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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Aftermarket seat for a v star 1100 custom

Hello Yamaha enthusiasts,
I have read a lot of threads about which new seat to buy but inevitably it comes down to personal preference. The big three seem to be Mustang, Corbin, and the Ultimate Seat. I am 6' 3" tall and over 300lbs. The stock seat on my v star stops being comfy after an hour of riding. I have sat on another v star with a Mustang seat, and although comfortable, it changes the ride position by seating the rider 1 and a half inches forward. So here is my question. Can anyone recommend an aftermarket seat for a man of my size that is comfortable without moving me closer to the gas tank?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 07:52 PM
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Option list is short for an aftermarket seat with stock seating position. That I'm aware of Ultimate and ED seats are the only ones. Both have had good reviews here. I'm 5'5" or so and weight less than half of you so my opinion might not count. I've had an Ultimate seat before and loved it. Your other option which can be a lot more cost effective and with good results is to take it to a local upholstery shop and have them redo the padding. Keep us informed on your decision.
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I went with an E.D. seat.
Had an Ultimate on a previous bike & liked it, but it does require some maintenance

5"9'' 260

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I am 6' 5" and 280 and I have the Ultimate Mid on my stratoliner and I rode it 445 miles stopping only for gas and drinks. I didn't start getting tired butt till about 380 miles into the ride. Also this was only the second day on the new bike, so I still had to find my comfortable spot.
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5'10" 340 I've got the ultimate seat as well, and it's a great seat for us big guys. It doesn't change seat position at all as far as I can tell. And long distance definitely doesn't hurt anymore.

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I went with an E.D. seat.
Had an Ultimate on a previous bike & liked it, but it does require some maintenance

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I’ve had an Ultimate seat for 15 years, and am curious...what is the “required” maintenance?
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Thanks for your responses, especially from the bigger guys. When you don't fit in with the standard sizes, sometimes it's difficult to find what you are looking for. I'll let the forum know what seat I end up with once I've made my purchase.
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I’ve had an Ultimate seat for 15 years, and am curious...what is the “required” maintenance?
When I bought it, I was told not to get it wet, or sit in the sun due to it being made of leather.
So if it was going to rain, or sit in the sun for an extended period, to use the seat cover.

Also, the leather needs to be conditioned occasionally.

I used it for1 season, when I sold the bike, I gave the buyer the option of purchasing the seat also, which he did. I also gave him the stock seat.
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I haven't done this on my classic yet but the stock seat on my 1800 VTX was the same exact rock. My tail bone gets sore. What i did on that vtx was put a piece of sheep skin on it.

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Adding to the conversation, I bought an Ultimate with a back rest (important for me) and it has been absolutely great. I did a cross country ride and back spending some long days in the saddle and no issues at all. I used to be 6', now I'm probably down an inch at 195 lbs.
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