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View Poll Results: how did you feel when you first saw your bike with sissy bar added
I thought, wow! that's spiffy! I am soooo happy I did that! 126 44.68%
sheesh....its kinda wonky.... but I really do need it 106 37.59%
how depressing, this looks like doo-doo, wish I had kept my $$ and found an alternative 50 17.73%
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Old 7th August 2018
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Mine bike was used and came with the sissy bar. I rarely ride anyone, but it's really handy for tying stuff to. Luggage, cooler, you name it. I wouldn't be without it. I think it looks good too.
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If anybody is interested in an inexpensive sissy bar of medium to low quality, here's one on Amazon for like 30 bucks. It fits my solid mount 883r.

The hardware is crappy, the welds are crappy, and the pad is shitty. For what I want it for (strapping an occasional bag) it'll work fine. I wrapped the spots on the bar where the holes are drilled for the pad. I also upgraded the hardware to stainless.
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For the first year I rode upright, and had a big fat sundowner seat on it for commuting. in 09 Harley had the sportster buy back and the boys at Ft Lewis were selling parts a 10 on the dollar.
One guy had the detachable sissy bar with storage rack. It looked like....
But it carried my lunch box, and rain gear. In 2010 I went full cafe cruiser, so the seat and sissy bar got sold to a gent in West Seattle.

With the rear fender bobbed, and a Saddlemen cafe seat. No more need for the sissy bar. I carry me lunch in a one strap sling pack, and bungee the rain gear to the hump on the back of the seat.
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Handy for luggage, not not so handy for swinging a leg over
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I made one and am over the moon with it. All the after market ones looked horrid, boring and clipped on. So I made a new set of fender strut covers to work with the sissy bar I had in mind.
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I made one and am over the moon with it. All the after market ones looked horrid, boring and clipped on. So I made a new set of fender strut covers to work with the sissy bar I had in mind.
Well, when ya going to post a photo of it? I purchased a high dollar HD one. I attached a saddleman bag to it for holding my stash etc. Swinging my leg over is a little challenge at times.

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I am a devout sissy bar virgin...I cannot indulge in this pole
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I don't often carry passengers, so I wasn't as concerned with custom options (could be a safety concern). I ended up fabricating (not very well though) sideplates that sat further back. I prefer it in this position. Additionally, my stock solo seat was modified so that I can sit a couple of inches further back (basically 1-2 inches further back onto the fender) without noticing it and it is comfortable for me. I had to mount the passenger pillion backwards (IIRC) to move it slightly rearward without modification. I'm 6" tall with a 34" inseam (non-riding pants) and use the mid controls.

Another benefit from sitting further back is that I don't feel most of the vibrations from the solid mount in that position.

I haven't been as active on the forum for years, and think all the uploaded pics of my bike are gone after server upgrades (and I'm no longer a paid member). If the "member's pics" section is anywhere left on the site (I can't find it) you should be able to see some of the pics of my bike's setup.
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