Who makes a comfortable Seat?


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Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby drtimm@att.net » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:25 pm



I'm wanting to get me a more comfortable seat for my 85 Gl1200, interstate. Been seriously looking at the Saddlemen H923J, not cheap at $525. + tax. Does anyone out there have this seat and if so is it worth the bucks? Or are there other seats that are better? Your thoughts would be appreciated,thanks.

Dennis
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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby GRAWER » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:53 pm

Ja siedzenie przerobiłem sam - było za wysokie dla mnie, po ściągnięciu tapicerki od przodu wyciąłem gąbkę w kształcie klina. Wyszło bardzo dobrze, teraz całą stopą dostaję do jezdni.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby SKMURDOCK » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:28 pm

Have you given Corbin any thoughts?

Their factory is in Hollister, not too far from you. They have a ride-in service, with your seat custom made to your specs, body type, etc. while you wait.

I have an older version on my 84 and have been very happy.

http://www.corbin.com/honda/8487wing.shtml

Clicking on the order tab in the above link gives you pricing information. Seems to be about in line with the Saddlemen you mentioned.

Good luck.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby themainviking » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:10 am

Saddleman, Mustang, Corbin, Ultimate are four custom seat builders that I have had seats from. I found the Corbin seat for a Goldwing (mine anyway) was like a rock. Others love them, by my wife and I hated it (borrowed, thank goodness). I got an Ultimate seat after a lot of searching, testing, sitting and riding. It has been great. I can do thousand mile days (well one anyway, lol) and still have a back and legs. I do have to tell you that an acquaintance of mine cut down the foam and added some memory foam, and then had the cover resewn, on his stock seat, and it is surprisingly comfortable. It cost him $150 for the sewing job and the piece of memory foam, and he is pretty happy with it.
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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby drtimm@att.net » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:29 am

SKMURDOCK wrote:Have you given Corbin any thoughts?

Their factory is in Hollister, not too far from you. They have a ride-in service, with your seat custom made to your specs, body type, etc. while you wait.

I have an older version on my 84 and have been very happy.

http://www.corbin.com/honda/8487wing.shtml
Thanks for the input, I'll research the Ultimate and consider customizing the stock.


Clicking on the order tab in the above link gives you pricing information. Seems to be about in line with the Saddlemen you mentioned.

Good luck.
themainviking wrote:Saddleman, Mustang, Corbin, Ultimate are four custom seat builders that I have had seats from. I found the Corbin seat for a Goldwing (mine anyway) was like a rock. Others love them, by my wife and I hated it (borrowed, thank goodness). I got an Ultimate seat after a lot of searching, testing, sitting and riding. It has been great. I can do thousand mile days (well one anyway, lol) and still have a back and legs. I do have to tell you that an acquaintance of mine cut down the foam and added some memory foam, and then had the cover resewn, on his stock seat, and it is surprisingly comfortable. It cost him $150 for the sewing job and the piece of memory foam, and he is pretty happy with it.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:01 am

So far my behind would get sore at 100 miles on my 1200.
I've made a change that helps a lot.
I purchased a gel type seat cushion for hunting.It's about an inch thick and and about 18' x 20" and cost $12.It's not a gel seat but it's much more dense than just foam.It's black and kinda gushy.You can kneel on it on concrete and not feel the floor.It distributes weight pretty good without spending $100 on a gel pad.
In the driver seat I used a marker and a knife to outline where by butt hits and cut the foam for a insert.I left the edges,it's just a insert.
I removed the foam with a wire wheel on a drill.The trick to the seat is to remove about a half inch more in the middle than the outer sides.This gives the most support on the butt bones.
I put in the insert and stapled the cover back on.
Much more comfortable to sit on.
I'll take a few pictures if your interested and post them,I still have the cover off for some stitching.

It's the cutting the middle more than the sides that really helped the ride.
I tried it flat but it only felt a little better.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:03 am

I'll put in a vote for my Corbin. I've done 19 hours on it one day, followed by 15 hours the next day, and never had a complaint. Best motorcycle seat I've ever sat on.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:33 am

Anything newer than the 28 year old foam it has now would be a improvement.
Meaning that a new cover won't help the ride,just the looks.

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby rono24 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:58 pm

My wife is from Lincoln and still has a sister living there,we was out there last February next time we come out we will let you know and maybe we can get together

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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby SteveB123 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:15 pm

A Saddlemen seat diy kit, that you install on your own seat pan, lists for 169.00 + shipping.

http://www.saddlemen.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&manufacturers_id=2&model=2156&mfrom=1985&categories_id=0&inc_subcat=1&search_in_description=0&sort=20a&page=3

It's certainly the direction I'm going.
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Re: Who makes a comfortable Seat?

Postby drtimm@att.net » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:59 pm

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quote="SteveB123"]A Saddlemen seat diy kit, that you install on your own seat pan, lists for 169.00 + shipping.

http://www.saddlemen.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&manufacturers_id=2&model=2156&mfrom=1985&categories_id=0&inc_subcat=1&search_in_description=0&sort=20a&page=3

It's certainly the direction I'm going.[/quote]

Hi Steve. Thanks a lot for the info. After checking it out, I now have it on order.




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