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I just bought a new 2012 GL1800. Does anyone have any experience with the Utopia backrest on this model? If so, comments and installation experience requested.
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Welcome to the forum from Seattle.

I have to wait until 2022 to answer your question, as that is when I will be able to afford a 2012. In the mean time.... enjoy that new bike of yours. I am sure there will be people coming along shortly that do have experience with that.
 

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Love my Utopia. I've installed one on my 08 and my bud's 10. Do you suspect there is a difference between the 2012 and the 10 model seat ? Here is Steve Saunders take of the Utopia Backrest installation :
 

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Not saying for sure, but I'd guess the installation is the same for the 2012 as previous. If Utopia already has the backrests for the 2012 model, the change can't be that significant in the construction of the seatpan or the backrest. They were a great help when I did mine, so I'd call or e-mail them with your concerns. I really like my rest (as do just about all other owners) and everyone I talk to if they don't know any better thinks it's stock.
 

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Here is one comment I got from the " other place ". The rider who posted this advertizes he rides a 2012 : " The seat is thicker on the 2012. Utopia is coming up with a new bracket for the 2012, according to Venco Wings ". That's all I know right now.
 

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Utopia Backrest

I'm disabled and the Utopia Backrest is a godsend for me. I found it to be a pain in the ass to install (I actually paid a friend $50.00 to install and only helped, it took 3 hrs; however, I and apparently my friend are mechanically challenged. :)) The backrest is great, very sturdy and well make. Good Luck.
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Update for you 2012 Goldwing owners. I saw a picture posted by an owner of a White 2012 with an Utopia Backrest mounted. They are available, at least for some.
 

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Called Utopia to order one and the lady there said that if I did not want to wait I could call a couple of Honda Dealers that she had just sent some out to. I called Niehaus Cycle Sales in Litchfield Il and they had one they would send me (same price at Utopia). Got it in two days and installed it in less than an hour. NICE!
We could all use some "good shopping" classes.... Would you be available to help us out?
 

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Saw the bike at Niehaus Cycle yesterday with the utopia backrest installed, looked good, felt good, may have to consider one as long as it doesn't encroach on mama's seat too much.
 
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