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The top portion width of the sissy bar is 6", I found 2 mini pad that have widths of 5 1/2" and 6 1/2". I'm assuming I would want to get the bigger of the two?


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Ik you can buy sissy bars with backrests and then have to buy the mounting hardware, I'm wondering if anyone makes just a back rest on a steal bracket that connects to the seat screw? It's something that would only be installed when she's riding so I'm not looking to spend the time and money relocating my turn signals and installing a sissy bar. If there isn't one already out there that connects to seat screw I could probably make my own bracket for it and mount a backrest to it, unless anyone sees a flaw in this.

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I'd be concerned with the strength of a backrest supported with just one or maybe two screws through the top of the fender.
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I'm not aware of the detachable setup needing the turn signals moved. I know the one on my 2007 does not.

I actually have no use for it. I'd sell you my chrome detachable backrest/luggage rack for $100 if you want it.

Here's the best photo I have of it on the bike when I got it. As you can see the turn signals are still there.

Note that I have no idea if it fits your bike so please do the research first


That won't fit his '91 or, at least they aren't a straight bolt on. His fender supports are curved not, straight.
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Thanks for the replies. We came to those same conclusions so I bought model specific detachable side plates and docking hardware. I even found a new luggage rack for my bike, I just need to find a sissy bar that will fit into the side plates but having a little trouble since most I'm finding are for rigid mount side plates, not sure if those are narrower or wider than ones that use the detachable side plates. I may purchase the one I mentioned above since I'm pretty sure it fits after some measuring.

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Thanks for the replies. We came to those same conclusions so I bought model specific detachable side plates and docking hardware. I even found a new luggage rack for my bike, I just need to find a sissy bar that will fit into the side plates but having a little trouble since most I'm finding are for rigid mount side plates, not sure if those are narrower or wider than ones that use the detachable side plates. I may purchase the one I mentioned above since I'm pretty sure it fits after some measuring.

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Rigid mount is typically narrower than detachable since the rigid side plates mount between the fender and frame, at least on my 06 they did.

And I will do my best to dig up my sissy bars tonight and measure them for you. It's been a crazy few weeks
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And I will do my best to dig up my sissy bars tonight and measure them for you. It's been a crazy few weeks
No problem, you're doing me a favor so no rush lol. I haven't received the luggage rack I bought but it had measurements in the pic and mount to mount was 5 1/4" so I cut a piece of wood to that dimension and put it between the mount on the side plate for the sissy bar and if I use stock position for the side plates I need a bar that's approx 6 3/4" outside to outside at the mounting location. If I buy bolts and make spacers I could make it so I can use a wider bar, that would make the rack useless unless I make a bracket and spacer for that as well or buy the newer model luggage rack.

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