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Ok - Anybody figured out what the trick is to a comfortable seat?



I start squirmin' on my GL500I at 50 miles...... but on my PC800 I can ride 400-500 miles (really)

and never even think about the ol backside. Of course everything else is killing me!



I hate to redo my seat cause its all original but somethin's gotta give!



Anybody had particullarly good results with a certain type of foam?

Maybe do a Butt Mold? Oooooo I shouldn'ta said that....



There goes my reputation rating......... again.......
 

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One of you Grand Nagushides should know!



(Come on - that was fuhnnie)
 

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I have seen several recommendations for sargent cycles or at least I think that's it.

http://www.sargentcycle.com/custserv.htm



Maybe pick up a junky seat on ebay and sent it out. I like my harley seat but have been thinking about sending the stock one out since it seems to be a foam problem.
 

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I have been pondering replacing the foam in my seat with memory foam. I was considering buying one of those twin bed mattresses off of e-bay and using that.
 

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Just bought a seat off ebay for 18.00 for the pan. I love my GL but the seal is the worst I've ever owned. I intend to try to build a new seat with some help from;

www.diymotorcycleseat.com/



and also this guy's blog looks to be somewhat helpful. He did a pretty good job for a first timer I thought.



http://obairlann.net/reaper/motorcycle/ninja/seat/story.html



As far as the foam goes, I think memory foam would compress too much, I'm thinking of trying to cut down a natural latex pillow, but I am wide open for suggestions.
 

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I made my gl650 seat a lot more comfortable by modifying it a little bit.



My cover was in good shape so I reused that. The foam wasn't in too bad of shape so I reused that too.



What I did do was install a 5/8" gel insert by carving 5/8" out the top of the seat, inserting the gel pad, covering that with 3/8" memory foam, and reinstalling the cover. Much better! I can ride for hours before my seat starts getting uncomfortable. I was able to do a 900 mile day on this seat without too much trouble.



On all day rides (400-600 miles) it still is not the greatest, so I picked up a "Pro Pad Large Quilted Fabric Gel Pad" seat cushion I strap on the seat. My review of this seat pad is that it does help but feels "squirmy" and gel heats up and holds heat on a hot day. It is also very bulky and heavy and carting the pad around til I need it is a pain. I wind up not using it much, although til I get something better I will still use it for long days.



I am seriously considering getting a "Airhawk" seat pad. Pricey but have a good reputation for really helping to keep the posterior comfortable and cool. First pic is the gel pad, then the airhawk and cover.

 

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Like Stitch suggested, maybe try finding a cheap, beat seat to experiment with.  You can definitely improve things yourself with the right layers of foam and shaping it to suit yourself, but it might take a few tries.  I didn't like my OEM seat, it set me too far forward and locked me into place, so I removed the cover and went to town with a bread knife and several different types of foam.  I ended up using closed cell foam from a walmart camping pad and a top layer of open cell memory foam from a mattress pad.  The trick is getting a solid, firm base and then a layer of softness on top.  Or, if you want to just avoid all that and pay the money, send it to Sargent  or a similar place.
 
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