Peter Davis
Hi all, have just removed the top box from my roadmaster and replaced it with a backrest from Marc at Zorros ,works and looks great, still have top box when going on Holidays and such, but the difference in handling is amazing it is quick release as well. If anyone is intrested let me know and I'll send you a picture along with his contact number, however it is pricey, $800. Cheers Peter.
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Doely
Be good to see a pic mate . Quick releases are great . Old girl likes the armchair but I gong mind the backrest look . 
Cheers Ray
Gympie QLD😎
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TeeGee
I love the idea of riding the RM minus the top box. Its a weighty little bugger though, so I don't swap it around much at all. I can leave it off until some special ride calls for it.

In the meantime, I have used an Indian pillion seat, with matching leather. I can't recall the price as I bought this with my previous RM in 2015. Special incantations were muttered and prices were blurred and deals were all around. 😊

I agree about the ride and handling. Also, it radically changes the look. Once the top box is off it also invites the idea of removing the panniers since they are amazingly quick and easy to just add or remove. A totally new look. The RM with top box minus panniers would probably look a little strange to my eyes, but once the box is off the panniers are on or off on a whim.
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Waz111
Photos please?  I'm keen on being able to "strip" the RM down for local rides … probably 90% on my riding.  Should be looking at a Springfield / Vintage perhaps.
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TeeGee
Sorry, my phone died and no pics of my setup at the moment.

I did find the parts at: https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/shop/accessories/seats-backrests/

You buy the "quick release passenger sissy bar" then select the backrest itself. I have chrome bar with the broad tan backrest. They seem to also make triangular-looking ones.

I do the same as you intend, stripping it down to as little as possible. Not even the panniers are on most of the time.

The quick release mechanism is a breeze -- same as the top-box minus the weight. For this reason you can, and probably should, remember to also insert a tiny security screw in the appropriate hole to prevent theft. It is easy to overlook - no-one is going to run far with a top-box, but this is a different story.

Also, one more thing just occurred. On my 2015 RM -- for which I bought this backrest -- it wouldn't fit. It was not the fault of the accessory and none of the Indian dealers indicated any problems, but it was.

For those with 2015 RMs, you can ask for a little "operation" to be made to the rear of the seat. There is a little too much hidden plastic for the backrest frame to fit into the seat, so after some poking around the Sydney (Ashfield) dealership found a solution in cutting back the plastic (which does not affect anything) and restitching the seat. Worked like a charm. Other dealerships may need to contact the Sydney one for the full story. This only affected 2015 RMs and was corrected in later models.

I recommend doing this. Removing the top-box is a great idea if you are not travelling, but then I often ride with my son so feel that I need the security of a pillion backrest. Dedicate another minute to unsnap the panniers for a different look altogether.

Sorry about no pics.
Hope that helps.
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V-Twin
If you are after the Indian factory passenger back rest and the pad, you can get them for AUD$905 in Australia (including shipping cost).  Much better than what Indian is asking for them in Australia.


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CHF10
When a whole two seater seat is, new from Indian is less than $700, this is disappointing. My passenger backrest was rolled into my purchase price thankfully or I probably wouldn't have gotten one. It sits on my shelf most of the time. Haha!
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Peter Davis
Waz111 wrote:
Photos please?  I'm keen on being able to "strip" the RM down for local rides … probably 90% on my riding.  Should be looking at a Springfield / Vintage perhaps.
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TeeGee
One of the great things about the fully-loaded RoadMaster is that it doesn't have to stay that way. Its a beast of many forms.

I have the pillion backrest, different windscreens (currently swapped over to the short one with the lip), highway bars, rider backrest, panniers often removed when the topbox is off, and so on. In summer I think the lower fairings will be off this year to improve airflow. Plus I like being able to slim down the beast and show off its "heritage" lines.

The great thing about this backrest is that the pillion -- who may be used to the full wrap-around feel of the top-box -- will still feel secure with the large pad support.

