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post #1 of 14 Old Apr 15th, 2007, 9:07 am Thread Starter
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The seat makes all the difference

Here are my dimensions for a baseline. 5'8" and 225 lbs. 31" inseam. The stock seat has been fine so long as I don't ride over 200 miles or 3 hours at a time. Then I get a real pain in the a$$ and it seems like I am sitting on my hip bones. I finally went for a ride on my newly modified seat. Oh what a difference!! I immediately could not feel the pain spots that had always reminded me where it was going to hurt. I only went for a 2 hour ride but WOW, This is the way a premium seat should feel on a premium bike. I fell in love all over again with this bike. I had the local upholstery guy who rides a old "R" bike try to make this thing feel more like my old wing seat. That old thing is comfortable for 700+ miles at a shot. My guy brought the seat back to me last week but I didn't have any weather cooperation to try it out until yesterday. Here is what he did to the seat. He firmed it up and flattened it out where I sit. Then he narrowed up the front so that I could still reach the ground. Then he added some foam to the back of the seat to push me a little further forward to help relax my arms while riding. The seat now cradles me but does not have that crowned sensation. He then flattened out the passenger seat and put a layer of slightly denser foam on the top. Recover to fit and it feels much better to the S.O. She has not had a chance to ride yet but is getting itchy to try it out. I was lucky enough to have my local dealer provide me with a heated corbin seat to use while my stock seat was getting modified. They said I could purchase it if I liked it. The seat was great, but just not the fit I needed. I could barely touch the ground and I thought it was just a bit too firm for me. I returned the corbin to my dealer yesterday. If anybody is looking for a very slightly used corbin drivers seat the dealer would be willing to part with it for $200 us. Let me know and I can give you the dealers name/number. I am waiting for the first full day ride on my new seat. Ahhhhhhhh

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post #2 of 14 Old Apr 15th, 2007, 9:21 am
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I have been considering the same thing. Sounds like it worked out great for you. Just need to find someone to do it right. That is nice your dealer let you borrow a seat. My kind of shop. Glad you are riding in comfort now.

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People can talk all they want about *Farkles but a bike without a comfortable seat is a PITA!

on my 3 seat now.... 1. New custom Russell, 2. Corbin, *Great comfort but could not touch the ground much 3, Now lower Corbin so I can touch the ground easily!

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Yes, the seat is the most important part of the bike. Without a good seat, the rest will not impress you enough to make up for it. My Yamaha Venture was the only bike I ever bought and did not change the seat. It was made to ride in. I've been thinking about asking my local boot/saddle maker if he could revamp my seat. They certainly aren't made for comfort and I have a 34" inseam and I'm 6' tall. I can flatfoot in any position. I wish Mustang made a seat for this bike. They make great seats.......

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Roger that on the Yamaha Venture.
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Roger that on the Yamaha Venture.
I also agree. My 84 I loved it just the way it was. SO liked the sheep skin. On the LT I like the sheep skin also. Try it on longer hauls. It may do just as good as getting a new seat.

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The stock seat does stink -- I just did 2 day of just over 1000 miles and my butt was killing me. I need to look for an aftermarket seat-- what have others purchased, and what do you like and dislike about the seat you got?? I've got another couple of day rides, one of over 1200 miles and one at about 900 miles ( these rides are part of a trip). I wish there was something I could do with a quick turnaround -- I don't like the fact of sending in my seat and then waiting a few weeks to get it back, I may just have to wait until the riding season is over and then do something about a new seat.
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post #8 of 14 Old Aug 17th, 2007, 10:41 pm
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Barney,
Janesville isn't too far from where I live. I'd be interested in talking with your upholstery guy or trying out the Corbin.

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Before I invest in a new seat I am trying all other options and here is one that so far is working pretty well; Bead Rider on the seat and bicycle riding pants with built in pads on me. Again so far this combination is working great on my stock 05 seat.
Bead Rider 45
Bike shorts 30
Total $75
My wife thinks the bike shorts are sexy so added bonus after a ride.
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I have my Corbin LOW heated seat for sale - as I have sold my LT.
Asking $225.00 and it is in excellent cond. Made all the difference in the world being able to touch ground flat footed and get out of the wind buffetting.

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Just had my seat rebuilt by Rich's in Seattle. Fantastic! I still wonder how anyone at BMW could sit on a convex seat with a convex ass...jus' don' make no sense to me.

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Here is what he did to the seat. He firmed it up and flattened it out where I sit. Then he narrowed up the front so that I could still reach the ground. Then he added some foam to the back of the seat to push me a little further forward to help relax my arms while riding. The seat now cradles me but does not have that crowned sensation. He then flattened out the passenger seat and put a layer of slightly denser foam on the top. Recover to fit and it feels much better to the S.O.
Hi,

I have the same problem with you and want to lower the seat.
If you don't mind, could you please take a picture of the seat and submit it in this forum.
I read several times that some people also wanted to lower their seat, especially for short people like me (5'7").

Thanks a lot
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Re: The seat makes all the difference

I bit the bullet and had Russel build me a saddle. That is by far the best money I have ever spent on a street bike. My wife and I used to try and do 600 mile days on our annual trips, and by day 3 we could barely do 200.

With the Russel, I can get on the bike day after day from dusk to dark, and not even feel like I rode the day before. The rider backrest is definitely a worthwhile addition as well. The whole deal was about $1,200.00 - and I will do it again the FIRST winter after picking up a new bike. The 4 week turn around is a bummer, so plan ahead if you go this route.
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