There's nothing that you can compare to the adrenaline rush that comes every time you take your bike for a ride. The feel of the wind, the rumbling sound of the engine, and your insatiable need for speed.you almost feel like you're invisible. But what if your lady friend wants to ride along? Are you sure she'll feel the same way? Of course, you'd do anything to make her feel comfortable when she's riding along, so why not go the extra mile and install a sissy bar in your motorcycle? Also called a sister bar or a passenger backrest, this accessory will make any of your companions more comfortable and safe during the ride. And on lazy days when you just want to rest and recline your back, this accessory will definitely come in handy too.
- Rest - Sissy bars are primarily used as a backrest that the passenger or the driver of the motorcycle can use to recline his back.
- Balance - Some sissy bars are designed specifically to be held onto for balance.
- Anchor point - Aside from providing rest, sissy bars can also be used as an anchor point where you can securely attach your stuff. For instance, you can use to strap on backpacks, sleeping bags, camping gear, a spare helmet, etc.
- Mount - Some custom sissy bars available in the market can go as high as 3 feet. These are usually used for mounting novelty flags.
Most sissy bars are made of chrome-plated steel, making them strong, durable, and ready for the road.
If you want a more customized look, you can purchase other accessories for the sissy bar. You can buy a rear-cushioned seatback for added comfort and you can also get other accessories like backpacks or luggage racks for your cargo.
Depending on the type and brand that you are going to buy, you need to prepare around $100 to $250 to get a good sister bar for your bike.
Installing the Sissy Bar
Sissy bars are usually attached to the rear fender struts of a motorcycle. Here's a quick and basic guide that you can follow to install the part. Note that some of the steps provided below may not be applicable to your motorcycle.
Step 1: Prepare your motorcycle by parking it in a flat-level surface.
Step2: Depending on your ride, the sissy bar will be attached either to the shock bolts or the rear fender. If you have one that needs to be attached to the shocks, you need to loosen the nuts of the shocks but removing the shock absorber won't be necessary. On the other hand, if you have one that attaches to the rear fender, check if the fender already has pre-drilled holes. If it does, then you're good to go. If it doesn't, then you need to drill them yourself.
Step 3: Next, remove other obstructions to position the sissy bar in place. Secure it in place by tightening the shock absorber bolts or by fastening the rear fender mount.