The F800GS Seat

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by M N B, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. fjk

    fjk Adventurer

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    I ended up buying the low wunderlich seat for my F800gs.

    I have made some requests for experiences in this thread without feedback, so I would like to share my first thoughts about this seat, maybe more people will be interested in firmer seats after "Corbingate".:rofl

    Today was the first real spring day in Denmark, and I went for a good long ride.
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    I am very happy about it. It looks good and the quality and fitting also seems very good.
    It is very firm, but kind of "gel like". For me the ergonomics are much better than the stock seat.

    The only downside I can think about, is that you have to reuse the rubber spacers from the stock seat.
    Your butt does also not slide easy over the back part of the seat for hard core decending, because of the seat profile, but it is possible to change the riding possition a couple of inches forwards and backwards during normal riding.

    /Fred
  2. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I'm 6' tall, how tall are you? I can easily touch the ground with both feet, so I'm wondering if the "low" seat does something besides make you lower?
  3. fjk

    fjk Adventurer

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    I'm 5ยด9" with 30" inseam. I can reach the ground on both sides, but not on flat foot. Not much different from stock seat actually, probably due to the wider seat profile.

    This has never been a problem though. I bought the Wunderlich for comfort and looks.
  4. easy_rider_77

    easy_rider_77 Been here awhile

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    After having it for some time, how do you like the long-distance riding comfort? Do you still feel numb like the stock low seat, or can you last longer? Also, do you think the height is comparable to the stock low seat?
    appreciate your feedback....


  5. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Anyone try one of the Airhawk seat pads? And if so how did you like it and what size. I'm trying to decide on that or a Seat Concepts one.
  6. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    I have the small cruiser Air Hawk and love it. It works better for me than my Renazco seat. Go figure.
  7. gplutt

    gplutt Been here awhile

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    I just rode from Seattle to south of Napa on a stock low seat with a medium Airhawk. No problems at all.

    Pre-airhawk I would be uncomfortable after about two hours, with the Airhawk my throttle hand was giving out before my butt.
  8. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Just put the Seat Concepts seat on the F800GS...
    Not as much of an improvement as the one on the DR 650, still vastly better than the stock low seat. No more getting the nuts scrunched into the tank, it's comfy now to slide halfway into the pillion seat for a while, although I wish the dished out front seat was dished a lot less, or none at all.

    Overall a great improvement for $160 or so.
  9. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    I rode up to Don & Deb Weber's businesses (http://www.mredsmoto.com/mredsmoto.htm and http://www.mredsmoto.com/premiermotogear.htm) in Albany, Oregon to get a seat made for my F650GS. Don has been making custom motorcycle seats since the 1960s so he's knows a thing or two about them. He does two ride in seats a day on a regular basis and mail in orders from all over the U.S. as well. He's booked up until the end of June if that says anything about the quality of his work and popularity. He has many repeat customers. Deb's store is pretty impressive, too; great displays with a lot of quality inventory with a good women's selection. Deb is very knowledgeable about what she carries, how it fits, etc. They do a lot of tire mounting & balancing and some servicing as well. All in all a pretty impressive operation in the small town of Albany.

    It took Don about 5 hours to make my seat. We did a lot of sit on, trial, error and feel before deciding on the final configuration. He raised the front a bit so as to eliminate that sliding forward sensation and made an enlarged butt pocket just where I wanted it, adding about 6" in width for the pocket. He used two different types of foam to make a foundation and reshape the seat. Before making the cover I rode around the neighborhood a bit to be sure. Although he has a lot of different materials and colors I had Don make my seat cover with some black naugahyde fabric that looks just like the OEM stuff.

    It was quite something to watch Don working on the seat. He gave it a lot of care and consideration and is very skilled with the various tools and techniques he employs. He's quite the craftsman and his commitment to satisfying his customers is obvious. He likes what he does and it shows in his work habits and products. Even with the care and effort that went into fitting and making the seat one never knows until you get back out on the road for a few hundred miles. After two days and 750+ miles riding home, I think Don nailed it.

