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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Custom seats for short riders

I've done a bit of searching on the forum about custom seats and have not found what I'm looking for on this subject. I realize that it is a very subjective subject, but I'm looking for opinions from riders who are around my size (5' 8", 30" inseam) or less who have purchased custom seats. My questions:

What makers have worked well for you (responsiveness, time to deliver, etc)?

How has the height of the seat been affected? I know, it generally makes the seat higher, but is that always the case?

What has been the cost?

After buying the seat and riding for awhile has it lived up to your expectations for long rides (multiple hours)?

Thanks for your help! :mrgreen:

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Well since your local I will invite you over to the house to take a look at the wife and my seats they were both done by Rich's custom in Kingston. He did hers based on pics but lowered it substantially. She loves it. Mine is a complete redo so it fits me perfect. Will probably be to tall for you. Hers was a little over 220 and mine was just under 600. Just give me a pm if you would lime to come out and I will send you our info. We live by Fairchild.

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Rich has a good eye for rider positioning. Unfortunately it is getting into his really busy season, but call them and see what their scheduling might be. Rich move me up & back for my long legs, I didn't know to suggest that, and now the bike fits me better.

Have you installed lowering links and dropped the front to improve your fit?

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I bought a K8 Vee a few weeks ago - had the dealer swap seats with a new Wee that was on the showroom floor. I bought and installed some Kevin Baker 3/4" lowering links and dropped the triple clamp down the fork tubes about the same 3/4". I am 5'7" and have a 29" inseam so seat height is a BIG deal to me! Well, with the preload on the shock backed right off, and a pair of waterproof hiking boats on, I can just about flat foot it. Certainly can do it no problem with my tiny SO on the back seat and a couple of bars of preload dialed into the shock spring. I actually find the seat pretty good - lots of people complain about the Strom seats, but I rode for years on a stock GL1100 seat (the WORST seat ever made!) so what do I know?! I have ordered a sheepskin cover for it to keep me from being "stuck" to the vinyl, but think it will work out just fine. And, I can spend the "seat money" on some other nice farkles!

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Jim, I'll take you up on your offer as soon as the weather cleans up (assuming they're right about the nasty weather this week). It'd have to be after this week anyways. I'll pm you about it.

I don't really have any desire to lower the bike as I'm perfectly comfortable the height it is now. I'm just curious about how much a custom seat might raise the height. I looked at Rick Mayer's site as an example and he makes a "low" version for the strom, so it's at least possible. I went riding last Saturday with a guy who has a Rich's seat and it's very nice. So that makes about 3-4 people locally that can speak well to his quality.

Thanks for the information folks!

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Not a problem after the weather clears will be just fine. She put a wee seat on her bike and it was still a bit tall. We think that he dropped that about a couple of inches further beyond the standard height of the wee seat. And she still says it is comfortable.

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