No, the backrest comes black but mine was recovered as soon as it come in the mail. Yes the bracket stays in between the seats but doesnt stick up above the seat.Hey, your bike is cool I like the upholstery. Is that original? I also like that you put the back rest on the back seat. Makes the bike look complete. One question about the backrest. If you remove it does it leave a bracket or anything else sticking up between the seats?