    I have had quite a few custom seats over the years and think that it is the way to go if your are looking to improve your seating situation. And a ride in is really the answer if you can arrange it, no matter who you choose to do the job. Considering the price of aftermarket pre-made seats that are, after all, one size fits all (TT, Wunderlich, Sargeant, BMW and others) a custom made, ride-in seat is worth it.

    No affiliation, etc.
  10. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    Got the OEM Comfort Seat yesterday from the dealer. So far pretty happy, way better for street riding than the stock seat. I find I need to almost shove my ass into it though to get advantage from the lumbar support otherwise my "Natural" position is too far forward. I'm going to need a longer than 20 mile ride to see if it really helps though since my commute is only 20.
  11. casperghst42

    casperghst42 Been here awhile

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    I'm curious, is the any bump (or what ever one calls it) between the driver and pilon part - that have been killing me on the TT high seat ?

    As for dished out, I have a custom build seat from a world famous seat builder who made a seat for me which does not dish out at all (close to being horizontal when I sit on the bike), and that is not working for me, so it seams that no seat is perfect for anyone, we can only hope that we get something which will not make grown ups cry....


    Casper
  12. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    I got the Seat Concepts material in last week and did some short rides with it. So far I'm liking it. It feels like I am sitting slightly lower though. This weekend I will get a long day ride in on it I think.
  13. woodsurfer

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    I took my original seat and gave it to KAHEDO – the company which are doing the TOURATECH seats – they made a more comfortable seat in my favorite color scheme black with a small red insert.
    Now, after 2500 km, I feel much better when riding a few hours, but it still is not a sofa.
    :D
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  14. fosters2

    fosters2 It is what it is

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    Ordered one of the Saddlemen adventure seats from crusiercustomizing.com.

    The seat is relatively new and not too expensive ($360 delivered) so I want to try it before shipping off a spare seat to Russell Day Long for a long distance seat. The issue with Russell is the seats really work (1500 mile day with no butt complaints) however it would probably be pretty ugly on a F800GS.

    Saddlemen does not require your seat pan, so you have two seats.

    Here's a forum thread about it.

    Here's a link to the adventure seat line at Saddlemen.

    Will post a ride report once I get it.

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  15. scarygary

    scarygary Drawing blanks

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    Just picked up this Wunderlich seat used (the only way I would get one) They are $$ new.

    First impression was "What the hell!" IT felt like sitting on a 2x4. This thing is FIRM! After a short blast around town I started to get it. IT is very hot here in Toronto and very humid too.. the seat somehow flows air better than the stock low seat, I guess you don't sink in. Or the leather (fake leather?) breathes better than vinyl.

    The seat height is a bit higher than the OEM low. I would say 1/2 to 3/4 inch taller.

    Big plus is that you can slide fore and aft better, the shape is flatter and goes back further than the OEM low.

    So far it it feels much better. Will have to wait and see how it goes with a few hours in the saddle.

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    While out running an errand..
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  16. Hudson

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    I am very interested in this seat. Were you able to find any photos of the actual seat you are buying along with its features? I look forward to your review.
  17. endurorazor

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    That post saved me hundreds of $$$$. I kept missing out on used aftermarket seat deals in the flea market and needed to find a solution to the agony I felt after 100 miles on the stock seat. I bought a sheepskin cover and that provided only minor relief. I was just about to pull the trigger on a new Renazco when I read this. I bought the Airhawk small cruiser and just finished a 3,400 mile ride in 9 days and the comfort difference during and after each day was nothing sort of amazing. It took two tries to get the perfect amount of air dialed in and getting on and off the bike took an extra effort not to displace it, but those are small prices to eliminate all traces of seat pain. For anyone that can't stand the stock seat and are contemplating gambling on an aftermarket seat, I highly recommend trying an Airhawk first!
  18. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I am 100% satisfied with the OEM Comfort seat. It is shockingly better than the stock.

    Only in the motorcycle world is a comfortable seat NOT included as the standard seat. "Hey, let's put a hunk of rock on the bike! " ;)
  19. Hucker

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  20. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    This fella didn't get back to you because these seats are NOT yet available for the F800GS. I've been on the waiting list since May. They were scheduled to be released at the end of last month so, hopefully, it won't be much longer before they hit the shelves.