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I bought a 2011 XR. However I have an unusually long inseam. This puts my knees up along side the tank and well above my hips on the stock seat which makes the seating position uncomfortable. I would like to find a taller seat with as much leg room as I can find. Any suggestions on seats?

I have been looking at the Ultimate as I like the nice wide seat, but they state it is not any taller, and I am not sure it is any deeper providing additional legroom. The data on the Mustang did not appear to provide any height or length either. I have had Russell Day Long seats made for bikes in the past, but would like to avoid going that route if there is another option out there that I can make work.

I have already adjusted the floor boards forward, but that does not help much with the height and angle. I am thinking I may have to try building some layers on top of the seat with a sheep skin and/or maybe a Air Hawk, or a bead rider(or all of them).

Anyone with long legs and some seat experiences that can help would be most welcome. Thanks!
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Well I definatly dont fit in the taller rider club. Only 5'6", but I bought a Mustang pillow top with driver backrest. I think it is narrower than stock so I actually sit a bit lower. On longer rides I have actually found I dont care for it as much as the OEM, but the back rest is a must have for 8-10 hour days. So I use a air kayak cushion, similar to air hawk but about $60 less.

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Malcolm, you must have really long legs for you to not fit comfortably on a Cross bike. I am 6'2" with a 34" inseam and this is the first bike I have not had to modify to ride. I did move the floorboards up when I bought it and moved the handlebars a little. I don't know what other bikes you have ridden before your cross bike but no other cruiser has as much leg room as a Victory cross bike. I would think your best bet is to have your seat altered by someone who works on motorcycle seats.

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Look at the photo at the top left on the forum page. Do your knees ride higher than that?
I have a 32 inch inseam and I can push my legs straight out and my toes just rest on the crash bars.

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I have a 36" inseam so it puts my legs at bad angles. So the seat puts me down lower than my legs by quite a bit. All the bikes over the years have required mods and seats. So I didn't expect this bike would be any different. So just trying to find something that moves me back or up. Preferably a seat that is taller. Lowering the boards would not be preferable on this bike since there isn't a lot of ground clearance to spare.
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There is no seat that you can buy that will do what you need. Your going to have to go the custom route on this one.

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Before you go into big expense I think you had the right idea by trying an AirHawk air cushion. This will give you a good idea about what you might need before buying a custom seat. Normally they say to let almost all the air out of the cushion but for your situation start with more air and when you find a comfortable height have a friend help you measure the seat height.

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Go to a MC seat customizer and have your saddle tailored to your butt and posture. It can cost less than an off the shelf saddle that's a pig in a poke. While at it, have him put heat in, you will thank me over and over. You will be able to choose the cover material, its color and stitching and end with a one of a kind custom saddle.

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I bought a 2011 XR. However I have an unusually long inseam. This puts my knees up along side the tank and well above my hips on the stock seat which makes the seating position uncomfortable. I would like to find a taller seat with as much leg room as I can find. Any suggestions on seats?

I have been looking at the Ultimate as I like the nice wide seat, but they state it is not any taller, and I am not sure it is any deeper providing additional legroom. The data on the Mustang did not appear to provide any height or length either. I have had Russell Day Long seats made for bikes in the past, but would like to avoid going that route if there is another option out there that I can make work.

I have already adjusted the floor boards forward, but that does not help much with the height and angle. I am thinking I may have to try building some layers on top of the seat with a sheep skin and/or maybe a Air Hawk, or a bead rider(or all of them).

Anyone with long legs and some seat experiences that can help would be most welcome. Thanks!
Greetings Malcolm,

May I suggest Russell Day Long saddle for you. They will work with you to accomplish what you need. When you order your RDL, they will ask for pictures of you on your bike. You also describe to them what changes you want to your seating position. Finally, their workmanship is excellent. They are the ONLY seat manufacturer of which I am aware who asks for pictures of you in various positions on your bike, so that they can 'see' what adjustments need to be made. I have a RDL and it IS an all day, DAY LONG saddle!

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I have to agree with everyone who said look at a custom made seat for the ideal long-term solution - BUT how do you determine the best height, setback etc for that custom seat? - by mocking up what you can with airpads or a sacrificial seat that you can hack up. In the past when I have not had an airpad or a spare seat to destroy I have made-do by removing my stock seat and stuffing spacers under it to get more height. The funny thing is as soon as you gain an inch height you can simultaneously move the seat at least an inch back, higher up the curve of the rear fender. I was able to ride a 2004 Nomad around like this for 2 seasons by making a series of spacers and bracket extensions. In the pic below you can see the stock seat about 3" higher than normal and way further back on the fender...which was very comfortable for me. I'm not suggesting it as a permanent solution but it might afford you some seat-time to help dial in the right combination of height and setback before investing in a custom-made seat.


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