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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 09:23 AM
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I have back issues I have found a backrest, Air hawk,good grips and pegs make a world of difference. I also run minimum air pressure in my shocks.

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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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does the harley sundowner seat move you any closer to the bars? with the stock street glide seat i need to move about 1" closer but i dont want to sit much higher than stock.
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 07:56 AM
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I did two things that really improved the ergos on my '12 SG. I just put on Wild 1 chubby bars model number WO575. They move the handlebar position up a couple inches and back a couple inches. No cable changes needed. They are much more comfortable than stock. I also went with a Corbin classic solo seat with drivers backrest. I know you don't like Corbin, but I think any quality seat with a drivers backrest would really help you. Even a stock UG seat with driver's backrest as suggested earlier might be good. My bike is much more comfortable now and I can easily ride out a tankful and have much less fatique at the end of the day. Here's a link to the bars I put on. Wild 1 Chubby Handlebars.

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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 08:19 AM
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I agree 100% with all those that recommend a back rest. I know a lot of guys don't like the look...ruins the lines and makes it look sissy...BS!!! I injured my back in May and couldn't ride more than 50 miles before I had to stop and take a break. I was going on a 2,600 mile road trip in July and knew I wasn't gonna make it with my back the way it was. Through some recommendations here in the forums I found the perfect back rest for my Heritage at a reasonable price on eBay. The back rest, in conjunction with well-placed highway pegs, saved the trip. I was able to do 450-500 miles a day with no problem whatsoever.
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 01:09 PM
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The Sundowner seat did not move me any closer to the bars. It did have a wider width ( for your ass to sit in) and a little higher back height , for back support. Of course the Softail standard seat is a two up seat with no wide setting area. Harley makes a Reach seat which moves you 1 inch forward and 1 inch down. I didn't like the reach on the Ultra as it was less comfortable. Not as much padding. Went back to stocked Ultra seat.

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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:51 PM
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In my search for comfort for my bad back Ive tried a few seats, what I ended up with raised me up pretty good but its a comfortable ride. The Harley Hammock seat is by far the most comfortable seat I have tried. I only use it for long trips or when the wife is riding. I have a sundowner as well and when broken in it is comfortable, but my wife doesnt ride as much as me and after a half hour of riding was getting sore. No issues with the dual hammock seat for either of us. I also switched out the stock shocks for ohlins and put progressive monotubes in the front, got a riders back rest and installed the 10" bars so I don't have to reach anymore.
Everything together cost a lot but I did it over time and it was worth it.

When I just ride around time I strip the bike back down to a street glide but when I have the wife or want comfort this is how it looks.

Even in street glide mode it rides better with the front and rear shocks and bars, and I keep the back rest in my saddle bag in case I need it!

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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 08:04 AM
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Get a used police air seat on ebay. Cops ride this bike for a living.
Just scored a like new one for $100 including pump, brackets, and cover ! 2013's went to springs. Get a 2009 (08 ?) to 12.
Plus it just looks killer.

I'm trying to see if I can fit one behind it for the wife. May have to go springs vs air sack. Mustang makes a drop in pillion seat if not.
I've seen pics of old school Harleys with Dual solo seats.
Funky cool.
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post #18 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Robert Fox View Post
i purchase a new 2013 flhx street glide and need a new seat for it. a couple of yrs. back i suffered a back injury resulting in a couple of surguries. now when i ride after 40-50 miles my tailbone and lower back really starts to hurt.
so this brings me to ask which seat offers the best support/ride quality? i have had mustangs and corbins but no real success. any suggestions will be greatly appreciated?
Tour sore tail bone raises a red flag. Have you thought about a custom seat? Maybe someone could make it so you don't have so much pressure on your tail bone. I'm sure someone here can make a recommendation for a good seat maker.
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I am not back pain free. No surgery, but problems from being a crazy youth. The sundowner has a larger lip in the lower tail-bone area that seems to support me real well. No back rest is needed for me. I can go for hours. I don't think it put me closer to the bars. I may try to adjust them a little at some point, but it is pretty close as a stock setup for me.

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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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i ended up going with the cyclepedic from rush. it has the cut out section for your tailbone. seems to be doing pretty well so far i just have not had time to put many miles on it and get it broken in.
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