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Author Topic: Best seat for height adjustment  (Read 783 times)

Rusty

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Best seat for height adjustment
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:11:53 PM »
Okay - somebody has to know - I need to lower my Strat with an after market seat. Have read the forums and there are many opinions. Hoped to condense and get opinions from Strat owners. I have a 2006 and it is all stock. I need to know who makes the most comfortable reduced height seat out there. Mustang - Pacific Coast - Ultimate Seats??? The opinions vary as to whether there is a height reduction or not. And there is the comfort question. The "potato chip" sounded good but some say they cannot sit in it for over an hour. I ride 4 to 8 hours usually. 5' 5" and 150 pounds - but I can be mean! I prefer to not use a frame lowering kit - have installed the Michelin Commander II - that gave me about 1/2 an inch. Thanks in advance.




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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 10:18:39 PM »
Okay - somebody has to know - I need to lower my Strat with an after market seat. Have read the forums and there are many opinions. Hoped to condense and get opinions from Strat owners. I have a 2006 and it is all stock. I need to know who makes the most comfortable reduced height seat out there. Mustang - Pacific Coast - Ultimate Seats??? The opinions vary as to whether there is a height reduction or not. And there is the comfort question. The "potato chip" sounded good but some say they cannot sit in it for over an hour. I ride 4 to 8 hours usually. 5' 5" and 150 pounds - but I can be mean! I prefer to not use a frame lowering kit - have installed the Michelin Commander II - that gave me about 1/2 an inch. Thanks in advance.
Rusty, I purchased a E.D. low rider seat about two years ago. It lowered me about 2 inches from a Ultimate standard seat. It also moved me about 2 inches forward from the same seat. I am 5'10" and 155lb. It's a little on the lean side for softness as the Ultimate had more foam bit that's what happens when you go to a low-rider. I have a air- rider gel pad I carry in my saddlebags if I need it on long rides. I am comfortable riding just the seat 7-8 hrs. Good hunting, Bill45

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 02:13:48 AM »
take your seat to someone that does motorcycle seats and they can shape to your prefernce. much cheaper than after market and it will fit you.     edd's auto trim @ seat outlaws-715 E. spring ST. Cookevill, TN. 38501. phone # 931-526-2208.  good luck

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 08:04:11 AM »
Thanks, guys! 7-8 hours sounds good and will follow up with seat outlaws.

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2017, 09:52:09 PM »
I have a Danny Gray buttcrack solo and it is narrow near the tank and about one inch lower than stock.
I did do a lowering kit that is about another inch lower, but with a 30 inch inseam I am flatfooted at stop with a bend in the knee.
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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 10:27:39 AM »
Any seat you get requires the rider to have his butt in shape for riding and you have to be used to the seat. Here are seats I've tried: Corbin lowering saddle, Corbin Hollywood Solo, Mustang, Ultimate lowering, Danny Grey Butt Crack solo with air hawk bladder and Pacific Coast Star Potato chip.

Verdict for my butt was the Potato Chip. Even tried the Ultimate a week after pulling a 740 mile day on the way back from Sturgis "and no soreness with the chip". Girlfriend wanted more cushion and I wanted the seats to match so I bought drivers and passenger because they looked good. Road 60 miles and was looking for a stop to get off the Ultimate. Wasn't enough support for me and believe it or not, too much padding can cause issues and heat if you pull long miles.

Would a soft seat feel good if you haven't been riding enough to be in shape? Yes

Will I trade my Chip for looks again? Not on my life.

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 03:56:41 PM »
Great suggestions from all - thanks, again. The Potato Chip does look good on the bike - just afraid 5 to 6 hours would get uncomfortable for me. Very similar to horseback riding, IBGearhead. A hard saddle is easier on the butt than a soft saddle for experienced riders, long rides. The soft saddle allows too much movement. Same theory, I guess.

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 10:40:50 PM »
The potato chip has a buy it try it and return it in 30 days  if you don't like it.

Hard to beat that. Only out shipping to try a saddle.

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 05:15:56 PM »
IBGearhead - good suggestion - thanks. I found a cheap stock seat on eBay because I wanted to keep the original two tone for bike resale though I DOUBT that will happen for a long time! Just as I was getting ready to decide on the "chip", I found an excellent talent in a local upholsterer that only does bike seats. She took my spare and trimmed the foam until I was completely satisfied - will now hollow it out and install a 1 inch thick gel pad. And very creative - I now have a custom seat coming and know what I am getting. And it looks kick butt awesome, reasonable price.

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2017, 02:21:12 PM »
I have tried some of the seats that are mentioned, But have found the best is a S1R flame stitch solo or a two up Parts unlimited. The Z1R will lower you about 1" and move you forward 1". The Parts Unlimited will lower you a little more plus has good lumbar support plus comes with a drivers back rest, plus they are very comfortable. They can be purchased on E-bay

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2017, 09:44:09 PM »
I'll chip in what I did, because I could not find any ready made products for some reason. My inseam is 29 inches.

I purchased from Bikestrippers a stock solo seat. I carefully removed the upholstery. I cut off the sides of the plastic seat pan and contoured them to match the frame on the bike to make the seat narrower. I cut the nose down on the plastic seat pan a bit and heated and reshaped it so the line of the tank blends into the saddle with the upholstery on...that part was a bit tricky.  I had to glue some foam pieces back in the nose just to keep the upholstery looking good and fitting nicely against the tank. I then started shaving the foam a little at a time over the course of three weeks to make sure I was doing the right thing. I did not shave any foam off the back part of the saddle, I just concentrated on where the butt cheeks go and also keeping a nice line with the tank. You can see the bikes frame rails under the seat but it looks normal. When I was satisfied I stapled the cover back on...a bit wrinkly on one side but nobody notices.

This has ended up putting me slightly forward and much lower. This in combo with the 1 3/4 " lowering links and the shock spring cranked 4 turns has made this bike a lot more manageable on uneven ground, the suspension sitting just right at this low height with a 150 -165 pound rider (and even a passenger) still has ample ground clearance but a stiffer ride. It also has me looking more through my windshield, which I actually like, but I can still look over it. And yes, I can flat foot, but it is still hard to straddle and walk the bike if it is a little up hill. I'm too chicken to stand beside the bike to push it. I had a shorty kickstand because I anticipated a problem with the bike being too upright on the kickstand. The shorty was too short, I have no problem with the stock kickstand.

Happy New Year!

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2017, 10:41:48 PM »
Sounds like a solution that works for you, Risky. I am afraid to install the lowering links as I have occasionally dragged under my footrest as is. My inseam is also 29 inches and with my adjustments made, I am now in the habit of scooting forward when stopped and am flat footed. Have sat on many bikes with a lower stance (HD) but just cannot give up on my Strat. All second nature now - my seat has been heavily trimmed similar to yours and still very comfortable for an all day ride - gel cushion insert does work!

Happy Hew Year to all - safe riding this winter and spring will be her before ya know it!

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Re: Best seat for height adjustment
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 04:54:22 PM »
do the lowering kit you will not regret it. It's only 1 to 1.5".  drive sinceable and you wont drag those boards. those curves could the end of you and your bike if you meet someone on the wrong side.