A sissy bar is a metal or stainless-steel accessory fitted to the backside of a motorcycle. Its smaller version was a common feature among motorbikes in the '60s and '70s. It's typically attached to the banana seat, but it's secured to the frame and the rear fender strut of cruiser-style bikes. While it can be fixed in place, detachable versions are also available.
Shops offer anything from 3-foot-tall old school sissy bars to inverted U-shaped steel hoops. Are you thinking of having one? Here are 3 of its main functions.
It Supports People
Also called a backrest, it supports riders and serves as a handhold. Some are particularly modeled to be held onto for balance while others have a moderate height that allows riders to lean onto them. It can even come with a leather pad for extra comfort.
It Holds Your Belongings
It can be utilized as an anchor point where people can attach their personal effects. Riders use one to fasten helmets, utility bags, and even backpacks. The following specific luggage is designed to attach to the rods and comes with accessible compartments for water bottles, umbrellas, and other items:
- Saddlebags are made of polyester, nylon, leather, or other synthetic fibers. They resemble horse saddlebags, except they fit the sides of your bike.
- Tank bags are smaller and can carry only the essentials. Most of them are water resistant or come with a rain cover.
- Tail bags can be used as a stand-alone accessory or as part of a luggage system that may include the previous types. Some prefer a compact model that doesn't get in the way when they're driving or filling the tank.
It Boosts Your Style
It also offers a boost in style and gives balance to the overall appearance. Models come in different sizes and can even be personalized. There are options that provide additional safety features such as LED turn signals and taillight blinkers, which are useful when driving at night. You can also have one made with a crown or trident on its tip. Some custom rods can go as high as 2 to 3 feet and may be used to mount flags.
If you're interested in having a sissy bar for your motorbike, look for a trusted manufacturer near you. The cost depends on the brand and extent of modifications you're going for. Remember these 3 features when you have yours customized.