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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Proud new owner of a 2008 Stratoliner. My last bike - 3 years ago - was a Suzuki Volusia 800 and the power difference and size are pretty substantial. I'm looking forward to many miles of riding in the freaking hot and humid Houston, Texas area.
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Welcome from Columbus, OH!
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Oooh man! A Strat, one of my favs. Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. We have several members from the greater Houston area, Im sure theyd be glad to go cruising around with you. Glad you joined us!!


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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. I also love the Strats - powerful, classy bikes.
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I've had many years of trouble-free riding on my 2008 'liner and I wish you the very same!

Looks like you've got the original, stock, OEM, ass-murdering mutilation device attached. My advice is to 1) remove the seat; 2) set fire to it; 3) fill it full of lead from your favorite pistol as it burns.

I replaced mine with an Ultimate seat and it's been great. Heard good things about the Mustang options, too.

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Welcome from Katy, Texas. I live close to the intersection of West Little York and Fry Road. I can relate to the hot and humid weather we have. Today it showed 90 degrees with feel like of 95. It felt like that plus riding home today. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...on-garage.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ms-bike-month/

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ighlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...enced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

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From one Strat owner to another. Welcome from Sacramento, Ca.
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Welcome to the forum, I'm in the highway 290 / 1960 area. Nice looking bike there. Always glad to have another rider here in H town
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 08:34 AM
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Looks like you've got the original, stock, OEM, ass-murdering mutilation device attached. ...
Motorcycle seats are one of those things that are hard to get a handle on.

Some bikes (like my Royal Star) have a great OEM seat, some go numbutt in a 30 minute ride, and if you google any after market seat you find people that had great things to say and people that thought they wasted $500 on the same seat.

The thing is, like your helmet and boots and jacket, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone, because we all have different bone structure, different built-in self padding, different circulation...

There is a real market for a seat company to come up with a measurement seat that you sit on, it measures your bee-hind, and then 3D prints the perfect seat and foam and cover just for you.

I would suggest if anyone is not happy with their stock seat then go to the DIY motorcycle seat web page, read up on how to take your seat apart and modify it, put the cover back on, read some of the threads here, and then take a wack at it yourself. If you are not comfortable on your stock seat its going to end up hanging on your garage wall anyway, so you got nothing to lose.

It might cost you $50 to try to customize your seat yourself, and if nothing else you will learn what the issues are, what you need for your anatomy, and if it does not work out you will know what to look for in a custom seat.

But either way, if your butt goes numb do something. Nothing ruins a nice long ride more than that feeling that "I have to get off this bike NOW" when you really want to be riding.
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"Ass-murdering mutilation device' is my new favorite phrase!
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