risers) so that I can now ride comfortably without having to scrunch forward. (Paxman, I wish I was near as vertically challenged as you say you are, LOL!)
Haha, vertically challenged maybe from a different demographic or ergonomic standpoint!
 
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