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Do you ever ride two-up on your Sportster, Em?

If not, would a solo seat and rack fit your needs better? I think those little solo racks are cool.
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I wanted a sissy bar on from the moment I bought the bike but knew I wanted something different and it took a while before I found CycleVisions and liked what I saw.

I think that thing is totally cool, but I guarantee it wouldn't take long before I impaled myself on it. THEN I'd regret it.

I knew from the beginning--before actually seeing the bike I was planning to purchase--that I'd be adding a sissy bar and rack. I went with the low bar, as I don't expect to ever have passengers for any significant distance, and I didn't want it sticking too far up in the air. I guess I like the more balanced look when one looks from the side of the bike. That, and its primary function was to be (and has been) to secure luggage/bags as I plan to own only one bike for a while, and I want it to be able to do whatever type of riding I choose.

So, yes, I like the look. It's what I was planning on anyway, so it worked out well that I actually liked what it looked like.
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Do you ever ride two-up on your Sportster, Em?

If not, would a solo seat and rack fit your needs better? I think those little solo racks are cool.
yeah I also think those little racks look really neat, but for large amounts of luggage I don't think they'd help much. Whatever I could put on one of those racks I could pretty much fit in a large tankbag.
but yeah, they do look cool...those little racks.
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I have one on my Honda. Just for baggage and groceries and such. It looks fine. I also have saddle bags, and a big ass shield, so it balances everything out.

I'll be throwing a solo rack on the N, no sissy. It'll let me lash a bag down if I need it, but not cut into the line of the bike. Detachable.

Some bikes look good with sissy's, some don't (R's come to mind, and the N's). Should be fine on an L unless you've gone bobbed or cafe.

+1 on the detachable if you can swing the dough. The more you can swap things around the happier you'll be.
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only thing with the detacheable kind is that set-up will be a bit expensive to buy. Not seeing that cheap anywhere. The other reality is that once its on, I probably own't be taking it off and on.
Well, maybe.
At Dennis Kirk I can get regular sideplates and sissy bar for about $157.
hmmmm....

Is there something wrong with buying Used off of Ebay?
Just wonderingwhy everything has to be purchsed new? When I had my sportster, I did almost all of my mods using used parts of eBay... just find the good ones...
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mine came with the bike, would love a solo seat but my daughter might kill me!
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Is there something wrong with buying Used off of Ebay?
Quality, service, reputable companies, etc... and the fact that eBay is pretty horrible as far as user experience goes. Inexcusably bad IMO.

I wont use it. It's worth the extra dough to stay away from it for me.
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I ordered a medium low sissy bar when I bought my bike. I knew my rugrats would be riding with me at times and the peace of mind of having it was worth every penny.
Just my $.02, but when I was ordering mine, I originally wanted the detachables just for the reasons mentioned above - flexibility, looks, etc. The salesman I spoke to said that most everyone he knew that bought detachables ended up leaving the sissy bar on all the time anyways. I ended up buying rigids and have no regrets.
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DETACHABLE !!!!

The Only way to go, And worth the extra $$$$
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guys are correct, detachable is the way to do it, have one with the sundowner seat and pad, my ol lady said to me "no bar= no fun" so quess I had to use them , but when going solo all it takes is a sec to remove, got big bada** bags for gear. worth the bucks for me.
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