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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-03-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for Markland Backrest Comments

Looking for a good backrest for me and for one that won't interefere with her space so much in the back. I have a 2010 with heated seat so I'm not really wanting to cut into the OEM seat for fear of messing up that system and doing damage to the seat.

I've read other reviews and feedback on backrests but am looking for one final push based on your experiences. I leaning on the Markland but would like your two cents. Thanks.

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If extra space is the priority, the Utopia is better. The hoops on the Markland type backrests take some leg room away. Fitting the Utopia isn't as hard as you think and you won't damage the heater wires because they are nowhere near the cut. Here is a tutorial with video and photos of how to install it;

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum9/51868.html

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If extra space is the priority, the Utopia is better. The hoops on the Markland type backrests take some leg room away. Fitting the Utopia isn't as hard as you think and you won't damage the heater wires because they are nowhere near the cut. Here is a tutorial with video and photos of how to install it;

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum9/51868.html
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Glad I asked, didn't know I can dig into the heated seat. thanks guys.

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Glad I asked, didn't know I can dig into the heated seat. thanks guys.
Mine has the heated seat,
The wiring is along the side of the seat and you will be no where near the heating pads if you cut where the instructions tell you to cut.
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Jim let me know when you get the uthopia I did two of them my friend and I have 09s no problem we bought off wingstuff but hal will match prices.I live on pequot ave off hines.
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Utopia is best if you need the space for the co-rider, but if you don't want to cut the seat the Kuryakyn back rest has the brackets that lay flat against the side of the seat and lay forward so the passenger can mount.


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Glad I asked, didn't know I can dig into the heated seat. thanks guys.
The Utopia is easy to install and by far better than the ones with bars. Wires are no problem as you can see them through the bottom of the seat pan.
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I love my markland backrest. It's way more adjustable than most and you can easily remove it if necessary. There are zero problems with passenger leg room, even better than the Kurys in that respect.

Big bike makes a clone that you can pick up for under $100. Just look for add-on backrest on ebay.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-03-2010, 11:25 PM
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I have the Markland & find it very well suited for me & my SO. I have asked her if the bars bother her in any way & her reply was that she never noticed them. I am 250lbs & she is 120 & 5ft.4, if that helps. I would buy one again.
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