Got my seat back from Spencers. Very nice work. Some ok pictures can be found here.
- He cut a "wedding tackle" channel in the center of the seat to keep my "junk" from going numb. Similar to the anatomical bicycle seats.
- Underneath my spine/tailbone he placed a layer of thick honeycomb gel along the seat pan to reduce vibrations. (Foam is on top of gelÖgel is against plastic seat bottom.)
- Created a butt pocket with softer memory foam that enhances the vertical lip where the transition from passenger to driver seat is.
- He created a passenger center channel and butt pocket too.
- Shaved some foam from the front "horn" or ramped portion of the seat where it transitions into the tank. Also cut foam from the knees for better feel.
Just for reference: 6í tall 32Ē inseam 180lbs.
Aesthetically there is absolutely no difference to stock. That is a fact I totally love. I'm one of those people that like things to look stock, or at least look like how the OEM might have done it.
For the center channel he cut out the stock foam there and replaced it with much softer memory foam, and that really helps my ďjunkĒ not go numb like the stocker made it. My stock seat would numb me out from about 25 minutes or less, it was not comfortable to me.
When you flip it over and look at the seat pan you can see the blue gel silhouette. The gel has reduced the vibrations considerably, itís kind of an icing on the cake mod compared to the shaping and other work in my opinion. The vibrations never really bothered me before but since it was going to be shipped across the country I decided to just get the whole shebang. Iím very glad I did too as it certainly contributes to a much nicer ride. It definitely had more of an effect than I thought it would.
The butt pocket is probably my favorite addition to the seat. Itís comprised of the softer memory foam as well and molds to the shape of your posterior after a few minutes very comfortably. More importantly it allows you to be captured by the seat a bit and makes the ramped up transition to the passenger portion stand a bit more proud. The effect is a mini back, or ridge (still composed of the OEM firmer foam) to be pushed into when you hammer the throttle. My older Magna had this too but made by Corbin and I loved it. Itís an elevated level of confidence that Iím planted in the seat, put another way, I feel more in control.
For the passenger he also created a butt pocket and center channel as the ladies need this relief as well. The biggest reason for the passenger pocket is to keep the passenger from sliding forward and backwards. This additional modification was only $15. Sheís not been on the bike since the new seat mod but if there is anything to report Iíll update this. Last time I noticed her trying to slide herself backwards after each stop so I hope this eliminates that.
In the front of the seat it rather sharply inclines into a ďhornĒ of sorts. That has been slimmed out ever so slightly, and the sides of that horn (where your knees rest) have been thinned out as well. Not so much that you feel the plastic below or anything but it helps the feel when youíre cornering and pressing your knees inwards. Those of you hanging off the sides of the bike for 200mph hairpins will not benefit from this. Me however, the guy with nary a scrape on his pegs, much enjoys this. :rolleyes:
The whole process was very simple and I found his web site answered all my questions. Shipping from LA was pricy but the whole investment is still much cheaper than an aftermarket seat and this one looks stock but is custom made to my specs. Iím very happy with the cost and quality. It took about 8 days to get to him via UPS ground, and then I received an email from him informing me heíd received it. Just over 24 hours later he had modified my seat and sent it back out to me. 8 days later I got it back. That is a lot of down time for me; I quickly descended into a dark place, but was very happy to find a large familiar looking package on my door 2.5 weeks later.
When you first sit on the seat it feels slightly different but not that much. This is because he uses memory foam in the butt pocket and center and that stuff takes a few minutes to compress to your body dimensions. A short ride shows off how fine a job Spencers does. Iíve got a ride coming up in the first weekend of October up the coast of CA. Iíll be doing some fire roads along the coast (the old coast road Ė Highway 1 before highway one existed, circa 1930s) Winds back and forth, up and down, plus the paved Highway one too so thatíll be an excellent chance to put this seat through the paces. Iíll update my post after that too if there is anything new to report.
So all in all I am very happy with the Spencers Moto Care
seat mod. I hope this review helps someone! If anyone has any questions about it, or if youíre local and want to try it out, just give me a shout.
PS: I donít know how to post actual pics in the body of this? Mine are all at picasa, does that allow me to post on here? The link to them is above.
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