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Old 03-26-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Scooter Seats?

I'm transitioning to scooters. Almost every motorcycle I have owned in 23 years I've added an aftermarket seat, often a Corbin, Sargent, Mayer, or Spencer? I test rode the new BMW C650GT 40 miles and my butt was killing me. So it seems the BMW is so new that there aren't any seat alternatives. But what do I know? Who else makes scooter seats? I loved the scoot. But, if i buy the GT now, I'm not in the mood to wait for Corbin while I ride in pain, been there done that. My next choice is a Silverwing because I have a great local dealer and Corbin already makes a Silverwing seat. Should I be checking out other makers for scooter seats?
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Have you tried an Airhawk seat pad? A little fiddley to get set up, but did the do for me on a number of bikes.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Have you tried an Airhawk seat pad? A little fiddley to get set up, but did the do for me on a number of bikes.
Not tried an Airhawk. I have tried various jell pads, sheep skins, and the like, none worked for me better than the factory seat. Still if you want an aftermarket scooter seat, are there any other options?
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Just to say, the Airhawk behaves very differently than any other pad I've seen. It's based on the same technology used in hospital beds to prevent bedsores and other circulatory issues. I thought it would be crap, but it really works when touring (seated most of the time.) It's crap dual-sporting, but really isn't intended for that.

I've had good luck with a local seat shop that also does car interiors. The guy really knows his way around. He's charged me anywhere from $75 to $150 to build custom seats with custom foam and covers. All of them have been better than the stockers or the Corbins I've tried. After my last dealings with Corbin, they'll never get my business again. Big disappointment, after I waited eight months. Unfortunately, it's a hell of a hike to here from Cajun country.

http://pointcomfortcottages.com/dane...stery_pictures

There are some places on line that will sell you high-density memory foam. Inserting this into the pressure areas of a seat isn't all that difficult, and can make a very big difference.

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Not tried an Airhawk. I have tried various jell pads, sheep skins, and the like, none worked for me better than the factory seat. Still if you want an aftermarket scooter seat, are there any other options?
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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You could always send off your stock seat to be enhanced.

I have sat on a few Mean City Cycle modified seats and they are really nice.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #7
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You could always send off your stock seat to be enhanced.

I have sat on a few Mean City Cycle modified seats and they are really nice.
Ok, yes I know about sending off my seat pan. I've done that with Sargent and Spencer. I'm just wondering about scooters, ya know like Mustang does cruiser seats. Anyone do scooter seats? I understand that the small displacement scooter crowd may not be the target audience for $500 seats. Still, I'm not going to spend the coin for even a used maxi hoping something like an Airhawk will make me happy. I'm not one of those people who researches stuff to death, so just asking, in the scooter universe, am I overlooking options.
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I imagine Corbin is working on something. They already make Tmax and Silverwing seats.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #9
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I talked to a Mustang rep at the cycle show this year. They will do a custom seat for ANY type of bike.

I needed to have some padding added to the passenger section of my Aprilia. I ended up taking it to a local custom car upholstery place with experience in doing motorcycle seats. They modified my seat for 75$.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #10
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Corbin does for the Zuma 125, and the Maxi segment. Otherwise the seat pads mentioned above seem to really do the trick.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:14 AM   #11
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In addition to Corbin there is Pirate Upholstery but the BMW is so new nobody may have them ready to go. So you are likely to have the same issue with Pirate as with Corbin. Your best bet is likely to be a local motorcycle seat or upholsterer who can do it in a day or two when you drop the scoot off. http://www.pirateupholstery.com/
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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Walmart automotive department . . .

When I got my '95 Goldwing, the PO had put one of those things on it. It may work fine in a car, but moved around to much for a bike. Felt like it was filled with a really thin gel, almost like water. I had to stop and remove it before I got home.

I have never used an aftermarket seat on a bike. All of my cruisers have had excellent seats, and aftermarket seats for sport and dual sport bikes have a reputation for not really making much difference. I almost bought a Corbin for my former EX500, but realized it was just as much the riding position that was the problem as it was the seat. People on the XT225 forum have used aftermarket seats, and nobody claims a serious improvement. My Vino 125 and Zuma 125 have excellent seats (for me), I find the Stella seat very uncomfortable, it is much like a dual sport seat, long, narrow, and hard as a rock. Bit it is basically a copy of a vintage Vespa seat, so it is more for looks than anything else. I am unaware of any aftermarket seats for the Stella except the Corsa solo seat, and it to is designed for looks.

One thing I have found that has helped on several seats is the Beadrider cover. Everybody laughs at it, but it works (for me) a lot better than I thought it would. Many Iron Butt riders use them.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #14
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honestly, you won't believe thevdifference an airhawk makes. Gels, skins, beads are absolutely no comparison. Airhawk FTW!
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
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honestly, you won't believe thevdifference an airhawk makes. Gels, skins, beads are absolutely no comparison. Airhawk FTW!
+1, just don't over-inflate it. it should rise your butt just barely above the seat. I've had one that I've moved from bike to bike for the past 8 years. The only issue is that it does raise you off the seat 1/2 to 1 inch so if you are inseam challenged it makes for a long stretch to the ground on the C650GT.
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