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Old 05-15-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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Airhead GS Seat Options

Now that I've got my '89 R100GS mechanically and cosmetically sorted out, I thought I'd focus on ergos. I've got the full seat and the half seat, and usually ride with the half seat and rack in place. The cover on the seat is hardened and slick with age. Likewise, the foam is more like wood. And the seat is a tad too wide for an average human. What are my options here? Anyone had luck with any of the aftermarket full seats or does it make more sense to rebuild the one I have? Remove the cover and shave down the foam? Send it off? Do it locally? Gain 50 pounds and pad it from the other direction?
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:09 AM   #2
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I had the opposite problem with the stock, full, seat on my '89 R100 GS. It was so soft that about half my body would fall asleep in less than an hour. I ended up finding a Corbin Dual Canyon on ebay, and I like it a lot.

I wanted a full seat for two up riding though, and lots of people find Corbins to be too firm. I like firm seats, so it works for me. On all day, or multi-day trips, I throw on a sheep skin once in a while.

When I have this seat rebuilt, i will have them take just a bit out near the from to make it a little narrower. Other than that, I'm happy.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:13 AM   #3
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Seat Concepts list seats for R100GS's. Worth a look? Not quite as fancy as the others.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
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I had a solo in similar condition to yours when I had my GS and had Sargent recover it... can't speak highly enough of the final product and service.

I've used local auto upholstry shops for motorcycle seats in the past and have always been dissapointed.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:55 AM   #5
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I partially shaved a corbin and had the same disappointment with the local upholstery lady. The partially shaved corbin is a world better than the stock two up seat however.

I bought a solo seat off the site and hated it. Didn't even have to ride with it.. Just resold it. I like to move on the back part of the seat on long rides, so it didn't work for me. That was also the part of the corbin with most of the shaving....
got to get it on the good foot
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