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At a Honda dealer I saw a used Saddlemen seat with backrest. (I guess it's also called a Road Sofa.) It was in pretty good shape. A bit of chaffing in the front corner, but hardly noticeable. The clerk, who knew next to nothing about Gold Wings, said that new the seat was $1200, the fellow had been asking $400, and has just reduced his price to $225. Apparently the owner sold his Wing and had this seat left over.

A search on the board indicates reasonable satisfaction with the Saddlemen seat. (Not 100% satisfaction, but does that ever happen?) On-line the seat is about $700-$800 new, plus shipping, taxes, etc.

Anybody care to offer a comment on this seat? I don't really need one, but if it's a "great deal", and if it proves to be an improvement over the OEM seat, it might be worthwhile taking a chance on $225.

Also, there are two valve-like protuberances (one on the seat, one on the backrest). These look like they are for pumping air. Didn't see any air release. Any idea what these are?
 

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I dont know about the pricing of the saddleman,.. but, I had one on my old GL1200 and it far surpassed the comfort of any seat I have sat on... Could ride for HOURS without discomfort...
 

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Check the size of the seat, both the length of the overall seat, and the position of the drivers seat. I bought a beautiful saddleman seat from another member, it is a very nice seat, but it pushed me forward so much that I have to put in running boards in order to ride comfortably, also the seat is so much longer that I have to take the trunk off in order to remove the seat, but other than that, you can sit there all day, really cushy..

Also, this is on an 1100
 

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I have a standard Road Sofa. Goldilocks thinks this one is JUUUST right..I'm pretty happywith it, too.$800-$850 is the basic price for the seat, leather costs more. $225 sounds like a prettygood price. Seats are a really personal choice. I would mount it on my bike & try it out.



Mine is in their basic material, which they call saddlehide. It seems to wear well looks like leather, and doesn't require the care leather does.



Does it have the matching passenger backrest cover with it?



The valves are to let air out of the bladders at your lower back and on the backrext. Push the bladder & the valve & you'll hear the air whoosh out. I never touch them.



http://www.saddlemen.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&manufacturers_id=2&model=2159&mfrom=2003&categories_id=322&inc_subcat=1&x=32&y=6
 

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I have one, paid WAY too much for it new fromw Saddlemens. For $200.00, though, I'd forego my problems I've had with the factory. They don't care about the customer after the sale, in my opinion. It is a great seat, mine just fit sloppy all the way around, and all that hooey about "tell us your inseam and hieght" is crap. They absolutely did not follow my custom order. You can get the same seat fromJC Whitney for $300.00 I think it was. jimsjinx
 

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I have one, paid WAY too much for it new fromw Saddlemens. For $200.00, though, I'd forego my problems I've had with the factory. They don't care about the customer after the sale, in my opinion. It is a great seat, mine just fit sloppy all the way around, and all that hooey about "tell us your inseam and hieght" is crap. They absolutely did not follow my custom order. You can get the same seat fromJC Whitney for $300.00 I think it was. jimsjinx
I have had one for 3+ years and have been quite satisfied with the fit and comfort of it. I don't remember exactly but I am thinking the price was more like $400 to $500 because I know I wouldn't have paid anywhere near $800 for a seat let alone $1200? The quality of the 'saddlehide' or whatever they call the vinyl covering is something else and their 'customer service' likewise sucks. The actual seating area has held up quite well with no visible signs of wear in almost 40,000 miles however the 'backrest' portion of the driver's seat has not held up so well. I don't know if my belt wore it or whatever but it seems like the very top layer of vinyl has worn off and frankly it looks like crap. I just wear a standard leather belt with no studs or whatever but evidently the leather belt did wear the vinyl. I e-mailed them asking about a dye or possibly sending the cover back for an 'insert' but as yet have not even received an acknowledgement from them let alone an answer for my problem?
 

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When I got my 1100 last July one of the first things I did was replace the standard seat (very nasty shape) with a Saddlemen.

It has been a great seat, very comfortable and I am a large guy. The price sounds like a very good bargain. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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