The Bull Dog Gets Two | Touring Seat and Sissy Bar Install - Hot Bike Baggers Magazine
01. Here is the Bulldog in need of some touring comfort. The stock seat is comfortable but doesn't offer much for the passenger.
02. Shown here is the new BDM/Mustang Touring Seat. It's the ideal cross-country seat with a wide, deep pocket and great riding angle, and includes the removable driver backrest. Also shown is the BDM Touring Backrest Assembly for passenger comfort. The kit includes a large backrest pad, a BDM backrest mounting plate, a backrest bar, side plates, and all the necessary mounting hardware.
03. Once we removed the seat's single bolt in the rear and the hook and loop strap from its nose, it was removed from the bike. Here is a look at the two seats. The stock seat (right) has a much thinner passenger area compared to the new BDM touring seat (left)
04. To get started, Nolan disconnected the wires for the taillights in the saddlebags. These plugs are located under the battery box. He then removed the mounting hardware inside the bags. There are four bolts on each side that line up with the fender supports.
05. Once the bags were removed, we could see the mounting cover plate we needed to remove (arrow). This is where the new BDM side plates would mount.
06. Each of the mounting bolts were treated to blue thread locker before installation.
07. The mounting plates were then bolted to the fender struts.
08. Once both plates were in place, Nolan installed the backrest bar into the top of the support plates.
09. Next, the setscrews were installed with blue threadlocker to hold the backrest bar to the mounting plates.
10. The kit comes with a large back pad that Nolan installed using the four mounting screws.
11. Next the BDM/Mustang Touring seat was installed by placing the seat nose up to the rear of the gas tank along the frame mount, then bolting the rear seat mount to the fender mount.
12. Nolan installed the rider backrest into the seat by pulling up the cover to the built-in tab mount. The driver backrest features height and angle adjustments to accommodate most rider's size and comfort.
15. ...and low
16. We reinstalled the bags and now the Bulldog is ready for that ideal cross-country trip with lots of comfort.
We have been enjoying all the ride time we have been getting on the Big Dog Bulldog, the true alpha dog in the Big Dog lineup. The more seat time we rack up, the more we notice the need for some passenger comfort as well. It seemed that on every trip we took, we were either meeting someone who just needed a ride or found someone who wanted to come along. We needed to find a way to get more comfort for the long seat time. The Bulldog comes with a two-up stock seat which is great for the rider with its deep pocket and narrow sides that allow the rider's feet to sit flat on the ground at every stop. However, it's not so great for the passenger. There is a pad, but it's just not very big and tapers pretty thin to the back. Also a backrest seemed to be what every passenger asked for.
So we called up Big Dog in Wichita, Kansas, to see what was available for us to try. By the end of the phone call we had the new two-up Mustang Touring Seat with built-in rider backrest bracket and a BDM Touring Backrest Assembly on its way. All the parts were shipped out to Horn Cycle Works in Pomona, California, to do the install. We should point out that while this can be a do-it-at-home job, there is some mild electrical work due to the lights in the saddlebags. However, most guys can do this in about two hours with basic tools.
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BDM Touring Seat
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