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I recently had back surgery and my surgeon said that my back is in pretty bad shape. Spinal stenosis and arthritis, the real problem for me is the tail bone,constant ache from calcium build up and arthritis. I need a seat for tail bone pain. Has anyone tried Road Zepelin air ride Harley seat, a little pricy but if it would help the pain might be worth it. Would appreciate thoughts and suggestions.
 

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I sympathize with your pain.

I broke my back and tore a disc 20 years ago. It took four years to get a proper diagnoses and treatment. Three surgeries to fix the problem, but I was left with permanent sciatic nerve damage and osteoarthritis and mine is in the same general area - the L5-S1 which is right above the tail bone.

I have dealt with it pretty well over the years and, until I bought my new RGS last month, I had never gone with anything other than stock seats. Over the past couple of years the injury and nerve damage has really started catching up with me, so I now see a pain management specialist for nerve root block injections every six weeks.

Honestly, if my ol' lady hadn't hated the stock seat on the new RGS so much then I probably would have continued to keep the stock seat and continue to deal with the pain and discomfort that builds up. I had just become accustom to it and figured it would never change much. But, thanks to her wanting a more comfortable seat, I went with the Hammock seat and I'm very thankful I did.

It did take a little getting use to, but it has allowed me to increase my riding distance between stops and made a huge difference. I thought about the Road Zepelin seat, but she and I both liked the Hammock so much that we decided to go and stick with it.

If you don't already have a rider's back rest, you might consider adding one of those also. I don't usually ride with one when I'm two up, but it has made a world of difference when running solo in the past. I have not added one to the new ride yet and haven't really felt the need to with the Hammock seat, but I have a feeling I will add one at some point down the road anyway.
 

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You need a firm seat, like a Corbin or something similar. A firmer seat will have you sitting on your hip bones. A softer seat will allow the hammock affect. This is where your hip bones will sink from the soft padding but in the middle doesn't sink as much and will apply pressure on your tail bone. Get a back rest also and adjust it to push your lower back forward some, this will force you to sit with better posture, which also will force you to sit on your hip bones.
 

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I have lower back issues and had to change out the stock RGU seat. I went with the cycle-pedic made by Rush. I bought their ST120 model which they currently have on clearance for around $200 shipped to your door. Don't let the price full ya it is a great seat. Original price for this model was around $600. They have stopped making this model and thats the reason for the clearance. Their new open channle model is a bit more pricey. I love the ST120 I have and it fits with the Harley adjustable rider back rest. Their link is: http://www.rushracingproducts.com/cyclepedic.html

Here is the link where I found the clearance information: http://www.hdforums.com/forum/rush-...-starting-jan-6th-2015-cycle-pedic-seats.html
 

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Let me ask you fellas that have the seat already, can any other seat be modified with that cutout to accomplish the same thing ? I'm looking to sell my LePera maverick daddy long legs seat in order to find or have a custom seat made and it hasn't sold yet so I was thingking if I should just send my seat out to LePera and have them do the channel to the seat. Or do you think whatever that Rush has come up with on this seat can't be replicated to an existing seat ?
 

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I can't help you with a place to get one, but I had a friend that had tailbone issues from falling off a horse. She had a custom seat made for her Road King that had a complete void in the middle. I'm guessing it was custom, she road that bike all over the South.

as far as the Road Zeppelin, I had the older model for years. I had it put on my 2000 Electra-Glide and it was fantastic. When I picked up the 16 RGU, I bought one with the bike. The one for the newer models is a complete waste of money. It has less air bladders, as in they did away with the tailbone bladders for the passenger and driver. It's just OK for now, later I plan on replacing it. Be nice if HD hadn't screwed up a good thing.
 

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I've used the air hawk quite some time ago before my tailbone accident and my intention was to extend my riding time and it was a complete flop. It lifted me higher in the saddle which meant I had to change the windshield again, wasn't giving me the comfort I was hoping for so I returned it back them.
 

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I test rode the Hammock and the Road Zeppelin seats and they did not work for me.

The Road Zeppelin would be great if you have very long legs. It makes you feel like you are on the bike instead of in the bike.

