I removed my backrest on my 650 today. It was much more comfortable being able to sit further away from the handlebars. I am able to carve up the corners more easily as if I was on a cruiser. I didnt realize how unrelaxed I was driving being closer to the console. I have a better view of the mirrors and dash by being a few more inches away. Now I have to find a place to make me a new seat cover, and gel insert. Im not handy when it comes to things like that. I wish I had taken off the backrest long time ago. I have to admit the holes are ugly and need to be covered.