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Offline Trophy Tom

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New Seat
« on: May 24, 2015, 12:20:32 am »
Ordered the optional low seat and really like it. It's only 30mm shorter but wow it really made a difference. I can easily stand flat footed when I come to a stop now wish I would have done it a long time ago.
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Re: New Seat
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 10:25:54 am »
I thought all US bikes came with the low seat as standard?

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Re: New Seat
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2015, 12:09:18 pm »
I thought so to
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Re: New Seat
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 03:19:15 am »
Got any photos of the old and new, in particular any tags on the side?

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Re: New Seat
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015, 12:54:07 am »
Well turned out I got the same seat as the bike came with. Seen the low seat option on the Triumph acc. Web site checked with the dealer and was told it was 30mm shorter than the stock seat and had a different part number. They said they would take it back and refund my money but I'm going to keep it and have it modified, maybe re shaped a bit and have a little memory foam installed. There's a guy in town that's pretty good at it so I'm going to give it to him and see what he can do. Should have researched this a little deeper and not just listened to the dealer. Oh well maybe I'll still end up with a better seat. Time will tell  :430:
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Re: New Seat
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 01:25:59 am »
Just an FYI.  I bought a Corbin Seat.  They're around $500 so not a cheap option but the idea was a better ride for the wife.  The factory passenger seat is lower in the front than that back with no contour to it.  She complained that she was constantly sliding forward which is not a comfortable thing to have deal with constantly.  The Corbin seat is very firm but the contouring is much better and it's a little wider for the passenger so it's much more comfortable.  The bad news was I had to send the original one back to be reworked.  I'm 5'11" and the original was so high I could not even get the balls of my feet down.  They remade it after I sent some pictures showing the problem.  They got it right the second time.  The seat is all black leather and looks great.  The riding position and height is now the same as (USA) OEM but the rear of the rider section is a little higher and more straight up which is very nice.  I've had a Corbin seat before.  They take a while to break in but are well made.

Another option is to remove the factory seat cover and trim the padding to the shape you like.  The staples pull out easily.  It can be trimmed with a long knife or even a grinder with a very light, careful touch.  It's easy to do.  Then just staple the seat cover back on.  An air stapler helps.

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Re: New Seat
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2015, 08:49:36 am »
As a member of of IBA UK, seats are a big discussion point.  I've had 'em all.  From a Zeplin Air Seat on a Glide, through AirHawk, Beads, Corbin (ride in custom seat during my 2013 USA Grand Tour), Sargent ad infinitum

By far the best with no caveats is Russell Day Long bar none.  Great company to deal with, had one on an FJR, one on a GTR (Concours) and one on an Electra Glide.

I have considered getting one on my Triumph but now as a retiree with less discretionary income and doing less IBA style riding I have resisted the temptation.  I regularly do 600 mile riding days and the standard seat has been fine.

So my seating advice born from expensive trial and error is forget any other after market seat, if you must improve your seat the Russell Day Long is the answer, period.

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Re: New Seat
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2015, 11:48:34 pm »
When I picked up my bike it already had the heated seat installed. The stock low seat does sit much lower.
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