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Hi All,


I ride a 2002 Yamaha V Star 1100. The seat does not bother me; but my wife complains about it.

Ran across this website and wanted to see if anyone has done this to their bike seat?

http://geezerglide.auto.officelive.com/default.aspx

We have 20" of snow on the ground so I have some time to do it. Any thoughts or experiences would be helpful.

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call this guy, he is the HD guy.

we paid $300 for my wifes seat to be redone, and it was worth it.



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I agree with 04ctd---Mean City Cycles ---

http://www.meancitycycles.com/

I learned about him from several Honda VTX forums I am a member on, he is really popular with them. He is not only the HD guy, he is the VTX guy too! Since I have a Mustang on my VTX, I am going to have the seat on my 07 V-Star 1100 done by him in a few weeks. You can call them and talk to them, they are really easy to work with and will not try to oversell you. I was looking at a more expensive option for my seat, but after talking to him, he was up-front and honest, telling me with my size and when I was looking for, the cheaper alternative was the best for me.

One down side is his popularity, you do have to schedule your mod appointment in advance, but I have heard nothing but good things about his work and business practices from the VTX folks.
 

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i also plan to have my driver and passenger seats rebuilt with the foam, i have a 2000 vstar 1100 custom with stock seats. i eventually want to add a driver backrest some time in future
 

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I agree with 04ctd---Mean City Cycles ---

http://www.meancitycycles.com/

I learned about him from several Honda VTX forums I am a member on, he is really popular with them. He is not only the HD guy, he is the VTX guy too! Since I have a Mustang on my VTX, I am going to have the seat on my 07 V-Star 1100 done by him in a few weeks. You can call them and talk to them, they are really easy to work with and will not try to oversell you. I was looking at a more expensive option for my seat, but after talking to him, he was up-front and honest, telling me with my size and when I was looking for, the cheaper alternative was the best for me.

One down side is his popularity, you do have to schedule your mod appointment in advance, but I have heard nothing but good things about his work and business practices from the VTX folks.
I guess I'll be the 1st to say my seat was just as bad when I got it back as when I sent it in.
 

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I guess I'll be the 1st to say my seat was just as bad when I got it back as when I sent it in.
which setup did you choose? he has so many to choose from so maybe it just wasn't a good setup for your body or your seat, or to let us know which to avoid since i'm considering using this guy.
 

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which setup did you choose? he has so many to choose from so maybe it just wasn't a good setup for your body or your seat, or to let us know which to avoid since i'm considering using this guy.

It was modified based on the form you fill out. He should know better than me what it should be shaped to. My seat was no better, even after 1000 miles and there was the shape issue, no longer did it have its shape, looked almost flat with a bubble on top because the vinyl no longer was attached. I took the seat apart to see what he did and all he did was shave the seat down a little, put some foam on top. You can do that yourself for $20 bucks.
 

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You can do that yourself for $20 bucks.
i had to re-attach the vinyl back on my seat at one point and it was the biggest pain in the butt of anything i've done with my bike. i'd rather pay for it.

you say it was modified, but you do have to tell him up front if you just want your seat modified, add memory foam, or memory foam with a gel pad, etc. so if you didn't get any foam or gel or whatnot added to it, then that might be the difference.
 

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I sent my seat from my 09 1100 classic to Spencer at www.GreatDayToRide.com. He replies to email inquiries within 24hrs and has a 48 hr turn around. He rebuilds your seat to your size and needs. Very reasonably priced. Check out his web site. I was very pleased.
 

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i had to re-attach the vinyl back on my seat at one point and it was the biggest pain in the butt of anything i've done with my bike. i'd rather pay for it.

you say it was modified, but you do have to tell him up front if you just want your seat modified, add memory foam, or memory foam with a gel pad, etc. so if you didn't get any foam or gel or whatnot added to it, then that might be the difference.

memory foam was put in. Getting the seat cover on is simple, with a heat gun.
 

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i used epoxy and a staple gun. the hard part of it was keeping the vinyl stretched over far enough on the back side of the seat with one hand to stapele it down with the other. maybe a heat gun would have been better
 

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As promised in my previous post, here is a follow-up now that I have my modified seat done, on the bike and test-ridden.

My first impression as I sat on it was "gee, feels the same". I took the opportunity to take the Star down into Sacramento to see my Chiropractor, a 1 hour ride each direction. That is the advantage to living in the foothills, everything is an hour away :D

Before the seat was modified, I felt like I either had to sit on the tank, or on the contoured back of the seat--no position really felt comfortable. Now, there is a "sweet spot", a defined area for me to sit which is a lot more comfortable. They cut out some of the "contour" on the back, making the upward angle a little steeper and giving my tush a defined area to sit in.

While riding, the bumps did not transfer to my butt nearly as much as before. The memory foam reduces some of the "jarring" when hitting a bump, the smaller ones I could not feel at all. I felt I was sitting in the seat a little more, not on top of it.

After 1 hour, I still had not gotten the butt-burn, something that took about 20-30 minutes on the standard stock seat. I started feeling a little lower back burn on the last few miles of my return trip, but my chiropractor twisted me up pretty good so that may have been the cause.

I do have a Mustang Seat (with driver's backrest) on my Honda VTX1300 so I have a good comparison (although on a different bike). My modified seat isn't as comfortable as my mustang, but it didn't cost the amount a mustang does. It is however a big improvement on the stock seat feel.

In short, was it worth it? Yes, but I plan on using the Star as a primary commute (1 1/2 hour each way) and run-around bike only and probably won't be doing anything long-distance. If I was going to use it for long-distance rides, I would break down and buy the mustang seat for it. For the purpose I want it for, it will do good!

I hope this helps someone out when making a decision on what route to go, but keep in mind, your mileage may vary!
 
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