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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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New Seat. What do you recommend?

Hi everyone. I have a 2003 V Star 1100 Silverado and my stock seat is killing my @ss and my passenger complains about the back seat. I really need something more comfortable and maybe with a driver back rest, but that's not a deal breaker. So, what do ya'll recommend?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 12:54 PM
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I've owned multiple seats. Mustang, Ultimate and Travelcade are the main brands. Recently purchased an 08 Roadliner and the first thing I bought (off this forum) was Ultimate seats W/driver backrest. I'm a big guy and the stocks seats have never worked out, especially on long trips. There should be some good deals available on Ebay or various forums on a set of good used seats for your ride. That's my experience for what it's worth. Good Luck.

P.S Passenger floorboards also make a big difference in comfort if you don't already have them.
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I put on the floorboards. That does help, but still need a seat. What about a gel pad? Have you tried one of those?
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I have a stock seat with memory foam and gel pad covered in alligator skin. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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I had a Mustang seat on my Valkyrie and it just seemed too hard. Took a 1200 mile trip to a rally in New Mexico and tried a gel pad on the way back. It helped but still wasn't comfortable enough for me.

I know aftermarket seats are expensive. There's a couple places that you can send your stock seats to have them redone at a lower cost. I've heard some good results. I think one company is called Pacific Coast? I'm sure there's riders on this forum who know more about that than I do. Hopefully, someone can give you the information.

Also, check in your area to see if any local upholsterers have experience doing motorcycle seats. I know it's common to add a layer of memory foam or even a gel insert.
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Where did you get that done?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 03:42 PM
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I'm in the market for a new seat also. I'm very seriously considering the Ultimate seat for two reasons - it fits just like the stock seat with no adjustments [at least for the 950s], and it comes highly recommended. The price is $540 for the solo seat with backrest [no studs]. Another option that I've heard that's less expensive is the Airhawk seat pad. I considered that but I want a more permanent solution, and should the Ultimate seat not work then maybe I'll look at an Airhawk.
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some riders use a removable sheep skin cover just for the longer rides, but for me i'm installing a gel pad under the upholstery, my iron but only get's sore after 200 miles on the 650.. i'v heard the 950s have real bad seats

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I like my mustang seat. It was kinda of hard at first but it got better as the miles rolled by. I'm looking at an Ultimate for my Strat when I get the coins saved up for it.

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Good morning guys---

Just a reminder, with Ultimate Seats, you've got 14 days from delivery/installation to make sure that you love the seat. If you don't, give us a call and let us know it's coming back. It's that easy. We don't stick you with a purchase that you aren't happy with.

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