My suggestion to you would be to find a custom seat builder who can make a cut out for the tailbone area so you don't get any pressure on it. I know saddleman makes an adventure seat that keeps the weight off the tailbone. Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat | MotoSport

Otherwise, you might need to move to a Sport Touring style bike where the slightly forward lean takes the weight off your tailbone.
 

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I recently had back surgery and my surgeon said that my back is in pretty bad shape. Spinal stenosis and arthritis, the real problem for me is the tail bone,constant ache from calcium build up and arthritis. I need a seat for tail bone pain. Has anyone tried Road Zepelin air ride Harley seat, a little pricy but if it would help the pain might be worth it. Would appreciate thoughts and suggestions.
My issues are similar to yours; spinal stenosis and arthritis. Add to that a hip replacement and back surgery. Unfortunatley, seats are incredibly individual and the only way to really pick one is to order from a business like Dennis Kirk, who will accept returns, so you can try it. None of the Harley seats worked for me because everyone that I tried sat me higher and pushed me forward towards the tank. The Road Zepplin did not work, and simply contains too many working parts that I figured would fail at the worst time.

The seat that ended up working the best for me was the Mustang Super Tourer. Why? It's as wide as a tractor seat (almost 19 inches) and the increased width better distributes my weight and keeps it off my tailbone, plus it sits me back 1.75 inches giving me more room to strech out. I also sometimes use a Propad gel pad for really long trips, which allows air to circulate between me and the pad. That helps a lot. A backrest is also a must, and I ordered that with the Super Tourer.
 

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I have the Road Zeppelin seat on both of my roadies, put the first one on my 2008 4 years ago & still going strong with no problems. I also have back problems & this was the only seat that worked for me. When I picked up my FLTRSE3 two years ago one of the first things I upgraded was the seat replacing it with a Road Zeppelin. For me it's the best seat I have tried & the wife likes it. I have tried LePara, Corbin & different HD seats, wife hated all of them & none were as comfortable. First trip I did with it was 5000 miles to El Paso & back to Florida, averaged 700 miles per day. Go to HD and see if they still have demo program & try it out.


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You need a firm seat, like a Corbin or something similar. A firmer seat will have you sitting on your hip bones. A softer seat will allow the hammock affect. This is where your hip bones will sink from the soft padding but in the middle doesn't sink as much and will apply pressure on your tail bone. Get a back rest also and adjust it to push your lower back forward some, this will force you to sit with better posture, which also will force you to sit on your hip bones.
I agree. Even though it sounds counterintuitive, I recommend a firm seat. You want the weight on your hip bones, not your tailbone.
That is why you see bicycle racers with those narrow leather seats, they actually are supporting the hip bones are are surprisingly comfortable.
Three of my four bikes have leather Corbins on them, my Harley has a leather "Rallyrunner", which looks really good and is ok comfort wise, but the Corbins I have tried have it beat for comfort.
 

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I totally agree on the zeppelin seat being very durable and my wife enjoyed it as well but it did sit me higher and close to the tank. It was unfortunate that Harley did redesign that portion of the bike and my 2006 zeppelin seat could t work on my 2011. The new zeppelin seats are lower but don't have the capability of a backrest which helps in posture for the tailbone too. I went with the LePera maverick daddy long legs for the firmness and leg room but unfortunately the tailbone relief is still not enough and I'm in the process of working with LePera in cutting a channel in the seat like the Rush Cyclepedic seat. Not only a firm seat but also a metal seat pan is excellent for the hips compared to HD seats that have a plastic pan and flexes which gives the hips no support and the heavier of a rider you are the more the seat flexes.
 

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I have a Wild Ass seat cushion. That saved me while in Sturgis and for the ride back last year. I was on a custom seat on a Fatboy. Its pretty similar to that air hawk air cushion. But yeah, it does sit you just a tad higher, but not much that I think you'd need a new wind shield.

I have also heard a lot of good things about people sending their seat into Mean City Cycles, especially on this forum. Seems like customer service is huge with them, they listen to your needs and point you in the right direction to make you comfortable.
 
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