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Received my Ultimate seat last week and finally had a chance to ride yesterday. This is on a 2012 CCT. First impression was that it looked nice and the fit was great. My wife rode with me so will tell her perspective also. We made about a 150 mile trip (about 60, then about 80).

Observations: seat is cooler and wider than stock. It has a deeper pocket, but I didn't notice it sitting me back any further. It is much better than stock, and then it leaves a little. As I rode I didn't really get numb as i was on the stocker, but it progressivly got softer until it started hurting my tailbone. Then it kept getting softer until it felt like I was sitting on either side of it and a hump in the middle....that the boys didn't like.

Wife said I was farther back, she did say that it did not seem to keep her from sliding forward as she had hoped. On the stock seat she was constantly sliding forward. She did say it was not as bad, but I did keep feeling her push back. Sha said she was not as numb as stock seat and was ok with it.

Bottom line, I guess I will keep it as it is much better than the stock one. We both hated it. I think it would be a much better seat if it had some firmness to it. I am 265lbs and it is too soft. I don't want a brick like Corbin, but something more firm so that it doesn't sink on the sides and develop a ridge in the center. I guess I will take it someplace and see if they can firm it up as I don't think Ultimate firms them beynd what they produce. If you are not realy heavy, I think it would be a GREAT seat. Oh well, it's an improvement I guess at the very least.
 

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Or you could just lose weight... this would make the ride much more comfortable AND you will probably live, (and ride) alot longer!! ;)
 

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Rvator97, what a great bit of advice. I appreciate it. However, considering you don't know what I look like or that I seem to be able to pass my PT in the military for the past 23 years I think it is a bit early to judge me or my weight. But I do appreciate your concern for my health.

Peace out.
 

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I guess I better watch my weight for yet another reason. :D

I'm at about 250 and found the Ultimate seat to be an amazing improvement. When I stopped for gas on a recent 700+ mile trip; I was still ok. With the stock seat and even after getting some gel installed in the stock seat; I needed to stop and get off the bike after an hour. I was squirming in 30 minutes because it caused so much pain on my tail bone and always felt like I wasn't really sitting on much of a square foot area. With the Ultimate I feel more like I'm sitting in it but I do understand what you said about it being a little too soft because at some point it felt like the cushion has been compressed as much as it could be. A layer of firmer foam in there would definitely fix that. Not as a top layer but maybe as the middle or bottom layer so it would still maintain some spring action to it. The Mustang seats do this particular thing a bit better I think.

As you said MrChips; for lighter people it is probably a non issue and I definitely should lose some weight. :D
 

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Bbob, you got it. It is a vast improveent over stock. but it does need a firm layer in there somewhere and I agree it is not the top layer. it was 100 degrees on our run, so outside temps were certanly hot. I am curious to see what it does once the temps drop down. In the meantime I am going to talkto some of the apolstery places around here and see if they could do a firmer layer in it. But it is much better than stock. actually what surprised me more han anything was how much cooler it was that the stock seat. I am also goign to get a seat pad. I have a buddythat picked one up from a hardly shop that he said really helped him and really helped the seat to breath.
 

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Look into a Freedom Air or Airhawk R seat pad. Both of these have a cutout in the back to keep pressure of your tailbone and both have a groove in the center to keep pressure off your prostate. The main difference between the two is that the Airhawk has a single valve the fills the whole pad while the Freedom pad has valves for each side. The main purpose of these pads is to put your weight on your butt bones instead of your tailbone. The advantage with this is that you don't sink into the seat as much which cuts down on circulation problems.

Mrchips,
It sucks to have to run 20 some seconds slower than someone half your age in order to score well on your fit test but if you can do it you're a better man than me! I threw in the towel after 21 years (and change) and I'm glad I did because they changed the fit test not long after.
 

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Ammo, I hear ya...LOL I just turned 49 and it aint near as fun or easy as it once was. But heck, I didn't join until I was almost 27, so I was old when I started....LOL The ole body is beaten and tired. Will see how goes after this tour.

I was looking at the Airhawk, but don't want to be made taller in the seat. Didn't know if you could deflate enough to not be raised much but still have enough air to work properly.
 

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Rvator97, what a great bit of advice. I appreciate it. However, considering you don't know what I look like or that I seem to be able to pass my PT in the military for the past 23 years I think it is a bit early to judge me or my weight. But I do appreciate your concern for my health.

Peace out.
Your refutation was much nicer than mine would have been!
 

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Thanks Master Chief for your service.

I also thank you for your review. I'm considering a new seat for my XCT and your post inspired me to hold off. Did you talk to Ultimate and give them your weight and height? They did that for my VTX and hoped they would set up the seat for a Victory as well.
 

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PakRat, first off you're very welcome.

Yes i did give Ultimate my height/weight. Now if you are hating the stock seat (I was) then Ultimate is a vast improvement and worth the money. But for me it is still not quite what I am looking for. However, there are MANY on here and the other site that absolutely love them (by their posts). So don't let my review change sway you. Ultimate does have a 14 day return, so if you get one and don't like it....send it back.
 

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The Airhawk looks like it requires more air than the Freedom. Take a look at the two and you'll see that the Freedom looks thinner and may only raise you 1/4-3/8".
 
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