Let us know how you go.
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Washbrook
I leave my top box on all the time, reason, I mainly ride the Roadmaster with the wife up back and she loves her armchair.
Norman Hall [aka Washbrook]
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2017 Indian Roadmaster [Willow Green over Ivory Cream]
1999 Vulcan Drifter
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Doely
V-Twin wrote:
If you are after the Indian factory passenger back rest and the pad, you can get them for AUD$905 in Australia (including shipping cost).  Much better than what Indian is asking for them in Australia.


passenger-backrest.jpg 

  When i bought the 2018 RM i got the backrest set up for $825  fitted .Though that was a bit rich but evidently not . ðŸ˜
Cheers Ray
Gympie QLD😎
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V-Twin
Doely wrote:

  When i bought the 2018 RM i got the backrest set up for $825  fitted .Though that was a bit rich but evidently not . ÃƒÂ°Ã…¸ËœÂ
Glad they lowered their price.  My set cost me well over $1,000.  I think it was $1,200?
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Melbourne, Victoria
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DAVO
The back rest retails for $510, I paid about $450 for the back rest and $360 for the vinyl Rouge back rest pad, they sell the leather back rest pad for $330.
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JuanPoop
Anyone tried one of these?

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Backrest-Sissy-Bar-Luggage-Rack-W-For-Indian-Chief-Vintage-Classic-2014-2018/323797262010?hash=item4b63d21eba:g:6y0AAOSw6dhcGw6t

Looks like it is $680 (posted) with pad and luggage rack - from China.

The 12" Indian OEM set up is around $800 (incl pad, but not the rack) according to the website. 

Hmmm, not sure if the $120 saving offsets the questions around fit, quality and after sales service if any issues...

Any thoughts from those who have purchased or researched?

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Pacman
I wanted to remove the top box and use the backrest around town (daughter actually prefers it, other than the loss of speakers ðŸ˜), was $790 for the sissy bar and backrest a couple of weeks ago from Indian.  Much better handling around town without the top box.

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Cheers, Peter

Perth W.A.

2018 Roadmaster
IMRG # 101978
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TeeGee
Looks great!
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JuanPoop
It sure does look good.  Is that the 12" or 14" version Peter?

Also assume it is quick fit style?  Is that working well, as in - is it solid?

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Pacman
JuanPoop wrote:
It sure does look good.  Is that the 12" or 14" version Peter?

Also assume it is quick fit style?  Is that working well, as in - is it solid?


It is the 12", uses the same quick release system as the top box and is rock solid.  I have put the two locking screws in to prevent theft.  The back rest is a good size and slightly curved, our daughter (14 yo) says it is extremely comfortable.  The side rails provide an alternative for holding on rather than using the strap, has certainly reduced the amount of times she helmet butts me ðŸ˜„

Some more pics of front view etc.
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Cheers, Peter

Perth W.A.

2018 Roadmaster
IMRG # 101978
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JuanPoop
Thanks Peter, sorry it took me awhile to get back to you, but your pics are very helpful.  It looks like the go for me. 

I appreciate the post.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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JuanPoop
Pacman wrote:


It is the 12", uses the same quick release system as the top box and is rock solid.  I have put the two locking screws in to prevent theft.  The back rest is a good size and slightly curved, our daughter (14 yo) says it is extremely comfortable.  The side rails provide an alternative for holding on rather than using the strap, has certainly reduced the amount of times she helmet butts me Ã°Å¸Ëœâ€ž

Some more pics of front view etc.
 


One more dumb-ass question.  I assume this setup will all fit the Springfield (as well as the RM)?
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aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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David
Hi John,

I have fitted the RM seat plus sissy bar to my 2017 Springfield.
2017 Indian Springfield
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JuanPoop
Thanks David,

I thought there wouldn't be as problem, but good to be sure.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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David
JuanPoop wrote:
Thanks David,

I thought there wouldn't be as problem, but good to be sure.


John,

Just an after thought with fitting the the RM seat. There are actually 2 RM seats 1 older / 1 newer. They look exactly the same and have the same part No but the older seat has a metal band under the upholstery around the underside edge of the seat that makes it impossible to fit to the Springfield. If you run your fingers around the underside edge of the seat the metal bands starts about where the 3rd chrome stud is. The newer RM seat does not have this metal band and is the seat you want. I found out the hard way and was lucky that Indian Melbourne helped me out by swapping the seat for the newer one. Mention this so you don’t get caught like I did!
2017 Indian Springfield
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JuanPoop
Thanks David. I appreciate the follow up.

I am now looking at only fitting the passenger sissy bar to the existing SF seat, so I won’t have any seat fitting problems to worry about.
 

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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