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Another perceivable "need" is a drivers backrest. I want one that does not make it uncomfortable for the boss to get on and off. It seems from the video that the Kurakyn does not sit upright when you are not in the saddle, making it awkward getting on. Any opinions?

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Utopia here. Leans forward for loading the backseat driver. Super comfortable on long rides.
 

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I watched the video of the Utopia backrest. I see how it folds forward nicely, but in the video it looks like he has to hold it up when he gets on. Does it not stand up straight by itself?
 

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I watched the video of the Utopia backrest. I see how it folds forward nicely, but in the video it looks like he has to hold it up when he gets on. Does it not stand up straight by itself?
There is adjusting nut on mine that tightens of loosens the pivoting tension. In other words, you decide how easy it folds over.
 

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I have a Utopia also (Thanks Lee and Tom). Would recommend it. Makes long rides a lot more comfortable.
 

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There is no spring loading in the Utopia I have. But you can adjust the tightness of the nut on the pivot bolt, which will keep the seat from "flopping" forward, so it'll stay where you put it. Inelegant perhaps, but effective.
 

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Only complaint I have with my Utopia is the adjusting nut works it's way lose over time/distance traveled.
 

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I have the Utopia backrest which is the first backrest I have ever had on any bike. I don't like the feeling of being locked into place that you get with this or any backrest but the more I ride the more I adapt to this feeling. I can see on long ride it will be a benefit as my back does tend to get sore after many hours in the saddle. It folds ahead nicely to allow the passenger plenty of room to get on and has a really handy pouch for the passenger to place her whip, hammer and other motivational tools. That being said the backrest came with the bike and I'm keeping it.
 

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So the Utopia backrest is great. There is a bolt for the hinge that you can loosen or tighten to suit you for tension folding forward and back. There is also a set screw to set how far back the backrest will go. Depending on your reach, this can be done while riding down the road to adjust your lean angle.
 

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I just purchased a 2003 Wing with a Corbin seat, where the backrest folds to the front and makes mounting easier for a passenger. A bit pricey, but a good seat.
 
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