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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-14-2015, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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I got my saddle back today after having some internal work done to it.
My thinking was this. The stock XCT seat is the most comfortable stock seat I've ever ridden on. Its wasn't perfect for me but very good none the less. After looking over my seat options I just couldn't believe another seat would be $600+ more comfortable.
Last summer I dropped into Dave's Upholstery\Kalin Custom Seats in Oakville, Ct and talked with the owner Mark. He said for around $200 he could re-shape and add memory foam to the front and rear areas and keep my orig. cover/moisture shield, sounded good to me
I had duel density memory foam added to the front and rear seats, zero pressure foam added at the tail bone area and 1 1/2" off the curved ends of the back rest. No change in ride height. Total $212.00 The seat feels more supportive than I remember and I have more backwards room. Hopefully soon I can actually ride it....

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I am actually looking to do something similar. Around mile 175 (of 325) yesterday my tailbone was getting pretty sore.

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I am actually looking to do something similar. Around mile 175 (of 325) yesterday my tailbone was getting pretty sore.
I had zero pressure foam installed in the tailbone area. That area and the sides would get me on longer rides. I can't comment on the seat for distance yet. I can say in the short distance I rode on it that I don't feel the sides or tailbone at all and the support is excellent.

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I rode my XC a little over 1200 miles last weekend. The first two legs of the trip - each about 400 miles on day 1 and 3 - were very comfortable. I didn't even think about my saddle (stock) - which is the way it should be. That last 400 miles on day 4 of the trip was excruciating though! I could not find a comfortable position no matter where I moved or how far backwards or forwards I tried to slide. I let the "bike" rest for 4 days after I got home!

I'm in California and have been looking into saddle options and there are plenty of them. This forum will serve as a great resource once I'm ready to execute my plan which is:

I purchased another stock XC saddle and am awaiting the used rear fender that I just bought. I'm planning on taking the fender into a sheet metal shop and having them "fill-in" the area of the fender that is missing due to the extended passenger portion of the seat. I'll send it out to get painted and then convert my second saddle to a cushy solo. It will take a little engineering, but since I've got duplicate parts I won't have to be without my bike during the process.

Anyone else done something like this (other than those radically re-engineered bikes)? Any tips or suggestions?

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I purchased another stock XC saddle and am awaiting the used rear fender that I just bought. I'm planning on taking the fender into a sheet metal shop and having them "fill-in" the area of the fender that is missing due to the extended passenger portion of the seat. I'll send it out to get painted and then convert my second saddle to a cushy solo. It will take a little engineering, but since I've got duplicate parts I won't have to be without my bike during the process.

Anyone else done something like this (other than those radically re-engineered bikes)? Any tips or suggestions?
You need to start a thread about this process....I know there will be lots of interest. This is really part of the 'bad ass bagger" look I haven't seen much on the XC. I'm not interested in doing anything like this to mine, but I'd be interested just because

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I would like to see this too !

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You need to start a thread about this process....I know there will be lots of interest. This is really part of the 'bad ass bagger" look I haven't seen much on the XC. I'm not interested in doing anything like this to mine, but I'd be interested just because
I anxiously await the final outcome of this.
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Oakville CT eh? How long did it take to get it back? I'm really happy with my seat as is the mrs. but I know she wouldn't complain if I had it made even better and I've been wanting to have the thing riveted to match the saddlebags anyway. Might give this guy a call since he's local.

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Oakville CT eh? How long did it take to get it back? I'm really happy with my seat as is the mrs. but I know she wouldn't complain if I had it made even better and I've been wanting to have the thing riveted to match the saddlebags anyway. Might give this guy a call since he's local.
I dropped it off in January. I did tell Mark I didn't need it until March and that's when it was ready. From what I've heard unless you have another seat or bike, its best to drop seat when the bike is stored for the winter.


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