After two years of riding around on the stock seat on his 2010 Street Glide, our friend Kyle was ready to ditch the overstuffed pillow for something a little sleeker and better looking. He wanted a seat with a thinner profile and a deeper seat pocket to get more of that in-the-bike feel. Kyle still wanted a two-up seat for when his girl rides with him and after searching several seat manufactures he found the Predator 2-up seat from Drag Specialties to be what he was looking for.
Many people may not realize that the parts distribution behemoth has a line of seats, but since 1972 Drag Specialties has been making seats in the USA for Harleys and custom V-twins. With many styles and custom touches like flame patterns and colored stitching, Drag has a seat for just about any one. The Predator 2-up Seat ($314.95) that Kyle chose features Solar-reflective leather in the seating area and automotive-grade vinyl on the sides. The patented process on the Solar-reflective material helps to reduce surface temperature from direct sunlight. According to Drag, the material can reduce the temperature by as much as 25 degrees. The Solar-reflective leather also aids in longer seat life and durability. The seat also features molded polyurethane foam atop a 3/16-inch ABS thermoformed base. Drag offers the seat in three different styles, Flame Stitch, Mild Stitch, and Smooth. Kyle opted for the smooth. Aside from seats, Drag also offers a line of backrests and its EZ Glide Backrest system. Drag has a variety of Backrests pad sizes and styles and EZ Glide kits for stock seats as well as its own line of seats. We picked up an EZ Glide II Kit for our 2005 Road Glide.
1. The stock seat does a good job of providing support and cushion for long trips but it's just not very appealing in the looks department. Kyle felt it was too thick and bulky looking.
2. As you can see, the Drag seat has a much thinner profile overall. It also has a deeper seat pocket. Kyle liked the clean and simple lines of the Smooth Predator seat and he also liked that there was plenty of padding in the passenger seating area to keep his girl happy.
3. Installation was a breeze. Kyle simply removed the stock grab strap and the seat, then slipped the new seat into position and secured it in place with the screw.
4. Upon testing the new seat, Kyle noticed that he was sitting about 1 inch lower. He also felt like he was in the bike and not on top of it. The seat pocket was comfortable and even though there was less padding than the stock seat, after a long road trip Kyle said the new seat had plenty of padding to keep him comfortable the entire ride.
5. Here's the EZ Glide II Backrest ($159.95) we got to use with the stock seat on our 2005 Road Glide. The EZ Glide Backrest features the same Solar-Reflective leather found on the seat. The pad measures 9 inches wide and 5-1/4 inches tall. The chrome mount for the pad has three upper and three lower detents for height adjustability. In order to use the backrest we had to get the EZ Glide Frame Mount Kit as well. The Frame mount kit came with all the necessary hardware for installation.
6. The stock seat has a slit in it just behind the rider's seat pocket to allow for a backrest to slip in and out.
7. To install the Frame Mount kit ($59.95) we had to remove the seat and disconnect/remove the battery. We bolted the lower bracket to the frame cross member with the provided hardware. The battery has to come out so you can gain access to the underside of the cross member when securing the bracket.
8. We then removed the two flange nuts on the solo seat studs.
9. The receiver bracket was then placed over the solo seat studs and the flange nuts were used to secure it in place. We then secured the two mounts together with the center strap and installation of the Frame Mount Kit was complete.
10. We reinstalled the battery and then seat. This is the backrest in the lowest position. The three detents on the bottom of the chrome backrest mount allow you to raise or lower the entire backrest, while the three detents at the top (hidden by the pad) allow you to just raise or lower the pad.
11. Aside from height adjustability the backside of the chrome backrest mount has a thumbscrew that allows you to tilt the pad forward. Installing the Frame Mount kit took about 10 minutes and now we can quickly and easily install or remove the backrest whenever we want. The backrest has made long trips more enjoyable with less stress on the back.
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