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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Wife hates my Hammer S, need info to aid in my decision

So I finally had the chance to take the wife out for a spin yesterday on the Hammer.

She hated it.

Here are her issues:

Stock seat sucks (no surprise)
She prefers a backrest to feel comfortable and secure
Seating position keeps us too close, our helmets knock on all shifts
Passenger pegs too close, she was getting sore legs and cramping
She is tiny (5'5", 120lbs) yet her tailbone was hurting because it was still hitting the seam where the fender meets the rear of the seat


Here are MY issues:

While I could buy a different saddle, I don't want to sacrifice the look of the Hammer by doing so. It's primarily designed as a solo bike with the hidden seat there "just in case" and certainly not for touring. Bought it understanding this limitation, I had no idea she'd really wanna ride much. I was wrong

I like the Crossroads, but not fond of getting into a bike that large, and honestly, I've already dropped a little over $20k in bikes this year, not sure I wanna buy another bike that costs that much by itself (I'm not trading my Hammer S)

If I were to look at say a Jackpot, would there be a seat that not only feels more "plush" but would actually sit her back further away from me than the OEM Hammer pillion position?

(I would prefer a Jackpot over any other bike right now, so that question is important to me, I like the green they made a few years back, so I could fare better on price than I would on a new Crossroads)

Since I ride my Hammer solo 98% of the time, I'm keeping the seat/cowl alone.

I don't know of any relocation or extension of the passenger pegs for a Hammer




So I see my options like this:

Ride a Crossroads and see if I will be comfortable with the size/weight & handling

Ride a Road King and Fatboy Lo with saddles more ideal for her

Find a saddle that would give us more space between us for a Jackpot


Any advice at this point is very welcomed. I am already buying two other bikes this year for other purposes, so I'd rather not have to drop $20k+ on a new Croasroads (and mods) if I can avoid it.

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Do what I did and buy a pro pad and Tomohawk sissy bar. Angel has ridden comfortably to Reno and back from Sacramento with me.

When I got the propad she said it was a night and day difference.

Here is an old pic with the sissy bar and you can see the pro pad on the passenger seat.
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Yeah, I've heard good things about those pads. If all the other requirements can be filled on a Jackpot, I'll likely just get a custom refinisher to add a large gel pad in the seat itself anyway. Something sculpted for our butts and stitched all perty-like

Sissy bar is also a good option. Normally I'm not a fan of the look, but it really works on your bike. Probably because of the front end you put on, the added rake flows well with the angle of the sissy bar and creates a complete look that's pleasing to the eye.

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Thanks Bandit. I've never quite loved the bar. Others say the same thing as you but it only goes on when Angel rides with me.
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Well I see 2 different options....#1...Leave her at home.....problem solved.....LOL #2 Get her a bike, one that she likes and can handle well...again...Problem solved......

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My wife had the same problem when I got my hammer, so I bought her a bike. She has always been interested in riding, so I got her a Honda Shadow 750 to learn on, and hopefully in a couple of years she will want to ride a bigger bike and I'll buy either a Cross Country or Vision and she'll ride the hammer (and I'll still be able to ride the hammer...damn I love that bike!)
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Ended up trading my Hammer in on my new XC. Wife just couldn't ride on the Hammer.

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Just buy the victory bandit seat (not the touring one) and switch it out when she wants to ride. only takes 10 minutes. The bandit seat looks nice in my opinion because it doesn't come too far above the rear fender.

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Do what I did and buy a pro pad and Tomohawk sissy bar. Angel has ridden comfortably to Reno and back from Sacramento with me.

When I got the propad she said it was a night and day difference.

Here is an old pic with the sissy bar and you can see the pro pad on the passenger seat.
Where can I get something like that for my High-Ball? My wife misses having a backrest since I got rid of my vulcan. not to mention, I think a sissy bar would add to the look of the highball.

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Where can I get something like that for my High-Ball? My wife misses having a backrest since I got rid of my vulcan. not to mention, I think a sissy bar would add to the look of the highball.
You would use the same backrest as a Kingpin or Vegas.
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