Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums > Harley Davidson Motorcycles > Softail Models
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Softail Models Standard, Custom, Night Train, Deuce, Springer, Heritage, Fatboy, Deluxe, Rocker and Cross Bones.

Is there any harm in...?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-05-2013, 04:49 PM
JRL1164 JRL1164 is offline
One Of The Regulars
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southeast Georgia
Posts: 247
Default Is there any harm in...?

Is there any harm in removing the plastic protective cover under the passenger seat? The mrs does occasionally like to ride but I'm wanting the solo look but dunno if I should leave it on and get a fender bib or if I'm safe and just removing it. I'm concern with the passenger seat rubbing the fender if I take it off. 2011 Heritage by the way.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 05:58 PM
Motown Strag Motown Strag is offline
Road Warrior
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Detroit
Posts: 1,566

Anything that rubs the bare fender will eventually leave some type of mark. You could probably rub it out with a little compound but it depends on how long you go like this. Even though the seat is vinyl wrapped with felt on the bottom its the movement that causes the problem. The more you wife shifts side to side the faster it will wear down the clear.

That being said I have mine off becasue I ride solo 99% of the time and haven't had issues with the occasional pillion use.

Hog Deluxe makes a bib that covers the whole plastic protector sticker but allot of guys have been having trouble with them lately.

Any competent custom leather guy could make one, try Timberwolf Leather if you don't want to chance Hog Deluxe. Just call and tell him you want a full coverage bib and maybe give him dimensions.
2005 Deluxe - 98 Big bore kit, HQ575 cams, TTS, Shotgun Shock Rr / Progressive Frt, Burley 1 1/4 beach bars, DNA Fat Spoke / SS brake rotors, Ness Retro footboards, Billet calipers, HD low pro console, HD Stainless cables, LED signal/brake conversion with strobe, LePera custom, Fig Eng. A/C, Samson mini cholos, Adjure with HID headlamp and a little chrome here and there etc...

Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:03 PM
08Nighttrain's Avatar
08Nighttrain 08Nighttrain is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,122

If you take the sticker off and use a pillion even with nice felt under it it gets tiny particles of sand and dirt in the felt when riding that rub and becomes sandpaper you will have scratches. So leave it on and cover it with a bib or go permanently solo. You know your wife would like her own bike anyway.
Lots of goodies-But not done yet!
Love your freedom because it wasnt free!
82nd Airborne Ft. Bragg 90-94
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:06 PM
Hogpro's Avatar
Hogpro Hogpro is online now
Premium Sponsor
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 9,577
Send a message via AIM to Hogpro

I took mine off as I ran a solo seat on the softail and got a fender bib. Never did put the 2 up seat back on, but if I was going to I would have left the bib to protect the fender. A lot of it really has to do with how particular you are about your bike.

It is there for a reason though.
Like HogPro on Facebook
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:09 PM
soft 02's Avatar
soft 02 soft 02 is offline
Big Kahuna HDF Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Luis Obispo
Posts: 34,759

Took mine off. Hardly ever ride 2 up anymore.

07 FXST Bored n stroked
by Kirby at Vee Twin racing!
66 triumph tiger DOA
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:23 PM
NativeTexican's Avatar
NativeTexican NativeTexican is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Republic of Tejas
Posts: 640

I just use a solo seat and left the plastic protector on the fender. I have been figuring I would jsut take it off so of the 32k miles on my bike less than 100 where two up. I am already thinking about painting my bike any way.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:24 PM
kraydog's Avatar
kraydog kraydog is offline
One Of The Regulars
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: baltimore maryland
Posts: 239
Send a message via AIM to kraydog

Took mine off 09 Deluxe along time ago and just put a microfiber cloth under the seat when we ride two up.Seems to holdup well,and the seat is off most of the time anyway.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2013, 06:42 PM
JRL1164 JRL1164 is offline
One Of The Regulars
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southeast Georgia
Posts: 247

Thanks guys I think I'm gonna go with a fender bib I looked around and I like the one Timberwolf offers. They got one that matches my bags pretty well. I took the passenger seat off to have a look and after a good cleaning I can start to see where it's rubbing on the clear coat so I can use the fender bib to help cover that up.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 03:10 AM
dyolfknip's Avatar
dyolfknip dyolfknip is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Canadian in Germany
Posts: 944

I took mine off and went with a solo seat because the OL rides anyway. I then decided to do a 500 km trip with a back pack on my sissy bar. The back pack rubbed the **** out of my rear fender. I used 3M Scratch Remover kit and it worked flawlessly....even took out the rub marks on the edges where the stock two up sat....

Wrapped Hooker Fourbidden
Figure Machine Vision AC
LaBriola Jockey Shift
Shotgun Shock
Fully internal LA Choppers 13.5" TreeHugger Apes
Grip Ace for switch delete
Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 05:28 AM
hdgzr's Avatar
hdgzr hdgzr is offline
Elite HDF Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Green Country
Posts: 4,140

I've got an '11 Heritage also. My passenger seat left marks on my fender outside of the area protected by the 3M film. I just took the film off and rubbed out the scratches since I ride solo most of the time. When I do use the seat, I put either a bib, microfiber towel, or clean piece of chamois under it. Seems to work just fine...
Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 05:28 AM

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fender reflectors Removable? pkrface Tri Glide & Freewheeler Models 5 09-01-2013 03:43 PM
Removing reflectors dimefan Softail Models 18 06-30-2012 04:12 AM
Bib instead of tape on rear fender okay? jbg Softail Models 10 05-18-2011 10:46 PM
Riding Fenderless J-Train General Harley Davidson Chat 37 05-06-2010 07:47 AM
Heritage softail solo? Kentp Softail Models 11 10-03-2007 11:03 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join HDForums

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:31 PM.

© Internet Brands, Inc.