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Post  Stromcat on Wed 01 Oct 2014, 8:25 pm

I cannot work out whether my 1250 seat is too soft or too hard.I can ride for 200 miles without much problem but then the arse ache starts setting in.I am thinking of letting a local seat guy put some gel pads and a non slip cover on the seat,both front and pillion.What do you guys think about the gel option?
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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 01 Oct 2014, 8:48 pm

@Stromcat wrote:I cannot work out whether my 1250 seat is too soft or too hard.I can ride for 200 miles without much problem but then the arse ache starts setting in.I am thinking of letting a local seat guy put some gel pads and a non slip cover on the seat,both front and pillion.What do you guys think about the gel option?
Suzuki's own gell seat is a ripper by all accounts. There are a few on here who have them.
Personally I never had a problem with the OEM seat.

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Post  paul on Wed 01 Oct 2014, 11:59 pm

I must have a cast iron butt also , as I don't have a problem .I did however get a lambswool cover to use for my wife on longer trips .

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Post  BanditDave on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 7:17 am

@paul wrote:I must have a cast iron butt also , as I don't have a problem .I did however get a lambswool cover to use for my wife on longer trips .

So the lambs wool cover is a substitute Shocked Shocked

Are you from NZ Paul?

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Post  paul on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 8:46 am

Just baaad wording maaate ...bloody red wine !Hmm mind you the lambswool would still keep me warm on cold nights without any of the grief LOL ..............uh oh maybe I had better look into my ancestry  Shocked  Embarassed  Razz

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Post  BanditDave on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 9:53 am

Isn't it sad. We blame the red wine not the imbiber just like we blame the bike for the speeding ticket.

I have "stumbled" onto an every day red wine which I try to not drink every day.
It is Hardys Stamp of Australia 1 litre in Shiraz, Cab Sav and Merlot. $6.60 from Dan Murphy.

BTW I have noted your last post was at 8.46am probably time for you to be at work making money and more importantly, paying taxes. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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Post  paul on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 6:59 pm

@BanditDave wrote:Isn't it sad. We blame the red wine not the imbiber just like we blame the bike for the speeding ticket.

I have "stumbled" onto an every day red wine which I try to not drink every day.
It is Hardys Stamp of Australia 1 litre in Shiraz, Cab Sav and Merlot. $6.60 from Dan Murphy.

BTW I have noted your last post was at 8.46am probably time for you to be at work making money and more importantly, paying taxes. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
I see you have cheap taste as well ( our liquourland does a magic SE aust no label selection ) BTW it was only 8.16 am here ...............How come you get out of paying taxes ?

Stromcat Airhawk seat pads are also popular with some riders & are removable as well. Very Happy
http://www.airhawk.com.au/

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Post  Chook on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 8:24 pm

Ive got a lambswool cover as well, I didn't mind the seat as it was but the cover makes it much better after a few hours in the saddle
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Post  reddog on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 9:47 am

Sargent seat with air hawk is for want of a better word awesome. See if you can test someone's before shelling out $500
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Post  Ulsterkiwi on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 1:31 pm

I got a custom job done on my seat. I only have the bike a wee while but have done a 3000km trip on it. Halfway through I got the seat repaded and recovered. The guy who did it has a great rep in NZ. He explained the common mistake made by the manufacturers was their insistence on using materials that are too soft. Over the course of a long ride, you sink more and more into them, eventually you are sitting directly on the pan, not nice! I guess for a 30 minute test ride its not such a problem.
Anyway, the second half of my trip was a very different experience thanks to the seat remodelling. The stock seat is not bad per se, but it can be greatly improved on.

I looked at add ons and off the shelf replacements (shipped from the US typically) = mucho dollars. For not a whole lot more I got a seat customised to me, covered in a vinyl of my choice which is built to take local conditions.

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Post  jstava on Tue 07 Oct 2014, 12:58 am

I agree entirely with the opinion of that Kiwi.  Stock Suzi seat is a great seat for me where the rides are short (100 - 150 kays) but always find on longer rides that I end up settling to one spot and no amount of wriggling around will keep me from settling into that spot.  It ends up feeling rock hard after a while. After several hundred kays, all I want to do is get off it.  

A while back I got a second-hand Corbin which was cheap.  Well, not REAL dear like they usually are, anyway.  I rode around on it a bit and was not sure I liked it, so took it off.  It was lower, than stock, with a larger pillion rise, or does it just look like it? Wider, flatter, and I just didn't really like it for getting around locally.  I think the thing that put me off the seat initially was the fact that when I put my feet down, the edge of the seat was very apparent. Went on a 1000 kay trip on the weekend - two 500 kay days, and then some.  Observed, when I put it on, that it was considerably harder than the stocker.  Considered not using it, then left it on in the end. Good choice.  The bum was not an issue, and it allowed me to move around more without any of the "settle into the one spot" issue, in spite of the mostly straight, boring roads, where one would not be inclined to move around much if at all.  I'm convinced of the value of firmer, not softer, but then the flatter shape might have something to do with it.  Comfortwise, it's very good, but seems very hard to touch, compared to the stocker. 


I'm short, at 168 cm.  Access to the ground is important.  I am OK with the height of the stock seat mostly because of the the way it is cut.  I've got good access to the ground due to the narrowness of the mid/front area, but this seems to be that area which provides "that spot" from which one does not move once you settle into it.  The lower Corbin doesn't really provide any better access to the ground due to its shape and hardness at the edges, but has great comfort over long periods of time, and if I slide back to the rear of it, I don't immediately slide forward. 


Harder not softer is the go.       

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Post  Bosco15 on Tue 07 Oct 2014, 3:09 am

+1 on the Corbin experience,  Jstava. 
Chris and I rode 670km yesterday.  Chris had the Corbin and said that she felt fresh as a daisy in the bum comfort department.  
I have riden the bike and found exactly what you described. The Corbin seat is very firm and has more of a saddle design,  like a horse saddle, but the edges get in the way when I put my feet down. A small tradeoff for long distance comfort, I say. 
I rode a stock 1200 seat with sheep skin and was starting to experience pain in my inner thighs.

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