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OK guys, does anyone know of a seat builder in Australia ? Surely someone must be into this aftermarket thing, this shipping to the US, waiting, shipping back, then listening to the good, then the bad, all getting too much I think. There must be some easier solution. My stock '05 seat and my arse do not appear to like each other, and that's going to be a big problem for the owner (of the arse) in September when we head down the road for a ride across the Nullarbor. I will need an aspirin dispenser mounted where the cup holder fits if I can't improve this seat ! I wonder is the German underside anatomy totally different to all others ?
 

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I found 2 via google, I'm sure there are more.
C&C Motorcycle Seats
or http://www.acmseats.com.au/

They make custom seats for Harley's but maybe they can do something for you?

cheers, Greg
 

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OK guys, does anyone know of a seat builder in Australia ? Surely someone must be into this aftermarket thing, this shipping to the US, waiting, shipping back, then listening to the good, then the bad, all getting too much I think. There must be some easier solution. My stock '05 seat and my arse do not appear to like each other, and that's going to be a big problem for the owner (of the arse) in September when we head down the road for a ride across the Nullarbor. I will need an aspirin dispenser mounted where the cup holder fits if I can't improve this seat ! I wonder is the German underside anatomy totally different to all others ?
Hi Dennis - I have a 2010 RT and have tried a number of local options to try and get it right. I spent a lot of money and wasn't really happy with any of the results. In the end, I bit the bullet and got a Russell Day-Long. It was a bit of mucking around, but I wish that I had done it at the beginning. I recently returned from riding round Tassie for a month with my wife - on the way to and from, we put in a few 6-7 hour days stopping every 2-3 hours and felt fine at the end of the day - not possible with the standard seat for us.

Hope you get what your after

Rob
 

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Thanks Rob, yes, I'm thinking I'm just going to have to park the bike up for the required time and send the seat for customising. I've sent off an email inquiry with my details and other info, but haven't yet received a reply. I think they are coming into the busy time in the US. Hope you enjoyed Tassie, most want to return and have a second tour, I usually suggest late Feb early March as the most settled weather. Happy to provide local info should you need it, Cheers, Dennis.
 

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We had a ball in Tassie - would like to get back some time as there were a few things that we didn't get to.

With regard to the seat, I bought a second hand riders seat from Beemer Boneyard and had them send it to Russell (this was cheaper than posting my seat over). I could not get hold of a second hand pillion seat, so I sent ours over (this kept me on the road - the bike is my only form of transport). Once they got both seats it did not take too long to get here - only a couple of weeks from memory. For what its worth, I got the vinyl cover because of low maintenance, but I have found it a bit too slippery and wish that I had spent the extra and got leather. Also, I am 183cm and in the search for long distance comfort I put on an Ilium peg powering ket and Ilium bar baks - these definitely made it more comfortable. With the new seat, and after a fair bit of road time in Tassie I have removed the bar baks and gone back to standard pegs (better corning clearance) - I now find it very comfortable. In hindsight, I should have done the seat first and saved myself a lot coin.
 

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I did a similar hunt around for a local seat rebuilder, but couldn't find anyone that had experience with the LT seat. Not wanting to be a guinea-pig, I did the same.... as you know...
Maybe some leads you could test in this thread, and some more info on my process here (including comparison pics of the seats).
Hard decision, eh... except for the fact that you NEED to do it! ;)
 

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G'day my turn around was about 7 weeks it took 7 days to get there but 21 to come back and 2 weeks for the build as others have said, I have vinyl sides with leather insert, the seat was 563.00 us and freight was $100 each way. 27/7/2011
 

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Thanks Linton, I take it you are happy with the end result ? Not cheap, but more of a concern to me is the time for return freight and still the cost is the same as the faster service to the US from Aust. Never seems to make sense, I can't help but think we are getting done on the USPS rates. I may be able to borrow a stock seat from an '03 but I'm not certain it will fit properly on my '05. I'll make it work though I guess, 7 weeks looking at the bike without a seat isn't good for the soul.
 

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Dennis I am happy with the seat it is very different to sit on but I think after trying all the seats, the only one I have not sat on is corbin, to date my original 2002 seat was just as good. my back surgeries have left me with bad sciatic pain down my left side if it weren't for that i think I would still be on my 02 seat, but hey I am planning another 100k on this so Il let you later :D probably would have had to replace a worn out seat at some time
 

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Thanks for that Linton, I too have some issues with range in my left leg, femur misalignment from a head-on with a Land Rover in 1978. This trauma is now beginning to give me pain after extended periods in the saddle, so I'm looking to seek out a specialist orthopaedic cunsulting surgeon (most likely in Vic) and talk about corrective work. Don't mind if I can't walk, but I'll be pissed off the day I can't ride :( Almost 53 now and intend keeping this bike at least another 10 years, and not to just look at sitting in the garage ! Cheers, Dennis
 
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