Anyone in UK found a comfy seat ?

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Post by budgesrsv » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:33 pm

Have any of you UK guys managed to find a comfy seat ? I have done around 4500 miles since buying the bike and the seat has gone from being ok to being like sitting on red hot razor blades after 40 minutes :!: I can only assume that the foam has become softer with use and is now compressing completely with my bulk on it. I have just wasted £140 on the ergoplank hoping that would be better, but it isn't much different. It has now got to the point where it is taking the enjoyment out of riding anything more than 20 miles, and I can honestly say it is the most uncomfortable bike I have ever owned (mostly sports bikes !) I think what is required is the foam replacing and re-shaping but I don't know who to use ? I have looked at a few websites but can't find any in the uk who show a SMT seat they have done, most of them just tell you everyone else is rubbish and their gel pads are the bol#$£&@&s. I don't want to waste more money so can anyone recommend a company they have used ? Oh forgot to mention I don't want one of those great big horse saddles that some guys fit :D Please rescue me from buying another lovely comfy R1 :lol:

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Re: Anyone in UK found a comfy seat ?

Post by lcjohnny » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:45 am

I got the ergo saddle on mine and it is ok.
Not as comfortable as the SD but ok
there is a risk of getting caught in one place on the saddle and getting uncomfortable so I have push myself back or forards every now and then.

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Post by ogden » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Man up. I've just done London to Istanbul and back in a fortnight on an SMT with a standard seat and while it didn't offer Goldwingesque levels of comfort, it was far from intolerable.
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Post by budgesrsv » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:38 pm

ogden wrote:Man up. I've just done London to Istanbul and back in a fortnight on an SMT with a standard seat and while it didn't offer Goldwingesque levels of comfort, it was far from intolerable.
"Man up" my arse ! I was hoping for a bit of constructive advice but thanks anyway. After looking at the numerous posts on the Subject of seats it seems that some find the standard seat ok and others don't, you obviously don't find it as uncomfy as I do. I am not looking for Goldwing comfort, just something similar to the R1 I swapped for the SMT, enabling me to do 2-300 mile rides without feeling crippled.
Thanks for the offer to swap Lcjohnny but I have got the ergo seat which isn't much better.

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Post by ogden » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:18 pm

budgesrsv wrote:Man up my arse !
Hey, whatever floats your boat!
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Post by Rangoonruns » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:00 pm

I find the stock way better than the gel
Guess I have manned up
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Post by ohpyramids » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:12 pm

Not happy with stock or gel.

I have heard great things about the airhawk pads, but you want to remove them for the aggressive riding. Unfortunately, these bikes make you ride aggressively all the time.

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Post by Scutty » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:25 pm

I like my gel seat and done 11+ hour days in it so it can't be that bad (although I do sometimes slip back to the pillion seat for a change of scenery!)
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Post by Scutty » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:12 pm

WOAH there hos!

That's an armchair! Are there wing-backs to go with it?
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Post by Hellboi » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:29 am

This is a recliner. Sorry for the crappy pic, phone was in a bag during the rain. LOL
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Post by LenFerguson » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:57 am

That looks horrible....
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Post by Hellboi » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:07 am

comfy though, and easily swapped out after a long touring weekend.
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Post by budgesrsv » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Thanks for the pics and advice, I would prefer to stick with standard-ish looks so I am going to strip the cover from my standard seat to see if I can fit some firmer foam under a gel top layer, and get rid of the two ridges. If it is a success I will post some pictures.

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Post by Scutty » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:16 am

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Post by budgesrsv » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:54 am

Thats more like it ! Have you tried one ? How much ?

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Post by Scutty » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:24 am

No idea - I just googled it for you.
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Post by budgesrsv » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:46 pm

Gave this company a call, they charge £240 + postage to fit gel pads for rider and pillion and re-cover your seat ! Seems a lot of cash for something that might be as uncomfortable as the KTM gel seat. I think I will have a go myself before splashing out again.

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Post by Yoozy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:38 pm

What happened ? Thiers a firm in Hyde that do seats up.

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Post by adcolor » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:55 am

Hellboi, I like the front 1/2 (you all just knew someone would).

And the back 1/2 needs to be LARGER. Yeah, you read it right. When I take the woman for a ride, and not the 20~30 mile ride to go get a bite, but the 200 miles plus ride she needs to be comfortable. Just bought a n ergo seat on fleabay. It will be my standard seat while I experiment with my seat. My plan? Widen it to fit between the passenger handles. Then have an appropriate firmness of foam.

The front 1/2 looks a lot like a Rick Mayer seat.
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