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.