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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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Seats are very subjective and there are a lot of seats and seat manufactures to choose from. What works great for one person doesn’t 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 don’t 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 they’ve worked with. Seats for the most part provide comfort on the those long rides but won’t take the jarring sensation away when you hit a bad bump or pothole. You’ll need to look at a good set of rear shocks for that issue.
 

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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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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 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.
http://www.lepera.com/v4_Touring_Models_Ness_result.php
 

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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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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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I have a Mustang Super Tourer,I had on my Street Glide,When I traded for my 18 RGS made sure it would fit also.My wife Likes it A lot,A very Comfortrable Seat that dose not push you ahead.I run my stock seat when Solo an when my wife goes Put the Mustang on an the sissy bar an shes Happy.The stock seats are no good for the passenger they taper back an She Slides back.Lot of nice seats out there But the Mustang dose the job for me.
 
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+1 on the Mustang. Go with the solo seat and a pillion. My wife loves her wide vintage passenger seat. I am ok with the front. I actually wanted to order the Wide Solo but inadvertently bought the Vintage Solo. Everything was out of stock at the time I was ordering. I am pretty happy with the vintage, just wanted a little further back and wider. Links to JP Cycles below.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/802-170/mustang-vintage-solo-seat

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/802-170/mustang-vintage-solo-seat
 

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I have the same bike and passenger complaint. The taper of the stock looks good, but fails to keep her happy. Dialed the stock rear shocks the best they get, the chart is pretty accurate(use the low shock chart). Mustang also has a Summit model, that was specifically designed for the rushmore line. This is what I'm considering to switch too. I have a Mustang Vintage seat on my '03 Wide Glide, and what a difference. I have used them over the years and the quality, fit/finish is excellent!
 

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I just purchased an Ultimate seat. They have 3 different rider positions available but the passenger seats stay the same. My wife was comfortable on a hammock I have and is comfortable on the Ultimate but the Ultimate is way better for me than the hammock. I hope this info helps.
 

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Has anyone bought one of mustangs custom seats? Curious to know how well they are done. And appearance. Looks good on the web site. Interested in the diamond pattern. I wonder if water could soak in to the seat more easily with all the extra stitching.
 

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I wonder if water could soak in to the seat more easily with all the extra stitching.
That's a good question. I bet it would let more water in. After a rain or washing my thighs get wet from water coming out the seams.
I wouldn't think a diamond pattern would be comfortable for the long haul. Seams cause pressure points for me. Keep in mind, I've not rode one their diamond seats so have no experience with them but I just know that seats with seams hurt after a long ride.
I'd be curious what you come up with if you go that route.
 

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If your wife (or anyone) has a bad back, there's only so much a new, expensive seat can do when the motorcycle has only 2 or 3 inches of suspension travel and the roads are as bad as they are in most places. As mentioned above, a set of premium shocks will make more difference than you can believe in the comfort of the ride. The Ohlins I put on my RG will still let the potholes through, but have eliminated the constant pounding that I was getting from the smaller road imperfections.
 

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If your wife (or anyone) has a bad back, there's only so much a new, expensive seat can do when the motorcycle has only 2 or 3 inches of suspension travel and the roads are as bad as they are in most places. As mentioned above, a set of premium shocks will make more difference than you can believe in the comfort of the ride. The Ohlins I put on my RG will still let the potholes through, but have eliminated the constant pounding that I was getting from the smaller road imperfections.
True. You need to get your suspension sorted out before focusing on different seats. The stock 12" rear suspension on a RGS is inadequate, to say the least.
 

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That's a good question. I bet it would let more water in. After a rain or washing my thighs get wet from water coming out the seams.

I wouldn't think a diamond pattern would be comfortable for the long haul. Seams cause pressure points for me. Keep in mind, I've not rode one their diamond seats so have no experience with them but I just know that seats with seams hurt after a long ride.

I'd be curious what you come up with if you go that route.


Not an issue on either issue. Unless you can feel the seams on you r pocket or on your jeans, you do not feel the diamond stitch. As for water in the stitching, if done right, they do not go that deep into you seat. I had my mustang solo done and I get no more water than before. I will say my experience has been that the seat fits my needs better then off the shelf. I am by no means an iron butt guy, only 500 - 600 a day max. I will say, when I added the manhood channel to let the boys rest and the extra bedding for my pointy arse, my thirst stops me before my comfort.




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