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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Default Suspention and seat

This weekend I went on a long overnight ride with some buddy's, I'll spare you the debauchery. Anyway my back is killing me and one of the guys noticed I seem to "bounce around" more then the others. Does anyone have a suggestion for a better seat and any suspension adjustments?
I'm 235lb so I didn't want to just start loosing up what was there without knowing more about it. 2012 hammer 8-ball if it matters on the seat.

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if your bouncing around a lot I would say you need to stiffen the shock. Your a big guy and there is no seat thats going to help

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Talk to a custom seat guy. You need a seat that will suspend and support your frame. The victory touring seat is pretty good too, a lot of people like them, but a custom seat is a bit cheaper or the same and its tailored to your frame so it should be better. I am planning to send my seat to LAAM. Seem like good people to deal with.

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The stock Hammer 8-ball rear shock is bad ..... The stock Hammer 8-ball seat is poor ...at best.

That said.....there is hope...i
As stated ...the touring seat is a marked improvement..for both the driver and the passenger. If you want to keep the rear cowl look (as I do ) ....then you need to have the seat reworked....and there are options.... Just need to decide what you want .

As far as the rear shock issue....the 2 popular upgrades are -
- progressive shock , and
- penske shock .

Both are big improvements and will make the ride much better.
The progressive retails for about 5 bills , and the Penske about 7.5.

While your at it ...consider upgrading the rubber after stock dunnys wear out ....

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Default seats not bad for one!

thought my 13 hammer needed a seat but it needed a built for me Penske shock! 2500 miles later still have the good lookin stock seat setup. the pirelli night dragon 240 tire helped a bit too, especially with handling. the dunlop's ride hard but last long with marginal performance IMO!! what our hammer's need is a reasonable 200-55-17 tire, about same diameter as our stocker, low sidewalls aid handling but ride hard!!
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I have the flamed bandit seat with 4" of overall peg extension ... I'm 6'2 - 220 . I have done 500 Mi. in a day . I realize the bike rides hard but it wasn't until I added the Judge bars off 2013 model that really made my bike more comfy , you will sit up straighter with these bars and it did wonders for me . I do also have the Touring seat and it is super comfy for when the wife tags along . I do work out a lot and am in good shape , that may be a reason I don't hurt as much also ....

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good point mags as most americans are in poor physical condition + obesity is rampant!! riding a naked xxx bike a distance prolly requires better fitness
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I have the flamed bandit seat with 4" of overall peg extension ... I'm 6'2 - 220 . I have done 500 Mi. in a day . I realize the bike rides hard but it wasn't until I added the Judge bars off 2013 model that really made my bike more comfy , you will sit up straighter with these bars and it did wonders for me . I do also have the Touring seat and it is super comfy for when the wife tags along . I do work out a lot and am in good shape , that may be a reason I don't hurt as much also ....
Not to be a ney-sayer about fitness...as i do believe in it...but how old are you as well ?

I've exercised / worked out all my life...but now @ 64 things are starting to ...well....change. Actually ...the main reason for coming to Victory. I just can't sit on my BMW for long periods of time anymore. And the tall saddle [33"] made getting on & off...a bitch some days
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Hey RGP , I'm 46 , soon to be 47 I meant no disrespect to anyone based on their fitness level , or age . I looked to see what your riding but you didn't have it listed . The Hammer is a rough ride , because of that , and other reasons if I were older , and maybe not as fit , I would most likely be on a cross bike . After changing a bunch of stuff to make it more tolerable/enjoyable to ride , for extended distances anyway , being fit / in good shape may help in the long run . We all get aches and pains , But , You say you are fit for your age and exercise , and it still hurts sometimes ... I say be thankful you take care of yourself , or you may not be riding at all ... Being fit at any age makes everything you do easier !

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Hey RGP , I'm 46 , soon to be 47 I meant no disrespect to anyone based on their fitness level , or age . I looked to see what your riding but you didn't have it listed . The Hammer is a rough ride , because of that , and other reasons if I were older , and maybe not as fit , I would most likely be on a cross bike . After changing a bunch of stuff to make it more tolerable/enjoyable to ride , for extended distances anyway , being fit / in good shape may help in the long run . We all get aches and pains , But , You say you are fit for your age and exercise , and it still hurts sometimes ... I say be thankful you take care of yourself , or you may not be riding at all ... Being fit at any age makes everything you do easier !

No offence taken...I was just pointing out that aging does change things IMO no matter what ya do. And I have noticed that as I age the ole body does not respond to exercise in the same manner it once did

Riding an XR BTW,
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