Yamaha 1600/1700 Roadstar Installation Instructions
1. Remove seat assmbly
2. Seperate the passenger and drivers seats
3. Place supplied bracket over the drivers seat and reconnect the seats using supplied bolts
4. Reinstall seat assembly
5. Slide backrest into bracket Ride Safe!
(If backrest is loose simply wrap a piece of electrical tape around the tongue)
Bought a 2011 Road Star 1700 Silverado S in May, 2020, fairly low miles, GREAT bike. Previous owner had added Mustang seats without the backrest option. If you're familiar with them, you can't just add one from Mustang if it isn't made for it. Came across the Grasshopper and very glad I did. Good stuff. Ordered on a Friday and it delivered the following Monday in Tennessee, amazing service. Not hard to install the bracket other than the Mustang driver and passenger seats bolt together on the Road Star models, so they go on and off the bike as one piece. A little hard to get them pressed together tightly enough to get the bracket mounted doing it alone, but not too bad. Instructions mention putting a piece of electrical tape on the tongue portion where it fits into the bracket piece if it's a loose fit. I wrapped a little heavy and used a rag to cover the metal tab and tapped it into the slot with a hammer for a secure fit since I won't be taking it on and off all the time. Perfect. Like the way the stem has a little spring to it, so when you lean back a little more it's not hard pressure on your back. Actually a better feel than a Mustang backrest on another bike I had. The pad appearance is just about identical to the Mustang seats covering in color, "grain" texture, and stitching. Does not look like a scabbed-on aftermarket item, looks like it belongs there. Nice thick pad also. Hugely impressed that the Grasshopper folks would not only make a backrest for the stock Road Star seats, but for the Mustangs also for that model. Nice job folks, You made a great bike even greater with a lot more comfortable ride. Very, very pleased!
Easy to install, and fairly comfortable, but the mounting bracket is not very strong. It bends easily if you lean back on it while riding. I had to bend it back to it's original position several times. I now try not to lean against it too much, which lessons the usefulness of it, to me anyway