Congrats, Dave, for the loss of weight.
Seats can be a problem. I've had Corbins (never again, too hard, too long to 'break in',) two custom built by the late, great Bill Russell-(very expensive, needed some tweaking, including a short ride from ATL to Northern California for a hands-on fitting); a Sargents (decent for the price) and a few more.
Before slamming your AmEx card to the wall, I'd suggest a simple AirHawk cushion. I bought one back in the early 90's, and between bikes, it'd see use in my home office. I have (still do) the old style hard bottom, hard back type chair you'd see in the old Mickey Spillane detective movies but the ArHawk made it a tad more comfortable.
When I dug it out of a box after buying the Strom, the cover on it was shot. A quick call to the AirHawk company and 4 days later a brand new cover arrived for maybe around 20 bucks. Looks brand new. Feels brand new. The AirHawk people on the phone were awesome too.
AirHawk cushions were originally designed for folks in wheelchairs to help prevent decubitus ulcers. One of my closest friends from my hospital days has been using AirHawks for over 30 years in his wheelchair, put there from a motorcycle accident he was involved in during his residency. Never had a skin breakdown. Never.
Mine is probably 20-23 years old yet it still holds air--never had a leak. The main trick with them is you put just a tad bit of air in them..usually one or two small 'puffs' is all you need.
For the cost of an AirHawk vs a good, custom built seat, you are talking maybe 150.00 (?) vs 450.00+ for a new seat.
I'd try an AirHawk first and play with it awhile. Heck, if you decide it is NOT for you, it can always be used in a different capacity somewhere in your home. If you really hate it (few ever do) then donate it to a local person confined to a wheelchair. ;-)
There's my 0.03 worth! :mrgreen:
Again, congrats!!!!!!! I bet your bike is even FASTER now too! :thumb up:
Make sure you get a strap for it too from AirHawk. They have been know to blow off if you decide to stand up on your pegs to stretch your legs while at speed on the freeways, but don't ask me how I know that.