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Spencersmoto seat modifications
« on: August 25, 2019, 12:02:44 AM »
FYI,
I got a response to an inquiry to Frank Turnier at Greatdaytoride.com and he does not do ANY modifications of any kind to the factory Low Seat for the Trophy, supposedly due to the seat pan being too thin, and he cautioned to be wary of anyone who said they could build a custom seat on a Trophy Low Seat pan.  He was less than friendly in his e-mail, I guess given that he is very busy with seat mods that he DOES do.  Sooooo, Frank, how does Russel do it successfully according to those that have them?
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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2019, 04:41:38 PM »
I had him modify a STOCK seat for me, and he made it lower, flatter, and narrower in the front, works well.
A while later I asked him to modify a BMW F700GS seat for me, he refused saying the seat pans were poor quality and would not bear re-stapling.
Later yet for my Africa Twin, he refused saying he had no experience with them.
So... Frank may be getting crotchety in his later years???
Anyway, the seats he DID mod for me were very much improved...
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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 05:37:45 PM »
Looks like I'm left to save a bunch of money and go to a Russell Sport version rebuild.  Fortunately I have 2 seats so I could send one in and use the other until it came back, and the way they schedule the build it's not out of commission a long time anyway.
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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 06:35:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by trophied [+]
Looks like I'm left to save a bunch of money and go to a Russell Sport version rebuild.  Fortunately I have 2 seats so I could send one in and use the other until it came back, and the way they schedule the build it's not out of commission a long time anyway.

Depends on what you're after - the Sport is thinner and easier to move around on, while the Day-Long is far comfier for all day riding. My Day-Long is amazing.

Another option might be this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Triumph-Trophy-SE-Corbin-Seat/283589369317?hash=item42073e5de5:g:LuAAAOSwub9dVgMK

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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2019, 08:01:45 PM »
On my adventure bikes, BMW F700GS, KLR650 and Africa Twin, I've used Sargent seats, and found them to be very comfortable.  In fact, the Africa Twin seat is about perfect, I just don't get sore at all, even during 400+ mile days.... Not sure how it would work on a TTSE, if they make a seat for it, but I'd consider it worth a try failing Spencer's mods....
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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 09:16:35 PM »
The sport helps keep the reach to the ground a little shorter for us vertically challenged, but you do lose a little support in the process.  The low seat with an Airhawk is sufficing for about 8-9 hours, but after that it gets a little uncomfortable.  I have done 12 hour days with it, but would like a little more comfort for the longest hours rides.
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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 08:00:06 PM »
Ya utter BS. I have an RDL built on the OEM Low seat pan and it is completely fine in every way.

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Re: Spencersmoto seat modifications
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2019, 04:21:00 AM »
I agree with dietDrThunder - Bill Mayer Saddles built mine from the low seat in about a half a day (about 5 years ago).  So good, I transferred it to my 2017 when I got it...
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