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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Best Seat for Back Injury

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?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 04:20 PM
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I think a stock Ultra or Electraglide Classic seat would work for you.

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do you have rider back rest?
and are your handle bars right for your posture?
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Had a sundowner on my 03 ImageUploadedByMO Free1353807207.820029.jpgImageUploadedByMO Free1353807275.560207.jpgSoftail standard, with some pegs on the highway bars. It was really good on my back. L4 and 5 are screwed up. But would only go about 30 miles before taken a break. Then I got me a 07 ultra and I went 3 hours before taken a piss stop. Stock seat with a back rest and the posture was different than a Softail. Maybe the combo of all did the trick? Put some pegs on the highway bars and lean back enjoy the ride!


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do you have rider back rest?
and are your handle bars right for your posture?
As mentioned above riders back rest and the correct bars for you are a huge.

The single biggest thing that helped my neck and back while riding was bars at the right height and wrist position.

I have a fused spine at L3, L4 and L5. I can make if for 2-3 hours and am fine without a back rest. Any longer than that or if we go for a week long ride then the back rest is on. I am running a Roadglide seat on an Electra Glide Classic.

If I take the Softail out I wear a lower back brace and keep the rides short
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thanks guys. i do find myself having to reach for the bars and i do agree that a backrest could help. if i do change bars what would be a good recomendation?
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I have a junkyard in my spine and I'm a cheap bastard so I solved my similar problem with a set of risers and take-off donor bars and I fabricated a backrest. Made all the difference.

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I have a '12 Ultra and I'm 6'5" so for me the Tall Boy seat and back rest works well and is comfortable but, MY PEGS..., now that is where I can get comfortable for the long ride. I have adjusted the pegs on the highway bars and that also can help to reduce the pressure on my legs and/or my rear end. I have the Kuryaken ISO-Stirrups with Large ISO-Pegs.


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I have a '12 Ultra and I'm 6'5" so for me the Tall Boy seat and back rest works well and is comfortable but, MY PEGS..., now that is where I can get comfortable for the long ride. I have adjusted the pegs on the highway bars and that also can help to reduce the pressure on my legs and/or my rear end. I have the Kuryaken ISO-Stirrups with Large ISO-Pegs.

i have the same highway pegs but not the stirrups. mine are mounted kinda low on the crash bar so i can let my heel rest on the floorboard and the ball of my foot is on the peg. i also added the 3/4" floorboard spacers from kuryakyn to move the boards out away from the frame. that seemed to help a little bit too. now it doesnt feel like i am hugging the tank with my legs. i am really looking at a harley sundowner seat with a drivers backrest. that seat looks really comfortable.
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Take a look at the Rush Cycle Pedic channel seat. It is the only seat specifically made for back issues.
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