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i just joined the site today

i don't know why i waited so long i have visited many times in past

:?how can i determine if the padding in the seat is getting worn out ?

it seems to get uncomfortable riding after shorter distances judging from my past two years i bought the bike used in 2006 with 19000 miles and now have 39000 miles on it

should the seat be worn out ?:(

if it is how do i determine which replacement is best ? so many choices
 

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Welcome to the site Tony.

If it's a stock GL1800 seat, I'd check it by riding to the Honda dealer on the bike and then immediately planting my butt on a brand new one inside the dealer's showroom!

Plant yourself on one that is up on its centerstand and stay there for 5 or 10 minutes. Then go right back outside and plant yourself back on your bike's seat. That should tell you.

Yup, the good old side-by-side butt comparison test!
 

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Welcome from the state of Pennsylvania!





 

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Your stock saddle is not worn out, but for alot of us, the Honda saddle is just uncomfortable. Unfortunately, buying a replacement is a leap of faith as there is no way to try before you buy. There is alot of information on the forum, do a search and read for awhile. Just remember opinions are like saddles, everyone has one.
 

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As everyone else is saying, your saddle should be fine at that mileage. My last 18 had 55 on it and the seat was as new. I think the main problem is that, as we get older, our butts become less tolerant.

Custom saddles may be the way to go? My 1200 had a Corbin saddle which I am sure was designed for a girl because it rose up at the front and you had to "arrange yourself" before getting on the bike, otherwise it could be a bit painful.
 

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Welcome to the site Tony,

A lot of folks go to aftermarket seat pads. My brother has one from a company called "Alaska" that is sheepskin over gel. It seems pretty good. They raise you up a bit but I like that they can be stored when you're not on a long ride. And they're way cheaper than a new seat
 

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The answer is if your butt hurts after and hour or two.of riding ..the seat is no good at least for you.;)
 
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