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Backrest for Honda ST1300: A Review
To me, about the
only major drawback to owning my new ST1300 has been the lack of aftermarket
accessories available. For some unknown reason, even Honda seems reluctant
to produce new goodies for bolting onto my steed. Not that I miss most
of the stuff I might normally throw my money at, but one item is absolutely
essential, as far as I am concerned, and has been, until now unavailable
- a passenger backrest.
Enter my savior, Jerry Finley, at Pirates'
Lair Motorcycle Accessories. Jerry has designed a passenger backrest
he calls "The Stealth," because it can be removed in about
30 seconds, leaving my bike's beautifully aesthetic lines clean and
uncluttered when I ride solo. And even when installed, I have to admit
that the match with my bike's upholstery and hardware is so perfect
you'd swear this was a factory part.
The Stealth is a patented design, made from stainless steel, that bolts
directly onto the stock luggage rack on the ST, replacing the cheesy
plastic cover on the rack with a heavy steel one. In addition, the new
rack shelf is coated with "Tuff Stuff Rhino Liner," the ultra-tough,
flexible liner material used to protect truck beds. The backrest pad
is upholstered by the folks at Sargent Cycle, and its stainless mounting
shaft slides into and out of the rack effortlessly, held in place by
a single, easily-removable bolt.
It gives my wife all the support she's ever wanted, and gives me the
peace of mind, knowing she isn't going to slide off the back if I twist
the throttle a little too aggressively. In addition, I find the new
rack cover secures my bundles much better than the stock one did, because
the tacky surface prevent the load from slipping and sliding.
This is a very pricey unit, but the quality is also first-class
quality throughout, with an unconditional, money-back, no questions
asked guarantee from Jerry (less shipping). I installed mine, myself,
in about 10 minutes. It's very simple - but don't try it without reading
the excellent, yet brief, instructions first. Trust me. You'll lose
a part and be frustrated for weeks.
Rau / Motorcycle Consumer News