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Author Topic: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test  (Read 880 times)

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Offline Hesh Jay

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Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« on: April 27, 2021, 06:49:53 pm »
Hey there,

I have a Saddlemen seat on my bolt that was on when it when purchased but after doing a 4 day ride and about 1000 miles it was not comfortable.  I love the look of the Saddlemen but would be willing to buy stock seat and run it for trips if ya'll think its more comfy.

Let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,
Jay



Offline Redbeard89

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2021, 07:40:11 am »
The stock seat is not comfortable at all. It is pretty stiff and doesn't have much cushion. I had issues with going numb in my legs and groin using the stock. You may try getting a butt pad to use on the longer trips? There's a lot of people that say Mustang seats are pretty comfortable, but I have never tried them. I ended up getting the Z1R Predator III seat, and like it quite a bit. I have been wanting to try a step up to see if I can get back a bit of leg stretch with it as the predator moved me forward a couple inches and pretty much negated the forward control kit I installed.

I have my stock seat still that I'd be willing to sell, send me a message if you want to make an offer.
Bolts n' Hoes

Offline Gr8

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2021, 07:59:44 am »
I rode on the stock seat for about 100 miles and got it replaced with Mustang seat the first chance I got. I have been using the Mustang seat for almost 3 years now, with about 3000+ miles, and can confirm that the seat is far more comfy than the stock one. I weigh about 175 lbs though.

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Offline Hesh Jay

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2021, 11:56:00 am »
Thanks for the feedback!

I ordered an air cushion from ebay to try out on the next ride, little expectations of changing my life but hopefully it will help a little when putting down a couple hundred miles in a day.  I will let ya know if it helps.

Take it easy!
Jay

Offline Redbeard89

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2021, 02:02:12 pm »
A lot of the old timers and road warriors I know told me that it is best to change up from using the pad to not using it a few times during a trip or else the pad is just going to get uncomfortable like the bare seat did. Ride an hour with the pad, then an hour without it, rinse and repeat. Hope it works out for you bud!
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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2021, 06:06:49 am »
I keep seeing questions like these. Peoples idea of comfort varies from one person to another. Best way to find out is try for yourself.

I personally find the stock seat comfortable as is (maybe the previous owner has really broken it in for me? ;D), too comfortable in fact that I'm in the process of shaving another stock one down in half to hopefully go firmer plus i like the look better.

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 08:59:31 am »
Thanks for the feedback!

I ordered an air cushion from ebay to try out on the next ride, little expectations of changing my life but hopefully it will help a little when putting down a couple hundred miles in a day.  I will let ya know if it helps.

Take it easy!
Jay
If the air cushion doesn't work for you, and you are a DIY (Do It Yourself) type, you might try adding (another) layer of Gel pad to the seat.  It comes various thickness and you can buy it on eBay and probably Amazon fairly inexpensive.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/393195823585?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item5b8c4c21e1:g:wksAAOSwJWFgUG5w&amdata=enc%3AAQAFAAACcBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%252Fn%252BzU5L90Z278x5ickkyMJZWL%252BqFSgQ3TOOe%252FNr7rNiqaJusIPO4eUUIzO3321nzBQWOr4BZpFTEuWCtnFtXJSfyd%252F3UpvKFtPh60wTPYRxTYwmi0yvyfcKv5sM4G6%252Bpne6Mz2WwKip5NCwYhptOb9HgzniH%252BXHj2vAUz5h%252Bv1doyn%252B9Gl0Gafsvhcudj3JQHz7DN79ZuIC%252FEYglbSmK8Qbh4s5x1%252F7TrL4bASS1UZJKwu8WYxsEC9EKHNf2alqYOZjzbvKwQjn0NJ9z2nCByF7rCoHnjH14bXSb47SnnxI2RO1NG%252FHPruiF0dfQWtYzl56%252FKLwGeCnXiOkqv%252F%252BjQbtT3Q0VhWOSMebLyI5aSpS5v9OAXzR4qSa8KW8%252BAer92YKs9t84gZGy1NbG6KsJrvEuYtsyCDA%252B2yIWSxypJZ1ODbU3aWd6JbPDfTWyGOg0c%252B3pWdcH7YUwJLY%252Frz8WYikw1qFWS3iKJ11zhvaF0FOxDlmL0to%252F%252FHhpGD6FuEcVb%252Fi30%252FOkmF7zpstDkqIIhBW219o1zGep2QqJZGn3gcfC%252F32sJhy16xiBdqLUx5UfS%252FNWoRWQNHsbTdTOonxXeRSdLrxTJu74QXWL7SANvDe9ARURc6DUVSO8zOpYKpMxiLrsODuRbblvve4%252FN25Hn5UYT9dxqQfwo89Jh20Y1U%252F9RQhnGzib4%252BJUoqIH75VuRGb5Zb7%252FP%252BUFByg1HEP5OE3RRLfVxSUePntvpSeuspytW842AomsbgMh00TpovEMrY4muDrcYuyRkgMyGvdlKc%252F0TseIWMMCAjSUWvjbw%253D%253D%7Ccksum%3A3931958235853cce749d75ea495c97a9755b0a78beb6%7Campid%3APL_CLK%7Cclp%3A2334524

https://www.amazon.com/Lisyline-Motorcycle-Absorption-Fatigue-Comfortable/dp/B07F43Y3R4/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=gel+pad&qid=1619787474&sr=8-5
 

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2021, 10:35:02 am »
Once again thanks for all the feeback!

Red Beard - I will try the on/off method makes sense in my brain, see if it makes sense on my big ol ass, haha.

Viken - Too comfortable! i have never had that issue, but it sounds like a good one.

DrM - I am handy, have made a few seat from scratch and upholstered them, good idea to add some gel. I am thinking my next move might getting a touring seat, maybe with that add some fart gels for comfort.

Thanks again Ya'll, hope everyone has a good weekend of riding!!!

Offline AlphaFury

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 01:35:27 pm »
I keep seeing questions like these. Peoples idea of comfort varies from one person to another. Best way to find out is try for yourself.

Agreed.

Asking about seat comfort will vary person to person. One person will say it's great & the next says its the worst seat ever. On comfort mods, you can hardly go by asking others opinions.

However I will say this. Stock seats typically do suck, but for whatever reason the stock bolt seat doesn't bother me, but that's just me. Mustang seats I have found to be the most comfortable in general and have had those on bikes in the past. Saddleman I have found to be very well made, but typically very firm. Saddleman makes saddle's (think leather horse saddles).

But, if you buy a seat on Amazon, try it out for a few days. If you don't like it, you can return it and try another one.   

Offline bonanzabolt

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2021, 07:15:36 am »
I've been riding the saddlemen step up for about 2 years and personally I think it's more comfortable by far. I have a lot of comfort issues about 40 mins in usually on the stock seat. The stock seat also sits a little lower than the saddlemen too.

Offline Hesh Jay

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Re: Stock Seat vs Saddlemen Step up - Comfort test
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2021, 11:26:30 am »
Thanks to all chiming in!

I just did a run up to Northern California from Long Beach, CA, about 1000 miles round trip on back highways. I bought a little air cushion and set up my gear for a back rest, worked pretty good. I did the cushion on/off and it helped. Still after 5+ hours of riding I could not wait to get off the bike. Probably the case for most bikes unless you are on a Goldwing or a new Adventure bike.

I actually met a guy at a lunch stop who has been riding across country on a Super Tenere, he said he can ride as long as he is awake in full comfort. Might need one of those in the ol stable if you know what i mean.

All in all, go ride your bike, sleep on the ground, get lost and have old timers talk your ear off. Its all fun!