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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2011, 09:14:38 pm »
I recently bought an airhawk pad and love it . I can easily ride all day now . With my corbin alone....it was about 2 hrs max . But I'm a skinny guy with no butt .
Hey you say you put the airhawk on the corbin, cause I was thinking of getting an airhawk but I was worried about the increase in height with a stock seat.

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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2011, 04:37:31 am »
Yep, it'll raise you a little.  Probably about 3/4 inch after your weight compresses it.  I'm 6'2" with a 33" inseam.  I run a Corbin saddle and a Buttbuffer sheepskin filled with a gel pad and I'm very comfortable on it.

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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2011, 02:19:36 pm »
Yep, it'll raise you a little.  Probably about 3/4 inch after your weight compresses it.  I'm 6'2" with a 33" inseam.  I run a Corbin saddle and a Buttbuffer sheepskin filled with a gel pad and I'm very comfortable on it.
First off didn't mean to hijack this post but I'll be riding today and before I do I'll put some foam to get me 3/4 inch higher to see if my feet still set flat-I'm 5'9" with a 31" inseam and I ride 2 up alot and stability at stop's are very important!

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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2011, 04:46:15 pm »
I fixed my own seat. It's not hard to do. My '88 came with a torn up seat cover and someone gave me a good cover, off a later bike, that was in near perfect condition. I went to a carpet store and got some re-bond carpet padding scraps for free. I put this under the stock foam. Then I took a few scraps of foam and glued to the top to fill out the little bump at the rear of the driver area. I wish I had left that out, I hate that bump. I like sliding back and forth on the seat, and side to side. Now I have an '01 and it came with a stock '01 seat, and an original early seat, but I still use my modded seat. That little extra foam under the original foam really helps a lot. I will probably take the non modded early seat apart and add some foam to it. And maybe some memory foam on top. I am 6'1" and I have no trouble with the height of the seat, or the pegs for that matter. Out of the Blue - Seat Recover
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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2012, 03:31:11 am »
I bought a Russell and I didn't like it, it was too hard.  I also stopped recommending Russell to anyone after two sets of friends got Russells, both man and wife riders.  In some cases, these seats were terrrible, I was shocked at the poor fit for those particular  people, and they didn't keep them long.  I then bought a 650 V strom which had a way too low seat for me.  I decided to build my  own seat and after some time and a lot of trial and error, I have a seat that fits ME.  then I decided to tackle the Russell, so I took the cover off and put a couple of layers of thin foam on the top, did some shaping and it is much better now.  One of the challenges of building your own seat is doing the cover.  after I got the foam right on the V-strom seat I asked a Auto trim shop, who had experience covering motorcycle seats, how much to do the cover.  they wanted $200.  Being the frugal type, this was not acceptable, so after more trial and error, I have a pretty nice cover.  so my conclusion her is that a lot of the custom seat price is in the cover, and my Russell has a very nice cover, but when I took the cover off, the seat itself was just a hard foam molded piece, with thier proprietary "spring" in it.  Not very impressive at all, so I personally would never buy another Russell seat.  You should go to some Rallies or other events where Bill "rocky" Mayer shows  up,  he has sample of his molded foam seats and they are much different from what Russell provided me.  I think they would be better,  but seats are a very individual matter. now, I will say that I had a K1100Lt that came with a Russell seat and it was very good.  You should  know that Russell has changed hands a couple of times in the last few years and the product is certainly not the same as it was originally.  I also had Rick Mayer build a seat for me once, and it is pretty good, actually better than the Russell as I originally recieved it.  One of the important things about that type of seat, in my opinion is the thight support and how far forward that goes.  If it goes too far forward and is not shaped correctly, the underside of your thighs will be uncomfortable after some hours of riding.  If anyone wants more info about making your own seat, there was a DIY motorcycle seat site on line,  and motorcycle consumer news did an article about making your own seat a year or so ago.
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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2012, 09:19:50 am »
If anyone wants more info about making your own seat, there was a DIY motorcycle seat site on line


And here it is!

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/

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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2012, 10:02:05 am »
ChipDoc, your experience just proves the point that finding a custom seat is at best trial and error for the rider. 

I also have owned Russell, Bill Russell and Rick Meyer seats.  My experience is quite different.  I did not like the Bill Russell seat at all, my Rick Meyer seat is presently in the attic, and a Russell is on my bike.  I should note the Bill Russell and Rick Meyer seats were not for the Concours.

I also tried to build my own, but I guess I am not that good with my hands because I could never get the seat to my satisfaction.  It would be OK for day rides, but on muti day trips the seat was always an issue.

The best one can do is research the seats as much as possible, make a selection and give it a try.  Every one of these companies have return policies, so in the end if one does not like their seats, they can be returned and in most cases get a full refund.  They will still be out some shipping fees, but that is chance one has to take.  As for Russell you can actually make an appointment and go to their location and have your seat built on site.  I am not sure if any other seat maker offers this service. 

So in the end, or the bottom line, is just going to be trial and error until you get the seat you like.   :)
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Re: A little Mopre Comfort Please!
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2012, 11:25:26 am »
Oh you're absolutely right, Fred.  And I'll certainly admit that I've had very good luck in buying the '02 with a Corbin (and Audiovox CC!) already installed.  That Corbin fit me like a glove - or at least like a good pair of jeans - and I swapped it to the new bike as soon as I got her home.

It's pretty cool to hear you actually tried to make your own saddle!