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I know that a lot of folks seem to really like the stock XC seat (and it is much better than my last bike), but for longer rides, I'd prefer a bit more comfort. The aftermarket offerings for a XC seat are pretty thin, so I was thinking about trying the Victory Touring Seat. The problem with that is that not only have I not seen one, I'm not even sure how different it is from the stock seat. I'll assume it's wider than stock since I've read that there can be some issue with clearance when used with Victory soft bags, but that's about it. So, having said all that, I was wondering if anyone has made the change and if so, how you like the touring seat. What would you consider the main improvement - if any - over the stock seat? Is it something you'd recommend to a fellow rider with a sore backside?
 

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The seat was narrowed on the 2011 XR because the standard seat would not allow the soft bags to open completely. The soft bags open the opposite direction as the hard bags; with the soft bags the lid opens towards the seat.

The touring seat is the same design as the OEM wide rear seat. The diffenece is that it's about 1" thicker. Thicker / softer is always better; some people prefer a hard seat (corbin) because they sink into soft seats. When you sink into a seat you decrease blood flow to your bum and thighs. This causes the hot spots and pain that many people talk about. You may want to consider using the OEM seat with an Airhawk or Alaska Leather seat pad. Both these pads allow airflow under your bum which makes long rides much more tolerable.

Once you get enough miles on and toughen up the bum caluses you can scrap (sell) the pad to another leery rider.

Let's hope the thicker/softer comment doesn't get too many comments...
 

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I know that a lot of folks seem to really like the stock XC seat (and it is much better than my last bike), but for longer rides, I'd prefer a bit more comfort. The aftermarket offerings for a XC seat are pretty thin, so I was thinking about trying the Victory Touring Seat. The problem with that is that not only have I not seen one, I'm not even sure how different it is from the stock seat. I'll assume it's wider than stock since I've read that there can be some issue with clearance when used with Victory soft bags, but that's about it. So, having said all that, I was wondering if anyone has made the change and if so, how you like the touring seat. What would you consider the main improvement - if any - over the stock seat? Is it something you'd recommend to a fellow rider with a sore backside?
I think I would have the stock seat modified before I'd get the touring seat. Most towns have someone who does bike seats so you don't have to mess with too much down time or shipping. If you want some really trick and nice stuff you can talk with Sargent, Cycleops, Mean City Cycles, to name a few. Otherwise some trimming of the existing cushion and install of what works for you might be just the thing. I do wish Mustang made seats for XC's. They probably will in the not-too-distant future. I'm not real keen on how they look but they sure are comfy. :)

As luck would have it; I'm having some seat issues as well. I guess it has to do with losing muscle mass when we get over 50. I'm currently running a sheepskin with a gel seat pad I found on Amazon. It just sits between the seat and sheepskin. Because the gel cushion is just for a chair or something; it's much less expensive than one that says it's for a motorcycle. Funny how that works. I'm have a little issue with the tail bone so I looked for something that would give me a little relief from pressure on it. So far this is working very well. In time I might have the gel pads installed in the seat with some good quality memory foam over the top of it. The downside to gel is it holds heat (or cold) for a long time so it's best to have something over to it to prevent it from, in my case here in the desert SW, heating up too much.
 

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The downside to gel is it holds heat (or cold) for a long time so it's best to have something over to it to prevent it from, in my case here in the desert SW, heating up too much.
So, you're telling us that you don't like being in the hot seat . . .

. . . or freezing your buns off.
 

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I think I would have the stock seat modified before I'd get the touring seat. Most towns have someone who does bike seats so you don't have to mess with too much down time or shipping. If you want some really trick and nice stuff you can talk with Sargent, Cycleops, Mean City Cycles, to name a few. Otherwise some trimming of the existing cushion and install of what works for you might be just the thing. I do wish Mustang made seats for XC's. They probably will in the not-too-distant future. I'm not real keen on how they look but they sure are comfy. :)

As luck would have it; I'm having some seat issues as well. I guess it has to do with losing muscle mass when we get over 50. I'm currently running a sheepskin with a gel seat pad I found on Amazon. It just sits between the seat and sheepskin. Because the gel cushion is just for a chair or something; it's much less expensive than one that says it's for a motorcycle. Funny how that works. I'm have a little issue with the tail bone so I looked for something that would give me a little relief from pressure on it. So far this is working very well. In time I might have the gel pads installed in the seat with some good quality memory foam over the top of it. The downside to gel is it holds heat (or cold) for a long time so it's best to have something over to it to prevent it from, in my case here in the desert SW, heating up too much.
Have you tried one of the gel pads with the cut out for the tailbone? A riding buddy of mine, his wife uses one (broke her tailbone a while back) and swears by it? If you'd like I'll find out where he got it?
 

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Have you tried one of the gel pads with the cut out for the tailbone? A riding buddy of mine, his wife uses one (broke her tailbone a while back) and swears by it? If you'd like I'll find out where he got it?
Thanks ajax but the gel pad I listed above that I'm using now has the cutout. The backside of the XC seat is a bit more angled than I like so I'll be getting that cut to a more verticle angle.
 
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