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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Default Seat comparison HMD520 to Stock

I have a 2013 XC with a stock seat, its ok but after 200/300 miles it starts to lose come comfort.

A friend of mine has a HMD520 seat and let me try it out. I put 100 miles on it and it was fine. It is 1.5 " / 2" lower that stock and that created a little issue for me. When my feet were flat footed on the floor boards the angle in my hips was not that comfortable for me, I'm 6' tall 32" inseam. But when I stretched out like I had highway pegs (which I don't) it seemed to be more comfortable.

I think it was an OK seat, but every a s s is different. . . .

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I'm 6'00, 32 inseem. My 12 XC came with the tour seat. I just bought the stock seat with stitching and gel inserted from Coastal Victory and love, love, love it. I had back surgery (microdisectomy) 6 weeks ago. And last week I rhode to DC and back about 800 miles no problems.


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My XC also came with the "Tour" seat(installed by the original owner).
IMO its probably the most comfortable stock seat I've ridden on.

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I may have to consider this option. I ordered the Victory "Low Rider" seat from a dealer who sponsors this site for a good price and was very much anticipating it to arrive. It showed up last night and before installing it I measured the stock seat height and then installed the new "Low Rider" seat. The literature says it is 1" lower so you can imagine my surprise when I sat on the bike after installing it and noticed NO difference!

Upon measuring it after the install (with a level and tape measure) I found it "maybe" was lower by a 1/2" or less. I was looking for 1" +.

If the HMD seat is actually 1-1/2" to 2" lower "guaranteed" I will consider making this change over the winter. I just don't want to send my core in during riding weather.

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Good doggone thread!

Couple questions:

1. How's the weight distribution and firmness on the HMD compared to stock?

Meaning does it have a good even fit thigh to butt etc (good) as opposed to centralizing the pressure point to tailbone area etc (bad).
Is it evenly firm thoughout, which is proper for keeping pressure off tailbone area, etc.


2. So after sending them your seat, the swap is $599, correct?

If so... Wow! Mean City Cycles could do a custom mod I bet to your defined specs and wishes for a bunch less than that if I had to guess. What's the extra value in the HMD seat? I'm certainly open-minded, if there's more to it with the HMD mod vs a Mean City reshape and memory foam mod. If I had to guess, appears the covering is custom, to fit with the modded shape.



And just a statement on the stock seat with my short time on my Hard-Ball. While it's a far cry from the High-Ball seat I had, it still strikes me as plagued with OEM-seat syndrome. It's too soft and you sink to the pan with poor distribution. They sit great in the showroom, but not after 4 hours in-saddle.

Though I can still do twice the time on my stock seat than possibly even the awesome but hard corbin I had on the High-Ball, and 8 times the time than the stock High-Ball crap seat. So all things in perspective.

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Good doggone thread!

Couple questions:

1. How's the weight distribution and firmness on the HMD compared to stock?

Meaning does it have a good even fit thigh to butt etc (good) as opposed to centralizing the pressure point to tailbone area etc (bad).
Is it evenly firm thoughout, which is proper for keeping pressure off tailbone area, etc.


2. So after sending them your seat, the swap is $599, correct?

If so... Wow! Mean City Cycles could do a custom mod I bet to your defined specs and wishes for a bunch less than that if I had to guess. What's the extra value in the HMD seat? I'm certainly open-minded, if there's more to it with the HMD mod vs a Mean City reshape and memory foam mod. If I had to guess, appears the covering is custom, to fit with the modded shape.



And just a statement on the stock seat with my short time on my Hard-Ball. While it's a far cry from the High-Ball seat I had, it still strikes me as plagued with OEM-seat syndrome. It's too soft and you sink to the pan with poor distribution. They sit great in the showroom, but not after 4 hours in-saddle.

Though I can still do twice the time on my stock seat than possibly even the awesome but hard corbin I had on the High-Ball, and 8 times the time than the stock High-Ball crap seat. So all things in perspective.
I will do my best to answer your questions.

The seat is flatter and firmer than stock. It also gives you a little more room to move around. It does take some of the pressure off your backside.

The fit and finish is similar to stock.

The price is posted on there web site.

I have used Master Lugo in the past and am very pleased with his product. If I were to "buy" a custom seat it would have some custom stitching to match the bike and be stock height.

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I was very impressed with the customization and prices offered by Mean City Cycle. I think I will go that route because you get exactly what YOU require and not an off the shelf one size fits all item for a great price.

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