My wife makes an excellent backrest when we are 2-up, but when I'm solo the Utopia is so easy to install and remove, plus an excellent backrest, even though it doesn't massage me when my neck gets stiff. Buy one of the CrisCo pull-pins, and it's on or off in less than a minute. Wife sez the remaining bracket is not noticed by her.
A backrest makes it more difficult for both riders to get on. Yes you can fold it down. I prefer no backrest. I am in the minority here. But then I also don't care for passanger arm rest, Christmas lights, flags, rings of fire, or extra chrome.
Definately the Utopia, my wife always complained about the bars that mount the backrests to the bike, since I got the Utopia she loves it. Her legs no longer get sore from rubbin in the bars since there are no bars, and the backrest dont get in her way at all, and while we are drivin if I want a little adjustment I lean forward a bit and she adjusts the screw and changes the angle a bit on the backrest. Love it all the way around. You wont go wrong with the Utopia.
Utopia, the SO likes it, flip it down, she swings her right leg over and off. To get on she stands on the passenger foot rest put her right foot over the seat and nothing is in her way when we ride, if it keeps her happy...........I'm good!
Again, the Utopia. I got mine via Fed Ex on Tuesday afternoon of last week and come Tuesday evening was out on a ride trying it out. Makes me wonder why they are not standard equipment. The nice thing about them is that look like OEM once they are mounted.