Sissy Bar Buying Guide for Harleys 2013

By Glenn Zetterquist (Zee331)
Sissy Bar Buying Guide for Harleys 2013

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Sissy Bars

Sissy bars (a.k.a. sister bars or passenger backrests) are offered by a number of brands and offer greater confort for long distance riding. Each brand has its own benefits for instance Cobra sissy bars are normally sold as a complete kit including the mounting brackets, upright, and pad. All other brands sell these parts seperately in order to ensure bike fitment.

The top brands for sissy bars include:
- Cobra - National Cycle - Kuryakyn - Highway Hawk - WeRev

The video will detail some of the specifics each brand excells at. Driver backrests are also available to complement sissy bars from additional brands like WeRev and Bakup.

Buying a Sissy Bar

Make sure your order includes all the parts needed to fit your bike:
1. Model specific mounting brackets
2. Backrest Upright (normally in low, standard, and high options)
3. Backrest Pad (various sizes are usually available)

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Sissybars / passenger backrests come in two mounting styles: Hard Mount or Quick Release:
- Hard Mount
* Cobra,  Kuryakyn, Highway Hawk, WeRev
- Quick Release
* National Cycle, Kuryakyn, WeRev

Fitment

Keep in mind sissy bars are designed to fit stock bikes, if you are adding multiple accessories or already have some on your bike the sissy bar may not fit with them or may require special mounting hardware (for instance if you if you have saddle bags or a luggage rack). The only way to know for sure is to either select a sissy bar designed to work with your existing accessories or just try it out. Often a manufacturer will design a sissy bar to work with a specific luggage rack they make, but you can always call Cruiser Customizing if you have questions or concerns.

Other related accessories

Luggage Racks

A luggage rack is a helpful item when traveling and adding a luggage rack to your sissybar is simple if your keep one thing in mind...
**Manufacturer Is Key! - If you have a "X" brand backrest, you will need an "X" brand luggage rack!

Driver Backrests

Most driver backresets are make model specific and some will only work if you have an OEM or stock factory seat. When shopping for drivers backrests, look to see if they mount to the fender, seat, or side rails / fender rails of your motorcycle. If it mounts to your fender rail, will it utilize the same bolts as your sissbyar / luggage rack or saddlebags? Mixing manufactures and stacking accessories can give you an unique look and ultimate comfort, but often times they do not play well together. If possible, limite the number of brands and choose coordinating items.

The top brands for driver backrests include:
- WeRev - Bakup - Cobra - National Cycle - Kuryakyn - Highway Hawk