GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

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GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby Edcot » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:41 pm

Hi I need to change my seat on 98 se 1500 due to lower back problems The oem seat is too soft and gets uncomfortable after a few hours riding
I have come across a Road Sofa with a backrest its an early model from the 90s. its quiet plain in detail no fancy stiching There are gel pads Doesn't have split cushion like current model. The shape of the seat is flat no contouring but raised at the front. Also no raised infill piece where passenger seat meets backrest.
The driver backrest is built in and tilts forward. The base is fibreglass with aluminium tongue in front to hold in place. In good condition low mileage.
Any input with regard ride , comfort etc would be appreciated


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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby minimac » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:39 am

Unfortunately, you won't know if it's a good fit for you until you try it for awhile. Custom seats aren't inexpensive, but can make a world of difference in your riding comfort. I'd recommend contacting a few of the shops that specialize in seats. Everyone's back/backside is different. You may only need the stock one modified, or a full custom may be best.

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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby Edcot » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:46 pm

Hi Minimac this my dilemna the seat I'm referring to I would have to buy to try it . There asking $300 for it so an expensive gamble.
I get the impression early models of the road soafa were not very good . So thought id ask if anyone had any experience of them.
Otherwise I will modify oem a lot cheaper.
I will try to upload a photo for more reference . Thanks for input
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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby Edcot » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:33 pm

Uploaded photo of road sofa I'm enquiring about for GL 1500 . if anyone has any experience or knowledge of this particular seat regards comfort etc I would appreciate it . The one thing I do know when fitted to the bike because there is no upstand on passenger section there is a gap between top of seat and bottom of backrest approx. 3 to 4 inches prob not good for passenger.
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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby Happytrails » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:25 pm

Have seen a gl1500 seat torn apart and its just a single density foam, nothing fancy about it. A local seat upholsterer will get you closer I would think than an aftermarket seat. They can take into account your physical size and ask you specifics like where your seat hurts. I think either way you decide to go a good backrest could probably do wonders for your comfort I would think. :D
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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby Big Blue UK » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:03 pm

Do not bother with it, I would not give 20 quid for that thing. Spend the money having your seat re covered, there are several good ones in the UK. I have fitted a Road Sofa to two of my 1500's, I found them firmer, and taller than stock seat by at least 1 1/2" heavy, beautifully made, and looked great, the passenger backrest is the cover only, that has to be fitted to original backrest. I was not too keen on the through the seat rider back rest, that can be just lifted out. I preferred the sissy bar type backrest by a long shot, even with the pump up bladder, that seemed like everyone that looked at my bike just had to have a press, and it was always rock hard LOL. They cost me about 750 quid each. Thinking of having the seat on the trike re covered, although Mickey Mouse quality plastic seat on a £25,000 bike is somewhat ridiculous, it is low mileage and mint condition, and high prices are being asked for seats I would throw away.

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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby nitefuzz » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:03 am

I put a Saddleman Road Sofa seat on my 98 SE last summer, it is definitely firmer then my stock seat. I use a air-hawk air bladder and a short hair sheep skin on top of it. I rode about 50 miles with the air bladder and sheep skin off and didn't care for it ( I stopped and put them back on). I read that it takes about 1000 miles to break the seat in, but guess I don't have the patients for that, to use to the air bladder and sheep skin. The air bladder helped my riding distance a lot, I would suggest you try one, you only make them about half full of air and then when you sit it down it levels its self out to fit your own shape and size. Our longest distance ride was about 4000 miles in 5 days. Won't ride without my air hawk and sheep skin.

By going with the through the seat backrest, it gave my wife more room for her because her legs were not resting on the chrome bars that held the old backrest. She rides a lot more comfortably now, and you know when they are comfortable we cane ride longer.

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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby mightymousesr » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:05 am

How much is a Quid? :?:

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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:12 pm

mightymousesr wrote:How much is a Quid? :?:

One Pound Sterling, British currency. One pound is about $1.45 US.

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Re: GL 1500 Road Sofa Seat

Postby macdaddykeith » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:44 pm

I know it has been a little while since this was posted originally but, I just read it. I bought a Roadsofa seat a couple of years ago. It was new and it did come with a paper inside stating that "This seat and your bottom will take about 1200 miles to break each other in." AND IT DID!! But, after that it was fine. The more that I rode, the better it has gotten. Last summer we rode about 300 miles on it going to and from the Smoky Mountains Goldwing Rally. It was just like advertised, like riding on a sofa. The only drawback is in the summer, if it sits in the sun for a long period, the seat can get quite hot when you first get on... I guess it is due to the color of the seat and probably the gel pack in the seat. All I know is I went from a worn out Corbin to this one and it night and day different. I love it now, after "we broke each other in." :lol:

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