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Old 01-25-2009, 08:31 PM
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As I am sure most of you ladies know by now the stock seat is VERY uncomfortable. Looking at some custom seats and wanted to know if any other women riders have any advice or comments.

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:30 AM
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Why stick to ladies only? Us blokes also suffer from numb bum.

Have you thought about trying an Airhawk?

I have one and without it I am twitching after about half an hour. With it I have completed a 1300km day and could have gone further, no worries at all.

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There's also a very cheap and nasty seat mod here.

http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=10...2760&startid=4 (a fair way down that page).

It should work even better with a lighter rider, after a month or so break in it's very good even with an overweight guy on the seat.

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I have a gel pad that I use when I have to but the problem with those type of cushions is that they raise me even farther up off the ground. I have lowering links on and still do not touch as easily as I should. I am 5'5".
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:59 AM
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You might want to look into sending your seat to Spencer in FL. I've heard great reviews on his seat mods. Planning on doing this myself this year.

Here is Spencer's web site: http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php
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I have a gel pad that I use when I have to but the problem with those type of cushions is that they raise me even farther up off the ground. I have lowering links on and still do not touch as easily as I should. I am 5'5".
I slipped the Gel under the foam, since it's two quite narrow strips the original seat foam moulds around it after a couple of days reducing the height gain to about half an inch.
However, at 5'5" - yeah I can understand the problem - you'll probably need to get the seat rebuilt with thinner but much better quality foam to achieve what you need.


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I have a gel pad that I use when I have to but the problem with those type of cushions is that they raise me even farther up off the ground. I have lowering links on and still do not touch as easily as I should. I am 5'5".
Well, that makes a difference as the Airhawk lifts you a small amount.

That said, I am 5'4", so did I the following, lowering links, removed the rubber blocks under the seat. By adding the Airhawk I lost a bit of that gain, so what I ended up doing was having the Airhawk air bladder installed under the seat, this was a success. I have since travelled over 45,000km with it and I have never had any issues with it and my bum loves it

You can see some photos here clicky

Cost wise, quite comparable, $180AU for the Airhawk, small cruiser model and $80AU to have it installed under a new seat cover etc.

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Though I am not a V Strom owner ( I'm very interested in buying one in the not too distant future), with my previous bikes I have had excellent results with Russell Çustom Seats. I have no financial interest in this company in any way.
It is a more expensive option, but is the most comfortable seat I have ridden. Web site is

http://www.day-long.com/index.html

Obviously having that kind of lateral support is going to make it more difficult to shift around. And the aesthetic leaves something to be desired.

IMHO YMMV.
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Well, that makes a difference as the Airhawk lifts you a small amount.

That said, I am 5'4", so did I the following, lowering links, removed the rubber blocks under the seat. By adding the Airhawk I lost a bit of that gain, so what I ended up doing was having the Airhawk air bladder installed under the seat, this was a success. I have since travelled over 45,000km with it and I have never had any issues with it and my bum loves it

You can see some photos here clicky

Cost wise, quite comparable, $180AU for the Airhawk, small cruiser model and $80AU to have it installed under a new seat cover etc.

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I prefer my fix, $20 and half an hour . It's seriously comfortable long term as well.

One other option, getting a bike seat recovered is something about any car upholstery shop can do. If you can find a spare DL seat second hand at a good price you can carve that up yourself and simply get it recovered. (Just stretch some heavy plastic (bag) over it while testing).

Buying quality foam is easy in the US. Sunmate http://www.sunmatecushions.com/ will sell you good quality memory foam. Just cut an appropriate sized hole into the centre out of the exiting seat and insert a chunk of memory foam. With care you can lower the overall foam height and still have something more comfortable than you started with.
The less foam you have, the firmer it needs to be, and it probably needs to be firmer than you think to start with - it'll "break in" with time.

There are several posts around on DIY seat fixes.

Or if you are brave, you can perform surgery on your existing seat . Normally I wouldn't suggest this, but given the height issue it's unlikely a "stock" aftermarket seat will work well either.

Peter

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We had a butt buffer put into the seat, $250 in all. My husband mostly rides the wee, so he elected for the modification to raise the seat by about 1/2 inch but you don't have to.

The pad is interesting - if anything I start to feel the saddle earlier, but then it doesn't really get any worse for hours and hours - have done more than 6 and you never get that feeling that you don't want to get off the seat because it will hurt too much! In other words it's not to make the seat comfy but it does offer good support. Link to the guy out in Oshawa (I think) is on buttbuffer.com.
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