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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Seat help please

I wrote a new post on this but don't see it anywhere and thinking I forgot to hit submit (it was 330am lol) but need some insight. We have a 2018 RGS and the stock seat is perfect for me but the wife hated it so we demoed a few seats. We tried the Sundowner and thought that was good but long story short we hit a pothole and it tweaked my wife's tailbone and we thought it was the seat but turns out she had a bad disk and hitting that pothole was the straw that broke the camels back. In between her going to the Chiropractor a week later we bought the Hamock seat. Either one of these two seats are much better for her and the Hamock being the best they're just ok for me. The Hamock seat pushes me right up about 1" away from the gas tank and it almost feels like it's going to launch me forward over the bars (slightly). I'm 5'10"-5'11" with boots on with a 30-31" inseam. I am adding either 10-12" mini apes next season too. Is there a comfortable seat Harley or aftermarket that will put me at the stock or even lower height but still give the passenger a comfortable seating area. I really want to try Harley's solo low and add the passenger pillion but dealer doesn't have that for a demo. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 09:09 AM
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Seats are very subjective and there are a lot of seats and seat manufactures to choose from. What works great for one person doesnít always work at all for the next guy. I ride with a Corbin and really like it but, Corbins are very firm and based on your liking of the Hamock, I doubt very much you would care for a Corbin. There are a couple of companies out there that will custom rebuild your seat to your personal specs which by the sound of things may be the way for you to go. I donít know the names of these companies off the top of my head but many have had tremendous success with them and Im sure somebody here will provide you with a name of one theyíve worked with. Seats for the most part provide comfort on the those long rides but wonít take the jarring sensation away when you hit a bad bump or pothole. Youíll need to look at a good set of rear shocks for that issue.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 10:02 AM
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I would suggest looking into Mustang Seats. I have put them on my touring bikes and have been happy with them.
The first one I bought was for my 03 Fatboy that wife and I used to tour on. Went from a 200 mile day ride to 800 a day running solo and 500 a day with Bride.

I still have the Fatboy and that seat. The seat is still as good as new. Well made seats.

Check out the Super Tour 79538 or 79556. They are the same seat but the 79556 comes with drivers backrest.
This seat sets rider back 1.75" further than stock. 19" wide at driver and 14" wide at passenger.
The Mustang seats are typically narrower at the nose to allow the feet to get closer to the ground.

I was fortunate to buy a low mile used RGS that already had the Mustang seat but I would of bought one for it anyways.

I have found Harley seats breakdown after 20-30,000 miles so I do not buy them anymore.

With your wife's back issue I see a set of rear shocks in your future. Might try that first.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 11:33 AM
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Another 2 thumbs up for mustang seats. I put one on my Ultra this summer and have been blown away with how comfortable it has been from day one. I've done a few decent trips on it and couldn't be happier.

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I agree on the Mustang seats. I have found them to be perfect for my use.
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I went with a LePera. If a solo with pillion if what you are looking for they have three different styles with two different pillion sizes. Made in USA & only for HD. They can also make custom seats. Several forum threads & reviews. It’s what I personally recommend. Only other aftermarket seat I had was a Corbin which I would not recommend.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! I have a Mustang set up on my Yamaha 1300 V Star and the few trips we took on that it was ok. I'll call them tomorrow and see what they say as far as lowering me as well.

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Seat help please

Seats are important to the overall enjoyment of your bike. Look at a custom build like MCC or others to get the seat that works best for you. Over the counter seats are built for the masses. I went through many seat before I went custom. Had I started custom I would have saved beer money for half a year.

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I sent a seat to MCC and wasn't happy at all. IMO it's hard to get a custom seat made when you have to ship it out and back. If there is a local custom seat business near to you then give them a try. Unfortunately HD is the only place that has demo seats and in most cases when it comes to aftermarket seats you have to by a seat to try it out.

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While I agree with Mustang seats, I think upgrading the suspension would be a better place to put the money. I started with a Mustang, but still got butt burn early. After new suspension (Super Shox on rear and Progressive monotubes up front) I was able to ride through an entire tank and want to keep going. If your wife has a bad back, then suspension and a good seat will make mama happy.
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