It’s finally time to get a sissy bar!
To be 100% honest, I’m getting tired of carrying around my backpack everywhere I go, especially now that the weather is warming up and I’m taking longer 300+ mile day trips. I also don’t like relying on other people to carry my stuff for me (convenient since I just broke up with my boyfriend who had saddle bags on his Street Glide), so I decided to start looking for a sissy bar.
Since I can’t afford a custom sissy bar, à la Ria the Welder on IG, I decided to take my search online.
The first sissy bar that drew my interest was the Burley Brand “Tall” Sissy Bar for sportsters:
Available at Get Lowered for $229.45
I have no use for the pad on the sissy bar, but it looks like a decent height to strap a backpack and it’s simple.
But while browsing the rest of the Get Lowered site, I saw another brand with a nearly identical size sissy bar for about $100 cheaper.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Gasbox Bolt-on Sissy bar for sportsters:
From Get Lowered for $159.95
Now I’m no expert on fabricating sissy bars, but the only difference I see between the two are the mounting side plates (that are more minimal in the Burley Brand bar) and the pad. Am I going to pay an extra $100 for that? Hell no. So I went with the Gasbox bar.
Installation was a bit of a pain in the ass since I don’t have a lift, but it was an easy install otherwise (no major tools or bursts of strength needed).
I followed the instructions on the Low Brow Customs page, where they installed the same sissy bar.
- Flat head screw driver
- 3/8 drive ratchet
- T40 Torx bit
- 5/16 allen key
- 1/2 inch wrench
- The orange casing for your turn signals get in the way of removing the screws, so use a flat head screw drive to pop those off.
- Use a 3/8 drive ratchet and a T40 Torx bit to remove the rear screw (don’t lose the bracket at the back of the screw!).
- Do the same thing with the front screw, just use a 1/2 inch wrench to remove the nut on the back.
- this is the pain in the ass part if you don’t have a lift because the amount of space you have is slim. Luckily my little fingers were able to get the job done.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Line up the sissy bar to the holes on the strut covers
- Use the provided longer screws to install
- 2 are slightly longer, so use those on the front
- use a 5/16 allen key to install the screws
- don’t forget the bracket and nuts
- Pop the orange casing on your turn signals back on
Here’s the finished product:
I’ll do a full review on the sissy bar after I strap on a few different size bags on it, test out different kind of straps, and take it on long trips (which should be in June and July when I go motocamping!).