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    Posted: 13 Aug 2019 at 23:09
I've always thought that motorcycle dual seats leave much to be desired.The slab of foam never seems to be quite up to the job.Added to that, the ferry companies now tie your bike down with a strap which is so tightly ratcheted over the seat squashing the foam so much it never seems to fully recover its former resilience.
So, can anyone recommend a company who can refurbish a seat with a decent high quality foam that retains its resilience over a reasonable period of time and use. Can one for instance still get Dunlopillo? That I seem to recall was about the best there was.
I'm totally fed up with "Numb Bum Syndrome"

Any suggestions please.
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Hi Dave,
My GS1200 was awful on long journeys for numb bum.  BMW or one of their accessory suppliers would have happily relieved me of several hundred pounds for a more comfortable perch.   As it's only a problem on really long days in the saddle I used a Tempur Lumbar Support which I normally use in my car when I have back trouble.  I just strapped it to the GS saddle.  Looks a bit ridiculous but nobody sees it when it's under your bum.  It really transformed the comfort of travelling on the GS.  When I switched to a Tiger 800 it had a gel saddle which was much more comfortable.  The V85 comfort is yet untested, but when I do a tour next month I'll pack the Tempur (it rolls up very small) in case I need it.
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I find it so annoying that bikes are sold with planks as seats, with "comfort" seats an optional extra. The same with screens. My new V85 has a chocolate teapot screen and would you believe it, one that works as an option. It has a heated grips button, but no heated grips - several hundred pounds when available, no doubt. Centre stands, no chance. We'll be lucky to get wheels before long!
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Originally posted by jmee54 jmee54 wrote:

I find it so annoying that bikes are sold with planks as seats, with "comfort" seats an optional extra. The same with screens. My new V85 has a chocolate teapot screen and would you believe it, one that works as an option. It has a heated grips button, but no heated grips - several hundred pounds when available, no doubt. Centre stands, no chance. We'll be lucky to get wheels before long!

Big smileBig smile.  Yes, I've just given in and ordered a "touring screen" for £175.  I had the idea that the market would be flooded with cheaper and more effective screens, but so far the Guzzi touring screen seems to be the best option.  And I paid extra for the centre stand on delivery.  As you say, it would have been helpful if these had been part of the standard package.
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I believe Matchless or perhaps BSA in the dim and distant past used to charge around 1/-9d for the optional kick start rubber!!
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R K Leighton have been in business for decades and I'm sure would be worth a chat.

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Thanks, Ian and Glawster.I have had a seat refurbished by RKL in the past,a Triumph 6T. Very nice it looked too, a perfect replication of the original appearance. However, it didn't cope very well with long spells in the saddle whilst touring in Europe.
I had the seat of my V7Special refurbished by a company in the North East a few years ago,a beautiful job including rider and pillion gel pads built in. I thought that would do it,I was wrong.
The only bike I've owned with a faultless seat was the Brough SS80 with its massive saddle with internal springs then the whole thing mounted to the frame on springs. Pure luxury.

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A few weeks ago with reckless abandon I rode my 1968 Laverda 750GT to Inverness, a trip of 502 miles in one go. The seat on the GT makes ironing boards look comfy and it actually registers on the Rockwell scale. There are two shock absorber settings, hard and very hard. Yet, upon arrival 12 hours later I was fairly tired, soaking wet and getting cold but no discomfort in the nether regions. Any soft seat is only soft until you sit on it after which it compresses to the consistency of concrete. As in the case of Dave's Brough, springs are the answer!   
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Iron butt Phil?


Edited by Dave P. - 14 Aug 2019 at 14:26
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Dave, I'll let you know on Friday after I've aquaplaned down to Devon on my sprung single saddled loop!
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Originally posted by Dave P. Dave P. wrote:


The only bike I've owned with a faultless seat was the Brough SS80 with its massive saddle with internal springs then the whole thing mounted to the frame on springs. Pure luxury.


Well there's the solution then.  Just sell your loops and replace with a Brough Superior.  Simples!

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Ha Ha.I've only got two Loops Derek. I'd need at least four to chop them in for a Brough.
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Had both bikes seats done by G A Wells and sons Shepshed Leics the V1000 was £100 the EV £75 ...a couple of yrs ago but look at my pics on Facebook "ksheridanirwin" cracking job and real quick turnaround .....the ev seat they got a red bead that totally matches the pinstripe on the tank and is mm perfect Tim Hicks had his seats done there too recons better than a Corbin seat 
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Currently I use one of these air cushions on top - after getting the seat refoamed it still wasn't brilliant :
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