I bought mine used from a forum member and it had PVC. I replace it using copper tubing. The thread used 1/2 tubing, I think mine was 3/4 that I had laying around and I used some rubber tubing as a spacer.
I think I'd try a different brand of backrest before getting rid of my scooter. That is unless I was just looking for an excuse to get a new scooter. Even the most expensive backrest is a lot cheaper than replacing a scooter.
Hate to point out the obvious but some times a bike can not be made to fit the rider or the rider to fit the bike. It happens. Hope you can figure it out.
I have arthritis starting to limit my back movement. My last MRI showed a shocking amount of back damage from a fast paced early life style. Jumping out of perfectly good air-o-planes when I was in my late teens - early 20's, repelling, climbing poles and trees and all three motor vehicle accidents add up.
Jarlaxle, if you know anyone with a Utopia backrest it would be great if you could try their scooter for a half an hour test ride. It's a $199 backrest and that's allot of money if it didn't help but next to nothing if it allowed you to ride your scooter. I've never heard anyone who bought one complain about the Utopia backrest.(aside from the price) I had one on my Burgman 400 and I transferred it to my Morphous when I sold the Burgman.
I have an aftermarket Back rest ,and have decided not to use it any more ,Last year i was sitting with my feet on the ground waiting for a train when a Car ran into the back of me , luckily I wasn't knocked off the Bike .But My back was soar and bruised which i feel was caused from the higher Back rest. I think if it would have been the original rest which is lower i wouldn't have experienced any of the above . But Then ya never Know ,I just Thank God I wasn't injured any worse.
These and all the modified "head rest" back rests are steel rods that are bent with some sort of thicker tube over them to fit the Burgmans holes. Bearcat used plastic tubes. I am sure there are some copper water pipes that would fit. Some of the other members made thier own with copper tubes.
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