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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 07:34 AM
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IdahoRaider wrote:
Does not the 2012 kind of have a 2 tone seat, with the new seat material they are using?*
The couple I've seen had plain dark gray, similar to the older model. Shame really, a two tone saddle would have worked well with the to tone paintwork.

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you can buy spray paint that is made for vinyl or leather,it works real friend had a red seat on his bmw and its now grey,

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I would most definitely have to agree to a two tone seat. I never really like the drab gray seats and black is somewhat warn to sit on in August and September. Would love to have a two tone color matched Corbin. But if it is true to what they say that money talks? Then I must be speechless.

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Goldwing saddles are a sore point with me, to match by sore bottom.

I read many times in Goldwing books and on forums that Honda put a lot of R&D into Goldwing saddles. But after 35 years and umpteen Goldwing model variations they still can't get it right. If Honda can make car seats suitable for everyones build and weight, why can't they get it right for all kinds of Goldwing riders?

Some of the deficiencies are glaringly obvious, like the pillion space on the GL1800 and especially the GL1500. The back rest is too narrow because of those darned speaker pods. Surely the speakers can be built into a wider backrest, and the bottom area of the saddle made wider to match? Harley Davidson cracked this with some of their touring bikes, but Honda still can't do it.
Also they still waste a lot of space where the Goldwing trunk and saddlebags meet. It can't take a genius to tuck them up more and give more internal room for storage?
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My 1995 Interstate is for the most part pretty utilitarian. I am pretty fortunate to be of the right size/build where I find the stock configuration and the looks.....well, fine. I can't fix what ain't broke!

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Originally Posted by Zeke66 View Post
I've seen some GL1100's that had nice OEM 2-tone saddles. Some GL1200 & 1500s had nice enough single color saddles, but most Wings after the 1100 are just plain old gray or black.

The seat on a motorcycle is one of the first things to catch the eye of people looking at it. For all the talk about how Honda put a lot of research into getting Goldwing saddles right over the years, WTH didn't they make them look more appealing? How much extra would it cost to have 2-tone material, a couple of bucks extra per bike?

Come on Honda, put some effort into the way the saddle looks on your flagship motorcycle.
They still haven't mastered building a halfway decent comfortable seat.I think they need to concetrate on that first and then make it look classy after.

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