Utopia backrest

Ever since I bought the Victory I've been checking Ebay and Craigslist for a Mustang seat...the version with a backrest and studs. Mostly I just wanted the backrest and the only way to get one, that I was aware of, was with Mustang seat.

Recently John was pondering a backrest for his Goldwing and was asking me about the one I had on my Goldwing. I went on the Utopia site and sent him the link. While I was there I noticed they offered backrests for Victorys. What is the chance they had one for the old Touring Cruiser? Yes...they did! You can also order them with studs. Nice.

Installing a Utopia seat is a straightforward project. I'm going to show the general steps.

Holes are marked and drilled in the bottom of the seat pan to attach the backrest mount.

The guide is affixed 1 1/2" from the edge of the foam. I had to remove a stud to accomodate it.

Plunging a knife into a perfectly good seat.

The mounting bracket is inserted at an angle. I had to use a rubber mallet to get the bracket to push its way through the seat foam.

Installed. The long, flat part of the bracket is now resting on the seat pan.

In a perfect world the holes in the mounting bracket would be lined up with the holes drilled earlier. In my nonperfect world they didn't. I pried, probed, twisted, yanked, cranked, cussed for about half an hour without success so I drilled and tapped new holes.

The new backrest in place. It is adjustable and folds forward for passenger egress.

I took the bike for a ride. The new backrest fit me perfectly and felt s-o-o-o-o-o-o good. I'll be riding the Victory to work instead of the Goldwing for a few days.

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