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Old 02-24-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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R1150GS seat improvement

After 25 years of being out of biking while raising kids, I've jumped back in by buying a nice used 2002 GS. Funds are tight so an aftermarket seat upgrade isn't in the budget. Please let me know what the best bang for the buck is on helping the factory seat be a little more day trip friendly.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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I added a sheepskin buttpad. Works nice. Warm in winter, cool in summer.
I bought a used Corbin heated seat for it a couple years ago. I ride with this most of the time as the stock seat has a few tears in the faux leather. I find the Corbin a bit too wide for my skinny ass. For me, the stock seat is a bit more comfy. I might be up for a trade??
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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perhaps worth considering having it recovered with more padding in?Cheers Chris ps welcome back
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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I made my own pad

I went to IKEA, and bought one of the sheepskins that is almost tailor-made to fit motorcycle seats, and a grommet tool and some straps. For less than $30, it is a good improvement. I got the idea on this forum last year, don't remember who. If you are handy with dye you can make it match any shade you want.

It isn't commercial grade quality, but for the price, it is comfy and functional. Goes off and on is about 2 minutes. There when I want it, off when I don't.

My friends say it looks just like the ones you can buy.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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When I got my 2000 GS, it had been on the back of a snowbird's RV for 5 years, so the seat was toasted. Being in the same financial mode, I took it to a local auto upholstery shop, had them reshape the foam and recover with marine grade vinyl. Cost me $100 for both front and rear seats. That, and a Beadrider for warm weather riding, (go ahead and laugh... I don't care... my butt isn't all sweaty!)
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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Recover it locally

I've had a local guy redo (reupholster?) at least two of my Triumph Rocket III saddles; one stock and one custom solo. Both results were good for not that much $$$.

If I can't find a used aftermarket saddle (Corbin, Sargent, Rick Mayer, etc.) soon I may have my stock seat redone.

You'd be surprised at what some of the local craigslisters will do for an old seat.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:38 PM   #7
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Best bang for the buck--AirHawk seat pad. The secret is not to much air, just barely inflated. When I bought my 07 F650GS I had Sargent build a custom seat and my rear still hurt. So I came to ADVRider and after alot of reading I ordered the AirHawk and the bottom and the back pain problem were solved. So last September when I got a 2001 R1150GS the AirHawk was the first add on I ordered. It really gives the testicles an air cushion ride.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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I have a Russell seat that came with my GS when I bought it . I ordered an Alaska sheepskin that was internet ordered and then altered after a telephone call from Alaska sheepskin to make sure that I got what I wanted . Great customer service on her part . The skins are premium grade . I still ended up getting some work done locally to get it right .
If you get a sheepskin make sure it is big enough and a good grade skin .You can always cut some off ,but it is a reall pain to add some on like I did .
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:48 PM   #9
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Likewise for the Airhawk pad, a puff of air and my butt can sit on it comfortably for looong distances.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:00 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone, will probably start with the sheep skin route.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:14 AM   #11
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I got a couple pm's regarding the seat trade for the Corbin. Sorry for the confusions but I think I will keep the corbin while searching for a replacement stock seat. The corbin will at this point be used as a sale option in a couple years.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:43 AM   #12
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My wife and I both ride on Alaska sheepskins and its is just enough cushion and give to extend our time in the saddle every day. Great customer service and a quality product for cheap $$.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:51 AM   #13
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Midlifer! Hi and welcome to the madness.. I went with the Alaska Leather sheepskin butpad. It really helps. I saved my pennies through ebay sales on the last two bikes I owned and bought Corbins too. They are worth there weight in gold! But the Alaska Leather is a great start!


http://www.alaskaleatheronline.com/s.../Buttpads/Page
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #14
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I've been happy with the 1-piece stock Adventure saddle. I'm on my 4th one now.
These are narrower so allow easier dabs.

Sometimes can be had used for less than $100, then you just need brackets and the lock. Not as cheap as the beaded pad, but then it's doesn't look like a New York taxi either.

I've ridden a thousand miles at a time on the stock Adventure saddle two different times. Nobody died, and I was ready to ride the next morning.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:46 PM   #15
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