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post #1 of 14 Old Oct 24th, 2011, 6:31 am Thread Starter
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The stock seat is bad.

After riding my first 1000 kilometers on the GTL, I find everything on the bike awesome, except the stock seat. It's hard and uncomfortable. I get sore after rifing for 2 hours straight. I never had that on the stock seat of my LT which was very comfortable even after 6 hours of riding.

What are the options of getting the seat any better, without shelling out 1000 USD for a Russell seat?
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post #2 of 14 Old Oct 24th, 2011, 9:10 am
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Try a AirHawk or get a custom seat I have done both. The Airhawk got me out of a jam when I was riding across the US and Canada. But a Russell All Day is a much better solution. You do not say what bike you have but I found the GT seats to be hard and the GTL seats to be too low.


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post #3 of 14 Old Oct 24th, 2011, 1:50 pm
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Re: The stock seat is bad.

Hi Surfman,
I have recently received my re-worked seats with gelastic pad inserts from Custom Motorcycle Seats who are based in Coventry in the UK.
They have re-worked seats for me before on other bikes and do high quality work backed up by a first class service - a lot of their customers are from the EU.
Their website is http://www.motorbike-seats.co.uk/ if you are interested.
They charged me £255 for re-working both the rider and passenger OE seats I supplied them with.
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I will post feedback once my wife and I have had a chance to rack up some decent miles on them.
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Hi Surfman,
I have recently received my re-worked seats with gelastic pad inserts from Custom Motorcycle Seats who are based in Coventry in the UK.
They have re-worked seats for me before on other bikes and do high quality work backed up by a first class service - a lot of their customers are from the EU.
Their website is http://www.motorbike-seats.co.uk/ if you are interested.
They charged me £255 for re-working both the rider and passenger OE seats I supplied them with.
Sorry about the poor quality photos.
I will post feedback once my wife and I have had a chance to rack up some decent miles on them.
Cheers,
Woody
Thanks for posting this as many of the seat posts are about manufacturers on the us side of the pond. These are of little help to riders on your side of the pond.


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Plus 1
Also I have an Airhawk & it works very good. I have done a few 800+ mile days with it.

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Plus 1
Also I have an Airhawk & it works very good. I have done a few 800+ mile days with it.
And the Airhawk is only a fraction of the cost of replacing the seat and can be installed and removed in short order.

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Re: The stock seat is bad.

Thanks for all your tips. I'll look into getting an Airhawk to ease the pain on the short term. Then, on my X-mas list goes the Russell seat.

Cheers guys!
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Plus 1
Also I have an Airhawk & it works very good. I have done a few 800+ mile days with it.
Hey Steve, what Airhawk model do you have? Don't see the GTL on their list.

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Hi Steve,

I have the same Air Hawk seat cover and find that it tends to squirm around. Does that mean I have too much air in it? Is your's attached or do you just let it sit on the seat? It seems like a good idea, but I haven't found the correct inflation.

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Hi Steve,

I have the same Air Hawk seat cover and find that it tends to squirm around. Does that mean I have too much air in it? Is your's attached or do you just let it sit on the seat? It seems like a good idea, but I haven't found the correct inflation.
Mine is attached by the 2 elastic straps that comes with the Airhark. I also noticed if I put in too much air I move around a lot. I air mine up then while setting on it I let a little air out at a time till it feels right & does not move too much. It does not take much air for mine to work right.

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After riding my first 1000 kilometers on the GTL, I find everything on the bike awesome, except the stock seat. It's hard and uncomfortable. I get sore after rifing for 2 hours straight. I never had that on the stock seat of my LT which was very comfortable even after 6 hours of riding.

What are the options of getting the seat any better, without shelling out 1000 USD for a Russell seat?
Do you have a tendency to slide forward like the 1300Gt or is it just too firm?
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Do you have a tendency to slide forward like the 1300Gt or is it just too firm?
I am not sliding around. It's just too firm.
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Nice information about seats..... I am also looking for my new BMW R1200GS

Look at the Sargent seats, I have one on the 2010 GSA and it is the most comfortable seat I have had on any bike. Great quality and great customer service!

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