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Ok. So I recently bought my first Wing about 2 months ago and have put 1600 miles on it.

Heres the problem.

It is so damned uncomfortable I cant ride it for more than a couple of hours at a time.

The seat bites me on the back side of my legs and puts my shorts into a permanent wad.

I have owned motorcycles of all sorts for most of my life. From mini-bikes and dirt bikes to crotch rockets and Harleys.

None where as uncomfortable as this bike is.

Hell, last summer when my wife and I vacationed in Bermuda, we rode two up for three days on a scooter and didnt mind it a bit.

Anyone else run into this??

Any ideas on what to do short of selling the thing???
 

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I had a 83 interstate, and put a ROAD SOFA seat on it and improved the ride 100%. You might want to check ULTIMATE SEAT on the net. Warning, they ain't cheap!
 

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Sheepskin covered gelpads and sports underware or bicycle shorts for the long rides.
 

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I took the cover off a second seat and sculpted it with a 7" sanding disc (electric grinder). I made it fit me then had it recovered.
 

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Like what everyone else said, just change the seat, they weren't comfortable in the 80s when the bike was new and they don't improve with age.
 

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I turfed the briefs for boxers & improved my comfort 100%...I moved up to my 83 GL1100 from an 83V45 magna. THAT was an uncomfortable seat....the stock 1100 seat's paradise compared to the old V45. :)

All kidding aside, aftermarket would be the way to go.
 

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The 83 interstate I had I thought was more comfortable than my 1800. The seat foam was in good shape and I recovered it with a cover from http://www.motorcycleseatcovers.com/.
 

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A local guy put some memory foam and gel into the stock seat. It helps and I can ride for about 1.5 hours at a time. Then again, I have back issues and need to get off every so often.
 

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Thanks everybody.

I think i'll try the gel/sheepskin seat cushion first.

Im not sure I want to start dropping $600 here, and $700 there on a $2500 bike.

If i can double my ride time with it for $125I can live with that.

Now if only I could figure out where to put my feet.....
 

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Jim and Lee wrote:
Thanks everybody.

I think i'll try the gel/sheepskin seat cushion first.

Im not sure I want to start dropping $600 here, and $700 there on a $2500 bike.

If i can double my ride time with it for $125 I can live with that.

Now if only I could figure out where to put my feet.....
On my 83A I put some Kuryakyn Longhorn peg mounts and some large ISO pegs on my crash bars.I,m 6 ft tall and the help alot. Rode for 300 mi yesterday. I have a sheepskin mat on the seat and after 200 mi. it's time to slip the gel/memory foam insert in side it. Going for the gel shorts next. I was looking at them and the padding looks like it is just at the right spot. ;)
 

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I did a 900 mile round trip last week. I am 6'2" and I have a set of cheap pegs on the lower part of the engine guards. I rotated between the normal pegs, putting my feet on the cruising pegs and resting my legs on the pegs and my legs never got tired. I have had trouble with Knee pain on other bikes, but I did not have that problem this time.

My butt was another story but I plan to put a sheepskin on it soon.
 

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My 82 GL1100 had a Saddleman on it when I bought it. I've done a couple 11-12 hour days on it without problems.
 

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I too had the same problem with being uncomfortable on my '83 after just a couple of hours. So, I bought the Saddleman seat from JC Whitney and it really improved things. Plus, my bike came with footrests on the engine guards. I'd never ridden a bike with those before and it took me a few rides to get comfortable with them. Now I use them all the time.

Hope you get it sorted out quickly. Oh, BTW, as far as the seat, it took JCW about three months:shock::(to get the seat to me as Saddleman had to make it. I don't know if they keep any in stock now as I bought my seat a couple of years ago.

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Hobie1 wrote:
I too had the same problem with being uncomfortable on my '83 after just a couple of hours. So, I bought the Saddleman seat from JC Whitney and it really improved things. Plus, my bike came with footrests on the engine guards. I'd never ridden a bike with those before and it took me a few rides to get comfortable with them. Now I use them all the time.

Hope you get it sorted out quickly. Oh, BTW, as far as the seat, it took JCW about three months:shock::(to get the seat to me as Saddleman had to make it. I don't know if they keep any in stock now as I bought my seat a couple of years ago.

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Hobie
I checked on the seat from JC Whitney.

The seat is only supposed to be for 82's and older.

Is that what you bought?

Did it fit properly??
 

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Jim and Lee wrote:
Hobie1 wrote:
I too had the same problem with being uncomfortable on my '83 after just a couple of hours. So, I bought the Saddleman seat from JC Whitney and it really improved things. Plus, my bike came with footrests on the engine guards. I'd never ridden a bike with those before and it took me a few rides to get comfortable with them. Now I use them all the time.

Hope you get it sorted out quickly. Oh, BTW, as far as the seat, it took JCW about three months:shock::(to get the seat to me as Saddleman had to make it. I don't know if they keep any in stock now as I bought my seat a couple of years ago.

Regards,

Hobie
I checked on the seat from JC Whitney.

The seat is only supposed to be for 82's and older.

Is that what you bought?

Did it fit properly??
I have the saddleman seat on my 83 and it fits nicely. The one thing I do not like about the saddleman is you cannot move the seat all the way to the rear because the passenger mini backrest wont fit under the trunk. I also have a Utopia backrest installed in the saddleman, thats a must in my opinion.
 

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For comfort on your height, foot pegs on the engine braces are the answer, also add a back rest. 100% improvement.
Good Luck,
Nightrider1
 

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Hey Jimbo83,



You can get a trunk relocation kit for your back trunk. You can purchase one or make one your self. Just do a search on “trunk relocation” in these forums.



Typicallyrelocating the trunk allows you to move your seat back all the way and still have ample room back there for people of a larger size.It can make all the difference in comfort for both driver and passenger.



Tim.
 

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My seat is as far back as is allowed by the oem bracket. As you can see, it is right up against the trunk. My lovely child-bride says she is completely comfortable with it.

Buying the seat was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. It's a lot of money and if it doesn't feel comfortable, you're out quite a few bucks.

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Hobie
 

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JIM and LEE I too have an 82 Wing with a saddlemen seat. Problem solved, however you can find gel pack and seat cusions on e-bay much cheaper.
 
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