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Need a new back rest
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all! Sad

While riding the other day, I stood up on the pegs to stretch out a leg cramp an in the process, hit a bump and sat down on my backrest the wrong way. I sheared off the screws that hold it onto the bike.

So my choices are to drill out the sheared screws and replace them or,,,,,,,get everyone's opinion on a new one. Does anyone have a particular brand/type they just would not want to live without? I have low back pain most of the time so if anyone knows of one that is more supportative/comfortable, let me know! I have no idea what brand is on there now, it came with the bike and there are no markings on it except for the GL1200 eagle tooled into it. (plus it is black which drives me nuts because it does not match my pretty brown seat!)
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#1 08-11-2008, 04:39 AM,
the allen bolts that hold the back rest pad to the bracket had no bolts to lock it in place ( on the 1200 ) and i had to put washers and nuts on before the hole got too out of round. i had just paid about $150 for the back rest earlier this year. that reminds me,i am going to check the one on the 1500 today. if you can repair it and its nothing major i would if i were you
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#2 08-11-2008, 06:45 AM,
LOL, if only it were that easy to fix! I didn't break the actual backrest (pad area) I broke it where it attaches to the side of the bike! Confusedhock: Confusedhock: I did find it is a Markland. It has the adjustment screw with the big black handle and that is the one I broke. The other side already had the handle missing so I'll probably just try to find a couple of replacements and go from there.

I was just curious to see if there are any out there that may provide more support.
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#3 08-11-2008, 05:22 PM,
Hey Capt!
Post a couple of picks of your backrest and bracket. I have a couple units floating around and some hardware as well. May even have an ugly ol' brown one! :lol:
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#4 08-11-2008, 07:23 PM,
GL - I'll try to post ASAP. I would love to have a brown one,,,,,even if you do think it's ugly! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I do appreciate you taking the time to look!

I'm in the 9th hour of a 48 hour shift at work so it may be a couple of days before I can get a photo taken of it.
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#5 08-12-2008, 02:14 PM,
Hi Firecapt,
Overdrive26 here, and I too have a complete seat, backrest and the fixins`. If Mike dosen`t have what you need, I might be able to help. Mine is brown also. One way or the other, I`m sure someone should be able to help.
Later Tater,
Overdrive26
Wayne Allen Smile
If you treat your 1200 right, and trust her, she can and will save your butt from a lot of bad scenes. Just believe in her! Mine has several times.
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#6 08-12-2008, 11:05 PM,
You all are awesome! I have arranged to take off work tonight for a few hours so I can go to my riding club's meeting. If I run home and get the bike, I'll try to get a photo of where the problem is. I really would like a brown one so let me get some measurements/photos and hopefully I can take someone up on their offer!

Thanks! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#7 08-13-2008, 04:26 AM,
Ok, here goes,,,,,sorry if the photos are too large, I'm still not fluent in posting them.

This is what it looks like, not broken. The other side is missing the black knob so at the very least I need two new knobs/bolts and the threaded bushing that they go into.

[Image: DSCF3482-copy.jpg]

This is the type of bracket that is on the bike. If I can find another backrest, I want one that will fit on this bracket.

[Image: DSCF3483-copy.jpg]

The bushing has another bolt that holds it in the bracket. (you can see it still in there in the photo above. I really did it up well didn't I?? :oops:
[Image: DSCF3486-copy.jpg]

I've received a couple of offers for brown back rests, if you made the offer, and your's will fit this bracket, please contact me again! Big Grin

And again, thanks to those of you who have posted, I absolutely love this site, it is what biking is all about!
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#8 08-14-2008, 06:33 AM,
When I got my bike, both of the knobs for the backrest were sheared off. I got one of the bolts off and took it to a store next to my work called Bolt and Nut supply. I explained what I needed it to do and he came back in one minute with the spacers, bolts and the same black caps that you show above. Costs me like $1.89. He pressure fit the knob to the bolt. It is nice to be able to move the backrest forward and back on those longer trips.
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#9 08-14-2008, 08:04 AM,
FireCapt41,

Thanks for posting the picture of your backrest setup. I have the same one but never knew until now what the original fasteners looked like. The PO had two oversized screws in place of the bolts with the black caps on them, which over the years has worn holes in the seat. Now I can look around town for someplace that may carry the bolts. Hope someone gets back to you on the backrest.
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#10 08-15-2008, 08:21 AM,
Hi Firecapt.
Overdrive26 here. Sorry I haven`t gotten back to you sooner, but I`ve been out of town. My backrest is not like yours, but if no one else can come close, we can give mine a shot. Let`s see if someone has an exact match, and if not, maybe we can still get you fixed up. Between all of us, I know we can make it work.
Keep your chin up, it`ll come together.
Overdrive26
Wayne Allen Smile
If you treat your 1200 right, and trust her, she can and will save your butt from a lot of bad scenes. Just believe in her! Mine has several times.
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#11 08-18-2008, 12:49 AM,


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