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Today I installed the passenger backrest. It is built very solid, though the top of the pad sticks up far past the frame, making it flex easily. The finish of the cover also does not match the seat. :-(. A replacement pad will remedy that. I wish the frame finish matched the grab bars.
 

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Yea it was a big letdown when I saw it. I was expecting a low profile sporty back rest that flows into the grab rails like the F6B. What we ended up with looks exactly like what I had on my Shadow years ago.
 

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Could you put up a picture so we can see what it looks like. That 's too bad that it didn't meet your expectations. I wonder if there is an aftermarket option that would have been a better fit.
 

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I don't like the fact that it is chrome. I think black would look much better with the blacked out grab rails on my blue valkyrie. I will probably end up getting it powder coated shiny black.
 

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Bummer to hear about the style and finish on the backrest. Just bought a Valkyrie and the dealer is putting on a backrest. Didn't have a pic to show me when i bought the bike and accessories.

Hopefully, a 3rd party will come up with something better.

CrusinRev -- new owner and member
 

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I'm sure there will be something better from a third party vendor. Not sure who that is yet though... Is it not possible to modify the existing back rest to make it better, or is it not something you can really change like that, better to buy a whole new one.

Only aftermarket stuff I can find is on ebay.
 

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I mounted the factory backrest and carrier on my 14 yesterday.
Easy install for everything.
It isn't the most attractive piece on the bike but sturdy enough for MOM so everybody can be happy now!!;)
I wasn't in favor of the chrome finish but it does tie in with the pipes, mirrors and levers so it doesn't seem entirely out of place.
A matte or flat black option might have blended in a little better, like someone said earlier, getting it powder coated is another way to go.
 

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At some point I'm going to take all the accessories I've bought from Honda and have them chromed in black. They did such a nice job on the Blue bike blacking everything out then all the accessories show up in chrome.
 

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I’m confused “Key” remove 2 hex head bolts at the rear of the passenger seat lift up slide rear and it’s off. That exposes 2 bolts at the rear of the drivers seat
 

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I just ordered one of these without the cargo plate. Curious... Can the cargo p,ate bolt onto it or would I have to get a whole new bar?
 

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Hey guys - I really don't like the Honda passenger backrests, so I did a quick google search for 2014 Valkyrie backrests. I saw at least two Valkyries with really cool passenger backrests. The supports are skeletonized black and a little more searching reveals that they are Yamaha Stryker 1300 backrests. They appear to be stock Yamaha brackets that were attached to these Valkyries with a bracket somebody designed to fit the holes where the Valk grab rails are attached. The Valks in the pictures no longer had any grab rails. I don't know if they were removed for aesthetic reasons or because they obstructed the mounting of the Yamaha uprights.

In any case, I'd love to know who made these brackets and whether I can purchase a pair. Anybody know??? My wife never rides with me so I don't really need the grab rails. There are two versions of this backrest, a tall and a short. Not sure which was used. I think this backrest really compliments the lines of the Valkyrie and the luggage rack that goes with these does the same.

I can't yet post pictures of the Valkyries with these backrests, but you can find them with a couple clicks. I don't really like the pad, but I can design my own. I have a Corbin seat coming and I can send my pad to them to have it covered.
 

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Hey guys - I really don't like the Honda passenger backrests, so I did a quick google search for 2014 Valkyrie backrests. I saw at least two Valkyries with really cool passenger backrests. The supports are skeletonized black and a little more searching reveals that they are Yamaha Stryker 1300 backrests. They appear to be stock Yamaha brackets that were attached to these Valkyries with a bracket somebody designed to fit the holes where the Valk grab rails are attached. The Valks in the pictures no longer had any grab rails. I don't know if they were removed for aesthetic reasons or because they obstructed the mounting of the Yamaha uprights.

In any case, I'd love to know who made these brackets and whether I can purchase a pair. Anybody know??? My wife never rides with me so I don't really need the grab rails. There are two versions of this backrest, a tall and a short. Not sure which was used. I think this backrest really compliments the lines of the Valkyrie and the luggage rack that goes with these does the same.

I can't yet post pictures of the Valkyries with these backrests, but you can find them with a couple clicks. I don't really like the pad, but I can design my own. I have a Corbin seat coming and I can send my pad to them to have it covered.
The short version is the common one used.
Handles interfere I would assume.
You need the Honda oem saddlebag brackets and a piece of flat steel to bolt between the bracket and the backrest (and to entend the bolt holes out wide enough for the backrest to mount up to.

Disclaimer: I don't have this setup but studied it heavily because I was planning on doing it.
 

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The short version is the common one used.
Handles interfere I would assume.
You need the Honda oem saddlebag brackets and a piece of flat steel to bolt between the bracket and the backrest (and to entend the bolt holes out wide enough for the backrest to mount up to.

Disclaimer: I don't have this setup but studied it heavily because I was planning on doing it.
HValkrider - Thanks for that extremely valuable information!! Such an obvious solution, but I've had my mind going to the most complicated places for weeks upon weeks (mainly because of the curves in the rear fender). Occam's Razor prevails again!

I have a couple questions if you don't mind. First, what made you decide not to do it? Second, it looks to me that the piece of flat steel used to extend the saddlebag bracket could or should have been cut out at the bottom to match the bottom shape of the Yamaha bracket. I can see a screw into that piece of steel that appears in an asymmetrical place. Doesn't look quite right - maybe that's where the flat steel had to be screwed to the saddlebag bracket to avoid having to put a curve in the flat steel piece??

I found the saddlebag brackets for only $96, but I'm still conflicted. I'd rather not lose the grab rails. My goal here is not so much the passenger backrest, but to have a sissy bar and rack to put a small bag on. I want to keep the Valkyrie as clean as possible, but you do need to have some stuff with you unless your just cruising the boulevard.

I have one more possible solution before I go to the Stryker backrest. I wrecked my VTX1800N back on May 30 (3 broken ribs are a bitch). I was able to salvage some stuff including the backrest which I really liked. It's the backrest with the wide nicely curved chrome uprights that narrowed down as they went up. I think I can adapt it to attach to the Valk's grap rails. I'm going to have to put some curves in the uprights to narrow the width at the pad connection. If I can get this right, I'm going to remove the chrome and have it powdered coated to match the Valk's silver grab rails.

Anyway, thanks again for the info!
 
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