Comfortable Motorcycle Seats
Motorcycle Seats: Oh, what I would give for a comfortable motorcycle seat! On a clear day, I can ride my motorcycle forever. Almost. I ride a sport bike, with bars that have been lowered, so I'm riding in an extreme position, more or less. If we are clicking away miles on the highway, trying just to get somewhere, we usually try to stop every hundred miles. An off-the-bike stretch is a necessity for a long day of highway riding. But even with the stops and the stretches, by the end of a day like this, I'm stiff and sore. Perhaps this is related to the position in which I ride, and some of the soreness and stiffness is related to my middle-agedness. Either way, I am constantly searching for remedies and/or preventive measures, or for more comfortable motorcycle seats!
I've tried sheepskin covers over my seat, which helped somewhat. (Until I left the sheepskin on overnight, and it rained). I do have some male rider friends who absolutely swear by their sheepskins, and love them so much that they remember to take them in at night.
At the BMW rally this year, I bought a sheep skin cover from Alaska Leather, which fits my motorcycle seat perfectly. I have to say - it did make a difference in comfort on the ride home, and it is easy to put on and take off.
Amidst a sea of parked motorcycle at a recent event, I noted some of the most uncomfortable motorcycle seats I have ever seen. I am quite sure that these seats are only intended for bikes that are sprint racers, but holy cow!
I think that they might be well served by some padding on those seats - perhaps from a custom motorcycle seat? My favorite custom seats are made by Corbin - I visited their tent this year at the BMW rally, and swooned over a new seat for my BMW R1100S.
Probably the most uncomfortable times on the motorcycle are during long trips, after many highway miles at the end of the day. I have had my rear end go numb, so numb that it was difficult to actually get off the motorcycle.
It does help to change position as much as possible, lean on the right cheek and then the left.
But, I think the best solution might be a custom seat, or a shorter day.