New member with a seat question


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Vtfireman85
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New member with a seat question

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I finally managed to buy the GL1200 I’ve been in love with since I was a teenager. I’ve got a few hundred miles on it now, the seat looks good and initially sits ok, but after a short time becomes very uncomfortable, I keep sliding forward. The whole trip is spent moving back as readjusting, I’m 6’2 and 190 lbs so I feel I’m kinda in the tall side of average build. Is there a seat that would tilt back more? I feel like if it tilted me back into the saddle it’d be much more comfortable. Perhaps one that gives a little more leg room? I see a couple Corbin masters seats on eBay but I’m reluctant to buy a 300.00 used seat to find out.
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks!
Seth



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Post by oldmopars »

You might like the Corbin. It sits much lower and tends to have more of a rearward tilt because it still has to meet the tank and therefore it has a bit more rear tilt.
Keep in mind that the Corbin seats are normally very firm. While I am not a fan, many are and they seem to think the firmer seat is more comfortable. They would not be a top name in motorcycle seats if nobody liked them. Just keep that in mind that they will be firmer than the stock seat.
The other option would be to have the foam in the stock seat cut, either by you, or a professional. There are many YouTube videos and write-ups on this, as well as many seat makers that would be happy to custom make the seat for you. All depends on your budget.
It could be worth it to you to peal back the cover and have a go at shaving the seat down a bit, reshape it, then stretch the cover back and see if that improves things for you.
Seats are very subjective, and can be as personal as oil and tires. Everyone has an opinion.

Vtfireman85
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thanks for that, I put on 100 miles this morning,while I am getting used to it its still rather uncomfortable, at first I thought perhaps the front the seat was broken, but it doesn't seem that way, this bike only has 24000 miles on it, so I wouldn't have said the seat was totally whomped but it is 33 years old. ( im 34 and I know how old I feel so..) I may order one to try it. there was a saddle leather looking one on eBay that had the trunk backrest and the elbow bags. wasn't feeling like dropping another 300 right now..but it may come to that. I suppose it all depends on how the Mrs feels about the ride back there. I haven't had her on it yet, its my first big bike and I wanted to get some miles on before taking a passenger. also I really haven't ridden in years, so another good reason for some seat time.

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Vtfireman85 wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:05 pm
I see a couple Corbin masters seats on eBay but I’m reluctant to buy a 300.00 used seat to find out.
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks!
Seth
No brainer IMHO if you are gonna keep it and ride much.
Just $300?
I paid $700+ in 1997 dollars for mine, "one of", if not best upgrades. Loved it, so a few years ago, I bought one for the Trike. Firm maybe, but a firm fit with no hot spots is good.

Other "best upgrade" was whole Progressive Suspension, front & rear. Fork springs and 416 series shocks and adapters to air.

Just sold the 1200 Friday the 21st. 22 years of use and it looked new still.

I also cannot "not recommend" that you take a beginner rider course and then … an experienced rider course on your bike.
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You might try just simply adjusting the seat back a notch or two. I am 5' 10" and it was quite a bit better when I adjusted the seat back one notch.
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Ohara
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I have a Corbin mater seat on one of my wings and the stock seat on the other wing. The Corbin defietly is more comfortable seat. :D

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Post by rzaugg »

I am built about the same as you with several more years of wear and tear and questionable knees. Kind of had the same complaint years ago when I got my first 1200. Put highway pegs and a backrest on it and I could drain a tank of gas and not even consider having to get off. Although finding what you want for those may cost you $300 anyway if they aren't on ebay.

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thanks for the replies all, my email seems to have filtered out subscribed threads so I didn't realize there had been responses. im not objecting to a 300 dollar seat, its that its a 300 dollar seat with who knows how many miles of who's rear in it, that I wasnt sure would address my issues, it sounds like they are widely thought of as better than stock so perhaps I pull the trigger on one.

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When shopping used, remember that color can be changed, so shop for condition. Minor blemishes will be colored, tears can be repaired.

If you decide to buy a great seat of wrong color, SEM "Classic Coat" products are great if directions are followed. They have cleaners and prep spray to use before Dye.

I dyed a magenta Corbin seat that was like new in 2015, looks great still. It was like new, but magenta when I bought it.

That lever beside left thigh is how you adjust back rest.
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