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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 07:50 PM
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I am new to the form and need all the help I can get in getting comfortable on our new 08 GL1800.
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Question for "wrongway": I also had a long absense from bikes - 1948 - 2003. I've been riding a 2005 Boulevard C50 and I just bought a 2006 GL1800. The seating position is entirely different and with my 29" inseam I'm tippy-toed at stops. And I'm beginning to wonder if Ill ever be able to carry a passenger safely without being flat footed. What's your experience in this regard?

And speaking of passengers - how in the world do they mount and dismount?

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wrongway wrote:
interesting to read all of that because I couldn't get comfortable on my 1500 but am having absolutely no issues on the 1800.

Maybe because I'm only 5'7" with a 28" inseam. I'm also finding the stock seat very comfortable for long days ass well.

I'm also 5'7 but 29" inseam and I find the 1800 perfect for me, handle bars, foot pigs and seat position are just right on this bike.

I can ride 350 to 500 miles a day with out feeling tired or getting monkey butt, not so on my previous bike a 95 1500 SE.


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Think I solved the GL1800 seat misery problem--- Got an affordable solution, custom fit to my bottom and still have seat heater (gels don't like seat heaters)---

THE CRITICAL PROBLEM FOR MOST IS THE NARROW SURFACE ON A STOCK SEAT. It simply does not disperse the weight over a wide enough area like your sofa at home does. Seat foammay also not be deep enough.

The Solution for my 240# 66y.o. tender bottom--------------

1. Took my seat to the local car/boat upholstry guy. Based on Steve's ideas of moving the seatback, had him pull off the cover and move the drivers backpad 1.25 inchestoward the passenger seat ( this is easily done but the relocation of the heater panel -- glued on -- is tricky. Had to replace mine on the back panel).

2. Had the upolsterer place the seaton a sawhorse and sat on it. Then had him glue firm poly foam to widen the entire seat-- most, where it begins to narrow toward the front. I would sit on it periodically and direct the foam additions. This continued every few days until itwas wide enough to spread the weight over my entire bottom.

3. Added (2) 3/4 inch panels of #3 memory foam on top of thewidened driver's seat -- wrapping it around the front narrow section-- not just on the top surface but widening it between your thighs.

4. Put the cover back on (upolsterer may need to added longer side panels inthe driver's seat)

When done, custom heated comfort which looks almost stock!!
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Having thought about why my car is comfortable and the bike is not for the long haul I realized that much of your leg's weight is supported by the front edge of the car seat.

This effectively makes the front edge of the seat the fulcrum and your thigh bone a lever with the weight of your leg counterbalancing your butt. This takes some of the weight of your torso off your rear. In a car with an adjustable car seat I like the front edge of the seat up for this reason.

On the bike your leg is supported by your foot and your butt as there is no front edge under your thigh. So your butt supports your torso and 1/2 the weight of your thighs. More pressure on the delicate tush and tail bone.

I've seen some discussion in this thread about thigh support. That may be key if there is a practical way to add that to a bike. Thigh supports. Flip up, fold down. Just thinking out loud.

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