On a ride
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Came across a comment from someone noting a downside to riding with a backrest is the increased chance of injury if in an accident. For example... if rear-ended. Or how it can mess with your back in any kind of get off.
Hmmmm. Had never heard this. Then I started thinking if rear-ended, what if you went shooting back into your top case, sissy bar, or the vehicle that hit you.
Any persepective, thoughts, or experience?
I don't know, if I spend so much time worrying about what is and isn't dangerous about riding, I'd probably lock myself in the house and never leave.
I've been riding for over 45 years. Had a couple of OhOh's, but I'm still riding. I don't wear one of those day-glo dork vests so EVERYONE can see me, don't wear full leathers so I won't get bruised. Don't have a 1,000 dollar full faced helmet, usually don't wear boots. I try to be aware of cars. BUT mostly I ENJOY. Constant worry only detracts from the experience.
In my opinion, Steve, will it cause more of an injury if rear ended?
The ones I've seen are pretty rigid regarding backwards movement, and in reality, I'd rather hit a padded backrest then slide all the way back, and hit a chrome sissybar, or none at all, being dumped into the license plate/mount. Especially a billet plate bracket, which is stronger then stock and can have sharp edges.
Being hit behind on a motorcycle is one of the most vulnerable accidents a rider will ever be in, because in most cases, the rider never sees it coming, unless he hears the screaching tires, if the car is braking at all.
This means a lax grip on the handlebars and no bracing or preparation for the impact at all.
With a surprize impact, the rider will have the bike slammed out from under him, rider going backwards and striking the offending car and anything under him/her along the way.
I would almost prefer a backrest if it meant possibly NOT being injured more, or flipping over back onto a car.