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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2009, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all, I'm starting to do a bit of research into the best possible seat with particular focus on the passenger accomodations. I've had my bike long enough now that I know I'll be keeping it (or another just like it but newer) for many years. I have it set up how I like it and am very happy with the Gel seat that I installed last year. Lately however, my wife has been with me on more rides than usual, and we've both kind of enjoyed sharing the hobby a bit more. On most rides of a shorter duration (half days), the bike is entirely satisfactory. If they get any longer the seat just doesn't cut it. The bride clearly needs a bit more comfort and I could use a bit more room as well, since she tends to slide forward a bit. Any experiences out there with seat recommendations for two up riding? I've heard that Russell is tops but I'm wondering if there are other models that some of you have found to be an improvement for two up stuff.

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Hey all, I'm starting to do a bit of research into the best possible seat with particular focus on the passenger accomodations. I've had my bike long enough now that I know I'll be keeping it (or another just like it but newer) for many years. I have it set up how I like it and am very happy with the Gel seat that I installed last year. Lately however, my wife has been with me on more rides than usual, and we've both kind of enjoyed sharing the hobby a bit more. On most rides of a shorter duration (half days), the bike is entirely satisfactory. If they get any longer the seat just doesn't cut it. The bride clearly needs a bit more comfort and I could use a bit more room as well, since she tends to slide forward a bit. Any experiences out there with seat recommendations for two up riding? I've heard that Russell is tops but I'm wondering if there are other models that some of you have found to be an improvement for two up stuff.

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I have a Corbin, and both the wife and I like it. However, in your position I'd go straight to Russell. Get the leather.

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second on the Russel (and leather), my wife and I put 50,000 + on one I put on our last bike. Worth every nickel. Go with their suspension for the passenger.
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I have a Corbin, and both the wife and I like it. However, in your position I'd go straight to Russell. Get the leather.
The Russell is a great seat. One thing about the leather, it get's slippery as it wears in. I had a leather on my R1200RT, my pillion had a terrible timessliding on it. I got vinyl on my HD, it's not nearly as slippery. She prefers it. When you order the Russell you send a picture of you and your pillion on the bike, they make the seat to fit you both.

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I'd agree on the Russell, especially if you get it fitted for both you and your passenger. I can easily go 12+ hour days and never even think about my butt, it never bothers me.

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Put me in the Russell camp. We tried a home-built seat, a Sargeant, and a Corbin, and none of them were much good for the passenger.

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