Mama ain't happy!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Pussboy, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Pussboy

    Pussboy 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.'

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    Well, we did our first 800 mile weekend in the beginning of May and the stock seat did not agree with either of us. I sent the seat off to Renazco immediately upon our return and he built me one of his new Ergo seats. I find it to be much better but she still is not happy. She says she can't help sliding forward constantly. Any comments or advice will be appreciated. I told her that I found a couple that rode their 990 18,000 miles. She did not think it was funny when I said that lady must be alot tougher than her! I love this bike but it may be trading fodder if I can't make her happy!

    Thanks,

    Scott


    p.s. She supports my hobby/sickness 100% so it will be worth my while to take care of her!
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  2. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Did you get a suede cover? I put a suede seat cover on my stock seat, one of the big reasons was keeping my wife from sliding forward all the time. Helped quite a bit.
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  3. Pussboy

    Pussboy 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.'

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    Thanks Zak, That was one of the trade-offs for not having to wait until October for a full blown Renazco custom. No suede option. It is non-skid vinyl tho.The suede would not have worked well for me anyways as a commute 100 miles a day/ rain or shine.
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  4. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    So it's not a custom? I can't see any mention of Ergo on the website. I know by default (custom) the focus is on the rider not the passenger.

    I had a Russell on my bike before (with the wings) bought it used. I didn't like how the wings restricted my movement but Russell has a lot of experience making two-up seats.
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  5. Pussboy

    Pussboy 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.'

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    The Ergo is a quick turnaround seat for them built on my pan. Mike spent a good bit of time on the phone with me and determined that he would not do much different on a full blown custom. He let me know up front that this would still not be a perfect seat for 2 up. It is a great deal better than stock for both of us. I did not know about it either until I sent in the info request and he called me. With a week shipping each way, I was only without my seat for 3 weeks.

    Even though this is not the perfect seat for us, I highly recommend Renazco. The quality is superb and they are very nice people to deal with.


    Those Russells do look comfy...perhaps I need 2 seats
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  6. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Surely you can find an add-on solution. What did she like before? You should be able to replicate that without trading the bike.

    Thankfully, my spouse has never ridden with me two-up, but we came to know each other in a race paddock. 35 years later we are still in paddocks with our sons...I'd rather she have a bike of her own if she wants to ride. She's been tempted, but the closest she's come to riding is a pitbike.

    Smart woman
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  7. emuooz

    emuooz Emu

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    Don't take her problem solved.
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  8. Central Cali Rider

    Central Cali Rider Love the journey and destination...

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    A custom seat goes a long way. I rode in last year to Bill Mayer Saddles in Ojai California with my 11 year old son. They measure,marked and asked a lot of questions. I rode 2 hrs back home and for the first time I did not have any arse pain and my son enjoyed it.
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  9. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    try the airhawk.. my gf and I use it on top of the renazco for longer trips..
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  10. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    You guys haven't been together long have you? Comparing her negatively with another woman...be careful Scott....be very very careful!
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  11. Pussboy

    Pussboy 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.'

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    I like to live life on the edge! That's why I married a Redhead! I know to duck when I say things like that!
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  12. j.king

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    this would be my suggestion for a quick fix until you can take a look at a russel or something else. I picked up a Corbin quite on the cheap and it was a big improvement over stock but still had the problem of my wife sliding forward all the time - not only did she not like it I found it really tiring whenever we flew down downhill twisties as it was like haveing a 115lb sack of cement pushing on your back everytime you hit the brakes.

    Added an airhawk for extra comfort and came to appreciate the added bonus of it really helping her not slide forward nearly as much.

    Just got the smallest pillion size for the back and am very happy for now. Make sure you set it up with really not much air as this is the most comfortable setup.

    cheers
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  13. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    I acquired a seat concepts tall then cut it down to fit myself and my wifes ass. Using an electric carving knife and a small grinder. works great and I couldn't be happier. the price was also very reasonable.
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  14. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    I hate seats where the rear is "ramped" into the front...

    try a BeadRider... depending on her (personal) rear padding she may or may not like the feel of it, and you do move around on them some, especially when you are riding hard

    ...or a piece of sheepskin, which can be tucked in any position and moved anywhere if it's not strapped down. You can also take it off when it rains and stow it away. Works great summer or winter, and you can find a piece at an upholstery shop if you don't want to spend a lot on a "professional" version
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  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Does anyone else find a thread titled "Mama ain't happy" by an inmate named "pussboy" hilarious? :D


    I have a Renazco Ergo seat that I've been testing for them and I LOVE thing thing.. but I don't know that it is passenger orientated. Solo.. it is a winner; whether it works for Mama would depend on the shape of her butt (but heaven knows if she's already not happy... I'm not going to bring up such a topic ! ) :D

    Sometimes I've found with a passenger it is more about making them comfortable than the seat... do you have a trunk box with a back rest pad? Perhaps if she had a back rest she'd relax more and sit differently on the seat?

    :freaky
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  16. patrkbukly

    patrkbukly 52 Weeks of warm

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    maybe have her wear a Camelbak forward...or a backpack up front...or something else large and puffy in the front?
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  17. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    My wife and I did our first 1200 mile ride last Fall. She doesn't have the sliding down problem, but does get a sore butt. As the day goes on our rest stops get closer. Which is good for me because I get sore from the stock seat too. It does help with padded bike shorts.

    I don't have the R model and the seat doesn't slope as much as the R does. Maybe see if you can find a stock used to see if that helps. I wish last fall I would have got on the waiting list for a custom seat. I should do it now so I can send in my seat in the off season to get built.

    I think I will give an Airhawk a try for the misses can't hurt. :evil

    Can you post some pictures of the Renazco Ergo seat? I can't find any info on them.


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  18. Pussboy

    Pussboy 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.'

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    Thank you for all your help! I will get the bike out and take some pics. I never noticed the difference in seat profiles between the R and the other 990's. I am going to get an Airhawk. I am thinking I could even put a wedge of foam under the front of it when necessary, then take it off when she is not with me.
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  19. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I did my own because every one I saw had a slope. I took a spare seat foam and put it on top of the old so it would be flat. It is also extra thick for her. Mama likes it, though I need to work on my part.
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  20. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    I bought an ST1100 to make Momma happy. Nothing I tried on the 950 worked. Its one weakness is 2-up riding. It sucks for that. That ought to stir things up a bit. :lol3
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