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Old 04-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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The BEST and WORST of motorcycle SEATS

For me, a good/bad seat can make or break a long ride.

It seems the modern trend is to make motorcycle seats as impractical and uncomfortable as humanly possible, in exchange for them looking "racy" in profile. Seats seem to be getting thinner, more forward sloped, and less anatomically shaped with every passing season. Don't even get me started on the ridiculous upswept tails and useless passenger seats.

So there is my rant.

I'd like to hear your rant, and also hear about the best/worst seat you ever rode on. Pics are a big bonus.

Also, which bikes have the most comfortable stock seats today?
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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A best seat...

So here's a pic of my best ever seat. It's a Mustang Wide Touring. The stock seat was, of course, crummy on this 1200 Sportster Roadster. The Mustang was essentially flat and broad, with some firm foam. It wasn't cushy comfy, but it was wide and supportive enough to be fairly comfortable for ten hour riding days. It's also an expensive seat, but worth it to me.


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Old 04-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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And a worst seat...

And here is my worst ever seat, which happens to be my current bike. It's the stock FZ6R seat, which only has a mild forward slope compared to most sport bikes. This seat starts to really hurt for any ride over an hour. And I've done two 1000 mile days on it. By the end of each day, it felt like someone had lashed my thighs with a cat-o-nine-tails.

I ended up taking off the seat cover and shaving the foam until it was almost flat. That made it ever so slightly more comfortable, but still way less than satisfactory. And the FZ6R is known as being a "comfortable" bike.

I've considered buying a good aftermarket saddle, but for fun, I think I'm going to build a saddle almost from scratch, starting with the bare seat pan.

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Look no further! BEST SEAT HANDS DOWN Aprilia Futura. I rode 8 hours the other day and honestly never ONCE thought about the seat or my ass. PERFECTION! It practically massages you ASS.

Worst seats I have owned

KTM 950 ADV. Midevil TORTURE DEVICE
BMW R1100S A close 2nd place to the KTM
My Brothers K1200S SUCKS too. He just had to spend $600+ on getting the seat fixed

Let me state again... APRILIA FUTURA IS THE WINNER!

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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I have not tried the Aprilia but very much want to.

I have 3 best stock seats.
V-Strom 1000.....NOT the 650 tho, completely different seat. Have not tried the second Gen 650 tho.
Yamaha/Star Royal Star Venture
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad

Honorable mention 1st Gen FZ1

Worst
Honda CRF230-Is there really foam in there or mahogany?
Suzuki SV1000/650 Exactly the opposite shape to what it should be.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Look no further! BEST SEAT HANDS DOWN Aprilia Futura. I road 8 hours the other day and honestly never ONCE thought about the seat or my ass. PERFECTION! It practically massages you ASS.
Found these quotes after Googling the Futura, from this article...

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ro...ura/index.html

"the ergonomics of the thing are so completely transparent that you spend no time at all thinking about your butt or your wrists"

"We don't know if it's the shape or the foam, but the broad seat approximates the consistency of the back of Rosie O' Donnell's thighs, and is excruciatingly comfortable"

Wow. Talk about raves. I'm completely jealous. But I guess any true sport tourer should come with a good saddle.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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I have never had a bad Corbin seat. Worst seat (except for dirt bikes) was the Tiger1050 gel seat. Burned (hot!) my ass all the way up the crack!
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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My old GS500 had an AWFUL seat.

The 883 I rode in HI had a seat that might have been decent before it got 50K miles as a rental mule - when I rode it, it was fucked. out. Leather of steel frame rails...really horrible.

My DL1K...its a pretty good seat. 2-3 hours is easy, 4-5 isn't too bad, more than that and you'll need to get off and walk for an hour to get the blood flowing.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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The worst? BMW F650GS-T. Best, probably my Monter 695s. Oddly the seat on the 1198sp isn't too bad (ergos otoh...).
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #10
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While I'm pimpin' the Futura... Mine came with Helibar risers and I could never get comfy with them and no matter where I adjusted the twist on them I always had a kink in my right elbow. Put the stock bars on... PERFECTION once again. I'm not a 165lb 24 year old either. I'm 235lbs and closing in rapidly on the half Century mark. Did I mention I LOVE MY FUTURA?


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Found these quotes after Googling the Futura, from this article...

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ro...ura/index.html

"the ergonomics of the thing are so completely transparent that you spend no time at all thinking about your butt or your wrists"

"We don't know if it's the shape or the foam, but the broad seat approximates the consistency of the back of Rosie O' Donnell's thighs, and is excruciatingly comfortable"

Wow. Talk about raves. I'm completely jealous. But I guess any true sport tourer should come with a good saddle.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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Suzuki GS-E models in the early 80's were the best. GS850E's, 1000E's and 1100E's. You could be on those bikes for tank after tank of fuel and just not need to get up to stretch.

Futura as I recall, about their equal.

Worst....

Too many to list.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:45 PM   #12
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The worst? BMW F650GS-T. Best, probably my Monter 695s. Oddly the seat on the 1198sp isn't too bad (ergos otoh...).
I find the mentions of BMW's as worst a bit surprising. Is it down to style over comfort, or something else wrong with them?
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #13
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Best seat - Mustang.

Did a 49 states in 10 days ride on my Kingpin. Did 1100 miles the first day and also did 5000 miles in less than 5 days on day 4 through 8.
Complete trip was 11,900 miles in 16 days. I like the Mustang!

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Old 04-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #14
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I find the mentions of BMW's as worst a bit surprising. Is it down to style over comfort, or something else wrong with them?

My R1100S was hard and rounded which applied allot of pressure on the center of your butt. Also shoved your nuts against the gas tank. I understand that the R1100S is suppose to be a "Sport Bike" and the rounded seat allows you to move around. But to be quite frank... There isn't much "Sport" in a R1100S. Once again... The Future would DESTROY my R1100S in the performance dept.

My Brothers K1200S was just flat and hard and just didn't hold you very well.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:40 PM   #15
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I find the mentions of BMW's as worst a bit surprising. Is it down to style over comfort, or something else wrong with them?
The plank on the F650 felt like a 2x4 turned diagonally. Pressure points were really odd, the way it spread your weight around was also rather strange. I had the new for '11 more comfortable seat but found it nowhere near as nice as the one on my little monster.
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