Spaan Sissy Bar Review
So I was unsure if I want to get a sissy bar or rear rack for my Rebel 500 because I believe a lot of the ones I have seen just don't seem to look good on the Rebel.
The bike is small and some of the sissy bars just looked to big and kind of ruined the appeal of the bike for me. I thought about getting the one sissybar on ebay that really is only a tiny backrest that barely passes the passenger seat height, but decided it would likely be unusable.
So in the sissybar thread I saw a user had ordered one of these and I liked the way it looked, so after doing some research on it I ordered it.
Choices- The Spaan Bar has multiple options available. Two different heights, with or without rear rack. And there are actually even two different rear racks to choose from.
Not Bulky- The mounting brackets are flat. I really prefer this over the tube steel design of some of the other sissy bars.
Size- Having the option of the lower backrest made me feel like it would look better on the bike for my taste. And not so low that it would be unusable.
Fit- The design of the seat with rear rack is perfect for the Rebel. The rack extends over the rear "Brick" And actually makes the brick look a lot better on the bike. I didn't need to do anything special to install it. It fit perfectly.
Bolts-If you are trying to get something to match the bike the bolts will kind of kill it. I bought the all black set up, but the bolts are still stainless steel. So I went out and bought new replacement bolts for it to keep it all black. I am not sure why they wouldn't include matching bolts.
Seat pad- The rear seat bad is ok. But it is quite underwhelming when you consider this is one of the more expensive backrests for the bike. The cushion inside doesn't seem to be very evenly installed and makes the cushion look kind of bumpy. Could have done a better job on this.
Dealers/Price- There are not many dealers for this sissy bar. And the company who makes it is a bit slow to respond. The only good part about this, the dealer I ordered from (europcustom) was easy to deal with and shipped fast.
Overall I am very happy with this rear setup. It was easy to install and looks very good in my opinion. I may try to find someone to remake the backrest pad so that it matches my seat. Shipping time was only 1 week to the USA.