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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Seat pad

Hey guys. Just bought a v star 950. I've heard about gel pads for the seat. The seat kinda sucks after a half hour of riding. Anybody have any suggestions? I can't afford a whole seat.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 09:11 AM
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From a drunk driving accident I had 38 years ago I was left with two broken hips and now arthritis. I bought a Vstar this year and after reading a lot of reviews, I didn't even give the stock seat a chance, I had them install a Mustang Wide Tour seat, with pillion I think it cost $750.

I still was in pain after 45 minutes. Before starting our 3100 mile trip I knew I had to try something else or the trip would be miserable. In fact I wondered if I was going to be able to ride at all and maybe buying a bike was a mistake. Bummer.

I bought the Airhawk (original, not the II) I think it was $165 on Amazon. I've now crossed over 11,000 miles since May and it's been amazingly pain free. Our longest riding day was 12 hours (with stops) and it is perfect.

We usually stop at least every 2 hours for water, snacks and to stretch, but never from being uncomfortable. I think I could do an, "Iron Butt" qualifying ride on this thing, but I'm really into stopping and seeing a lot more than trying to see how many miles I can make. And we have almost never touched a freeway, all our trips are planned using two lane and forest roads.

I think I could have skipped the Mustang and rode a stock seat with the Airhawk. Bigger bummer !

Now planning next summer's first long trip, to Glacier & Yellowstone National Parks while touring Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

That's my experience, may not work for everyone, but being comfortable has been my most important mods.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Wow. Thank you for your suggestion. Yeah I saw those mustang seats and was like no way! Sucks to pay all that money and still not be comfy. I'll give he airhawk a try! Thanks
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-13-2014, 10:57 PM
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I just traded a 950t for a 1300t and had that issue with the 950 seat. I was told that it is a know issue with the shaping of the seat and pressure on the tail bone. There are a couple of companies out there that will reshape your seat and/or add more padding to it a lot cheaper than buying new seats. I had mine done by a guy named Woody in Florida and his company was called Geezer Glides. The other company I think is Pacific Coast Star. They just reshape the seat, Woody put a couple inches of memory foam in it and that did the trick for me. I tried Pacific Coast first because they had a ride it guarantee and although it was a little better it still wasn't good enough for me. I traded the 950t but kept the seat. It's listed for sale in the classifieds section if your interested.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2014, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ok wow. Thanks for the info. I'll check into that too.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2014, 12:12 PM
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Here is the info compiled for you:

Pacific Coast Star
3915 E Francis Ave. C #10
Spokane, WA 99217
http://www.pacificcoaststar.com/pcs/...ginal_seat.htm
509-466-3410

Geezer Glide Inc./Pillowtop Seat Company
http://geezerglide.com/
http://s417981418.initial-website.co...s-and-options/
Contact Woody - 407-222-6814

Here is the link to my 950t seat in the classifieds Woody did for me that is for sale:
https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=59113

Good luck and shout if you have any problems contacting either company.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 07:14 PM
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After my prostate cancer surgery, I bought the Harley Road Zeppelin air pad and have been very happy with it. It was cheaper than the Airhawk and you you can adjust it while in motion. The Harley pad is modeled after the "R" model as it has a channel thru center to alleviate pressure.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-20-2014, 01:50 PM
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If you are on a tight budget. Saw these this weekend at Cycle gear

http://www.cyclegear.com/SPEEDMETAL-Gel-Seat-Pad

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