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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Default Solo Seats ? (Yes, AGAIN) Back Rest ?

OK, so not knowing anything about the motorcycle that I just bought.... ('13 Vegas 8-Ball)... I'm looking for a replacement for the factory seat.

After spending a day searching this forum, it appears that many like the Mustang wide vintage solo.

Any thoughts on this particular seat? What else is available?

I want to travel on this bike, and a comfortable seat is what I am looking for.

Question number 2 : Backrest, or no backrest?
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I started a couple of threads on the subject actually.. Similar bike:
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=18842
https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=27114

In summary, it's pretty much Mustang, Corbin or modify the stock. I opted to modify mine which give it fair 1-2 hour max capability better than original, but still not all-day capable. The stock steel-frame seats are just not shaped like a human's arse. But sure look good in the showroom, right.

Here's my take on it.. Others may disagree. I've owned a Mustang and have sat on Corbins:
If you want better than stock but still somewhat fitting the lines of the bike and height.. Corbin.
If you don't mind a bit taller seat but want all-day gazillion-mile comfort, go Mustang.
... I think (keyword), both of those will have an option for driver backrest.
If you just need to get a couple hours on a Saturday in without tailbone damage, consider having someone doctor the padding in your stock seat.

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The Mustang web site says something to the effect that it won't fit with a rack. I sent them an email and asked them to clarify if they meant a rear rack (rear of passenger seat) or if they also meant the Victory OEM Solo rack.

My plans are for a solo seat and a solo rack that bolts into the fender struts.

I've sent several seats off to meancitycycles.com and they re-contour them and add memory foam. Typically better than stock.... but you're right - not as good as a Mustang.

I've had two Corbin seats and they were still rock hard, even after a year of riding.

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I've got to defend the stock seat. since I bought my bike on 4-20 (60 days ago) I've put over 5000 miles on my bike going back and forth from n. ga to lafayette, la. even rode the bike back from where i bought it in orlando fla, back to lafayette, la.
I've never had a problem with seat discomfort.
if you can ride for 1 1/2 hours with no prob, then you should be good for all day. I mean, you gotta stop for gas, walk around, and give the ass a rest while you're on your feet.
I'm happy with mine. I was good, too, with my stock 03 honday shadow spirit 750 seat for cross country rides. and I once hit 900 miles in a day on that one.
my usual round trip from here to La and back is 1500 miles.
however, I found a place that will cutout some of the foam and put in gel, instead of memory foam. they'll even put a heater in it if you want.
http://www.richscustomseats.com/materials.asp
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I've got to defend the stock seat. since I bought my bike on 4-20 (60 days ago) I've put over 5000 miles on my bike going back and forth from n. ga to lafayette, la. even rode the bike back from where i bought it in orlando fla, back to lafayette, la. I've never had a problem with seat discomfort.

I was good, too, with my stock 03 honda shadow spirit 750 seat for cross country rides. and I once hit 900 miles in a day on that one.
my usual round trip from here to La and back is 1500 miles.
Oooooooh, so you're THAT guy. The ONE guy that motorcycle seat manufacturers designed the "perfect" seat for.

We always had a suspicion that there was that one guy out there that all of the sucky factory seats were designed for. Him, and nobody else.

We finally found you.

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If you don't mind a bit taller seat but want all-day gazillion-mile comfort, go Mustang.
I have a mustang on mine and I think it might be somewhere short of a gazillion. I can go 3 or 4 hours, much beyond that and my arse starts to smart a bit. It could also be I am not as young as I used to be, but nawww...

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Yeah I'm considering just a pad like someone mentioned a brand called "butt buffer", Just to throw on the stock seat for the longer rides.

I'd love too try a Corbin just because I never have but their high-ball seat just looks very narrow and they're silly expensive, compared to their mixed reviews.

Even considering DIY'ing a seat from an old seat pan myself. Shouldn't be rocket science for a vegas style seat to be more cupped to get pressure more evenly distributed away from tall bone where all my fatigue appears.

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How tall are you? If you are tall, go with the Mustang, if not I would highly recommend the (Victory) Saddleman solo seat. It has a slot for the backrest and is very comfortable.


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HC, That's a nice seat! Me lookie but no findie.. Is it still available somewhere? I assume it is/was sold as a Saddlemen product?

It's curved properly instead of most which have a straight line bend as if our asses have a straight-angled bend.

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HC, That's a nice seat! Me lookie but no findie.. Is it still available somewhere? I assume it is/was sold as a Saddlemen product?
It was sold thru the Vic accessory catalog, but now it says discontinued. I bought it on ebay for $299 brand new. Maybe Saddleman's contract ran out and they can sell them directly.



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It's curved properly instead of most which have a straight line bend as if our asses have a straight-angled bend.
The seat really cradles the backside and spreads the weight over a large area... unlike the stock seat where you sit right on your tail bone.

Ridden some on the Mustang Solo (Joe has it) and it's really comfortable, but it moves the rider back a couple of inches. The Saddleman moves the rider forward 1-1/2" from stock. I like my weight as far forward on the bike as possible... I'm 5'-9" so it's perfect for me. If I was 6' I'd want the Mustang.

My wife HATED the Mustang passenger seat on my old bike and she hates the OEM touring pillion seat too, so I'm gonna try the Corbin one piece seat. A guy can never have too many seats, right?

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