I am in need of a recommendation for a seat for a 2018 Road Glide Special. Over the years (I am 52 years old and 5'10" tall) my lower back has been giving me problems with pain in the L5 / S1 area of my spine.
I am thinking a higher seat would raise me in the saddle and in turn would transition the some of my body weight from my butt to the forward foot controls.
I appreciate any and all input.
You are in luck Sir! The ultimate solution is within 650 miles of you.
I'm 57 years young and 5'11" with issues ranging from L1 to L5 (among others). Last fall, after much research online and in various saddles, I ended up riding to Russell Cycle Products in Shasta Lake, CA. where they measure your body and take note of your preferred seating position and then create a one-of-a-kind saddle fitted just for you! It's called the Russell Day-Long Saddle and I can tell you that it is the single best investment that I have ever made for a motorcycle in all of the decades that I've been riding.
Prior to buying this saddle, I was limited to rides of no more than 100 miles per day (and man, those 100-milers were painful rides). Since I got it last fall, I have taken 2 extended rides (1 of 2,500 miles and the other of 3,000+ miles, covering 300 to 450 miles per day) without any pain whatsoever. You can order the seat in leather or vinyl, heated or unheated and your choice of color and hand-sewn design pattern. You can also order it with an over-sized, fully-adjustable padded backrest (which I highly recommend). They take your measurements in the morning, trim the seat to your specifications, sew it together with your choice of covering and it's ready to use by 5 that evening.
The seat sits about 1" to 1.5" higher than the stock Harley seat and includes "wings" which support your thighs (eliminating the leg and lower back pain that you can develop on longer rides).
I've had multiple different Harley, Mustang and Corbin seats over the years and this one beats them all. It's not cheap, but if you want to ride more than just around town and you have back or leg issues, it's much cheaper than doctor bills and hospital stays. The best part for me is that there is no more pain. I'm getting ready to take a 6K mile roundtrip adventure in a couple of weeks and that's something that I couldn't have imagined doing before finding this company and getting one of their custom seats.
Take the ride north from your home to Shasta Lake and change your riding experience for the better! By the way, just so you know, what really made my mind up about taking a chance on this seat was my research on the "Iron-Butt" forums. Everyone that had one said it was the reason that they could ride 1000+ miles a day with no pain.
Good luck with your decision!