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post #1 of 25 Old 05-23-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My butt hurts...seat help please!!

After putting 650 kms on my '04 over the last two weekends I give in. I gotta do something to my seat. I have looked at the threads here and it seems that everyone likes their corbin dished seats. But the comments also indicate that the dished seat lowers the effective sitting position. I am 6'5" and do not want to lose any height. I even put eagle mike's RAISING links in and like the taller size.

My tailbone is the real issue. It is sooooo sore. Anybody have any ideas or solutions for me? I plan on continuing to put on the miles and it would be great to have a more comfortable ride.

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-23-2011, 07:51 PM
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A flat seat, rather than a dished seat, will allow you to move around more. Do you have highway pegs? They offer a lot of comfort possibilities on longer rides - being able to stretch out and shift the weight off of your tailbone, etc...

I think just about any after-market seat option will have a lower pad height than stock, but the foam is stiffer and doesn't compress as much as the stock seat and allows more weight to be carried by your thighs.

FWIW, I've been using THIS for about 23,000 miles now, and find it to be comfortable and worth the $120.00 expense. Pretty easy installation if you have a heavy-duty staple gun.

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post #3 of 25 Old 05-23-2011, 07:59 PM
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If your 6'5" you definitely don't want the Corbin dished seat! I'm only 5'9" and it gave me bent knees, plus if you have longer legs the dished seat wont allow you to slide back on the seat for a more comfortable position. I have a Seat Concept's seat and I really like it, it's 4" wider than stock and seems to really take away the pressure points that the original seat produced. I haven't taken any long rides on it yet but it seems waaay comfier than the stocker. I have never tried one, but I've heard nothing but good things about the Sargent seats. With your height I would go for the stock height. I know some people like their Corbin Dual Platfroms but for me it was the most uncomfortable seat I ever had on a bike... So much so that I ended up selling it and going back to stock until I bought my Seat Concepts kit. Hope this helps!

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post #4 of 25 Old 05-23-2011, 08:04 PM
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I'm in the same boat Lizardrider. After putting on nearly 1000 miles (1600kms) this past weekend, my arse was about square. Think someone compared it to sitting on a 2 X 8. In an attempt to prolong spending big money for a quality seat, I bought a Sterns ATV pad to try but I have my doubts (haven't tried it yet). The Corbin seats seem to have a love/hate relationship from what I have read. Seems the folks that love them are the ones that drive in and wait for them to be made while the haters order them and have them shipped. I'm still out to lunch on who's brand to buy but Russell Day-Long Seats are at the top of the list so far. It all boils down to... if your arse ain't happy, you ain't happy.

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post #5 of 25 Old 05-23-2011, 08:49 PM
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Lizardrider -

I made my own seat; sort of a copy of the Corbin, I guess.

Cutting one inch off the top of the seat to give me a place to start from, I made it much wider than the stock ass hatchet and used a firmer foam to replace the one inch I cut off.

Essentially, wider and firmer will be much more comfortable for you.

The Stearns pad, or a sheepskin will do similarly and my help quite a bit.


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I'm with lockjaw on this one. I got a Sargent and love it. No pains at all. And it nice and wide and flat so I can move around on it to my hearts content and find a nice comfortable position.


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I have a custom Corbin flat that is about an inch taller than the stock seat. At 6'5" a higher seat would be a benefit to you. The stock seat angles up from front to back and it was torchure on my backside. You'll find that most aftermarket seats are fairly level compared to the stock seat.
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I bought the Sargent and it is NOT what I hoped for. I am having to rest every 30 to 40 miles. It IS better than stock. I am 6'1" and 308. So be aware that may work for one rear my not for another
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post #10 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 12:17 AM
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It would be best if everyone giving advice about seats if they would state their Weight and Height. Doesn't do much good to hear how good a seat feels from a 165 pounder to a 235 pounder or the reverse.

Me 220 lbs and 6'
I have Corbin seat and it has been adjusted twice. This seat was custom built for me at Corbin and not an off the shelf. The longest I have ridden it was 700+ miles returning from San Diego.
I would give the Corbin a 4 of 5.

Other seats are better and other seats are worse. I find underwear (seams) to be as much a problem as the seat is.

You will find guys that want you to have the same seat as theirs. The same front fender, same grips, same tires, same, oil, same color... take the time and make the seat yours. Custom made is the best but not everyone lives close to a seat builder. MB(4) has a good seat builder that asks a lot of questions to match the seat to the rider.

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