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Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« on: May 11, 2014, 05:23:54 pm »
Hey folks,

I just swapped my late model OEM seat for an early model OEM seat.  Wow, the early model is a good bit taller and much more comfortable for a 6'4", 36" inseam lad, like myself.

Got me wondering if there was an even taller seat that may be even MORE comfortable  :)

Tall riders, what have you found?

Also, what other ergonomic improvements do you recommend?  I am considering some taller bars. (Note: I have a ZRX front end with tubular bars.)

Thanks in advance for any replies!

- Beej

 
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 07:47:45 pm »
6'5" here.  Russell Seat, went with Goldwing GL1200 bars on one bike, and some 7/8" 10" Ape Hangers on the other.  Highway pegs and taller shields, one a Rifle, and the other a Madstad.  Both are custom heights.  I tried the peg lowers, but I did not like them, but a lot of other folks do.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 09:18:41 pm »

Most custom seat builders will build what you want. Most also do ride in appointments so you can really get a custom job immediately.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2014, 12:27:16 pm »
6'4", Russell seat, 2" bar risers and a way hooooge screen for me.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 02:05:37 pm »

Most custom seat builders will build what you want. Most also do ride in appointments so you can really get a custom job immediately.

What I want is an ergonomically correct seat, you know?  That is to say, I have no idea what I want.  I would need some kind of fitting like they do with bicycles.  My plan is to just try different ones until I don't have to be in the fetal position to go fast.  :motonoises:
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2014, 03:41:37 pm »


What I want is an ergonomically correct seat, you know?  That is to say, I have no idea what I want.  I would need some kind of fitting like they do with bicycles.  My plan is to just try different ones until I don't have to be in the fetal position to go fast.  :motonoises:

That could get very expensive.  Custom seats start at about $400.00 and go up from there.  There are a few companies that do some modifications for less money.  I know Russell has a drive in options, but depending on their back log you may have to wait months for your appointment. 

There are a number of custom seat builders out there, and some of them require you to send in specific measurements and pictures.  I have had a lot of luck with Russell.  I have tried a number of others in the past, but I end up going back.  I am going to purchase one for my second C-10 and I decided to give one of our Industry Members a shot at it.  Loren, the owner of Baldwin Saddles is going to be at the nationals, and I plan to speak with him there about a new seat.

If you are going to the Nationals, that would be a great place to sit on a few different seats to help determine what you may want.

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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2014, 03:53:28 pm »
The Day Long is a bit higher, maybe 2" over oem, but also wider making it where your legs need to be longer to reach the ground the same. 
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2014, 04:19:04 pm »
The Day Long is a bit higher, maybe 2" over oem, but also wider making it where your legs need to be longer to reach the ground the same.

Not necessarily Bob.  They will cut the seat height upon request, but I will agree there could be slight difference.  They now have a sport touring version that is not as wide.

But, the OP was asking about seats for TALLER riders not the inseam envious.    ;D   So it goes to reason, even a 1 or two inch increase in height would be beneficial.   :rotflmao:
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2014, 06:30:58 pm »
They now have a sport touring version that is not as wide.

This sounds interesting... I don't see it on the site.  You are certain?

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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2014, 06:43:09 pm »



Had to go look, it has been a while since I have been to their site.  Here ya go.  https://www.day-long.com/gallery_Sports_Bikes.html  It is called the Sport Seat

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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2014, 02:28:41 pm »
Thanks for input, folks!  I am going to start with some taller bars and see if that helps me any.

Those Russel seats are very shiny but ¡Ay, caramba!, I need to save a few more pennies first.  ;)

Thanks again.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2014, 07:44:58 pm »
Thanks for input, folks!  I am going to start with some taller bars and see if that helps me any.

Those Russel seats are very shiny but ¡Ay, caramba!, I need to save a few more pennies first.  ;)

Thanks again.
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Did I help you justify it yet?  :rotflmao:

Seth Lamm(speeling??) is also doing some good things.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 02:39:45 pm »
I'm at 6'2" and am another supporter of Russell seats (or rather, I have a Russell seat supporting me).  They had me send pics of me on the bike in riding position, got my inseam, weight and all that beforehand.  When the seat returned, it was maybe an inch taller than original, but I could have had it trimmed down for free had it not been comfortable.  I just finished a 5K+ mile roadtrip and had no discomfort whatsoever.  IF you are planning to keep your C10 as your primary long-haul bike, the Russell seat is well worth the investment, IMHO.  I've refoamed and recovered many seats over the years and have no doubt I could have arrived at a comfortable ride on my own, but only after several trial and error iterations.  Russell did it better the first time and I won't never have to screw with the seat again.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2014, 03:38:18 pm »
Beej, being only 5' 8" I have other problems. My toes don't touch the ground if I get a tall seat.
If your going to the National... you can talk to other owners and try out various seats.
1 or 2 seat builders will be there too.
Width, angle (at the rider area of the seat), and firmness is as important as height.
If you find one that suits you,,, take pictures/measurements and go from there.

NOTE: If I recall the early seats look to be lower than newer models. Newer OEM Seats look to be as tall as many aftermarkets, but the foam is soft (which lowers your ride height). You might experiment by changing to firmer or taller foam in your newer OEM and do a temporary recover yourself.  If it works, a shop could do a nicer job for you later.
 

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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2014, 12:35:14 pm »
Just my opinion. Not everyone loves Russell seats. I thought I would share.
I am 6' 3" and I have owned 2  Russell day Longs. One on my C10 and and other on my C14. The first time I sold it after two weeks.
The second time after one day.  I know it has to do with my riding style. Maybe it is from  me doing track days.
The reason I dislike  Russell Day longs is the way it holds my butt  in a cradle. I feel like I am not part of the bike but rather like I am up high on a bar stool.
It is too creepy weird of a feeling. With a Russell I cannot move my body and butt around. Sometimes I like to  slide my butt over and forward  and get my knee out and down during an aggressive corner.
 I run Cobins' on my bikes (well 3 of the 4  bikes  I own).  Corbins' move my butt and  body further  back on the seat   to give me the leg room I need instead of moving me upwards.
A passenger wont like that too much as they loose out but in my case-- I dont care. Also if your height challenged the Corbins really help you as the sides near the front  are thinned out and lower so when your standing up the seat is not trying to  hold your butt up  keeping  your feet off the ground. The C10 Corbin is very firm- more like a John Deer tractor seat. For some reason I can ride long distances with no issues on Corbins. I am only good for 15 minutes on  the stock seat.
I guess it has to do with riding style. If you ride with your butt locked into one position then the Russell is for you. They are comfortable and cushy I  must admit.
They are just not for me.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2014, 01:17:29 pm »
Daytona, have you tried the Russell Sport Seat?
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2014, 09:31:07 pm »
Daytona, have you tried the Russell Sport Seat?
I did not know they made such a thing. I thought they only made the 'big wing' seats.
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Re: Which seat is the tallest? (tall riders, unite!)
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2014, 10:18:40 pm »
There ya go Mike (linky)... (Thanks Fred)

Had to go look, it has been a while since I have been to their site.  Here ya go.  https://www.day-long.com/gallery_Sports_Bikes.html  It is called the Sport Seat

Wifey is going to get me a RDL for my birthday in a few weeks... THIS is good info.  thanks again Fred.

I gave a preliminary call to Russel, and they ask a lot of the right questions... what's wrong with your current
seat, where do you hurt, what's your riding style, and then told me to take LOTS of pics with me, and the S/O
on the bike from all angles so they can 'visualize' what needs bein' done.

I told them I use the pillion for a dry bag for longer trips, and they said they make the pillion work for
both the wifey's needs, and my camping gear's.  Kinda excited about the new saddle, as 600 mile days
got me walking like John Wayne when I git off my trusty steed.

Good luck Beej...  If you'd like, I'll let ya know how Russel does.
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