Review - Mustang Wide Seat & 10" Apes for 6'1 rider
Hi. I've been reading on the forums since april of this year and have everyone to thank here. I just bought a 2012 vulcan 900 at the time.
I thought I would post a review of my riding experience as I came from a 2004 Honda Spirit 1100. That bike sat a bit higher, and had small ape\chopper style bars that fit my long legs/arms 6'1/200lb frame very well! I sold the bike in 2008 and when it came time to get another one this year, I knew I would probably have to customize the bike to my riding style as most seem to be lower than my old spirit and have lower hand positions.
The first issue was after a month, I like most realized the stock seat was simply "brutal" for more than 30-40 minutes. So I sat on a corbin, saddlemen and ended up with the Mustang wide vintage touring. It was firmer, but it keeps my back straight and it is great for long drives. I can see why folks sear by these.
As to my frame, it fixed an issue where it raised me enough to let my legs/knees level out a bit on the bike - which was huge benefit. It felt only slightly forward to me, don't even notice it anymore and again, just slightly. But unfortunately it caused some discomfort in my arms. They now felt like they were lower and tight turns felt more laborious.
I researched for weeks and ended up with a cost effective fix. I got some 10" mini-apes from J&P, part no. 500-839. They fit with no rerouting of cables and plenty of room with the stock classic risers. They brought my arms up just right for my frame. Also got what feels like a tighter turning radius as they are not quite as wide as the stock bars.
Two hours is no issue with me now, and the bike finally feels like it "fits" me. Just thought I would share my impressions of this setup, very cost effective for me.
Some pics of the setup, again been lurking for quite awhile and thought I would post up a review.
Current: 2012 Vulcan 900 Classic
Hard Krome 3" Drag Pros | J&P cycles Chrome 10" Ape Hangers 500-839 | Himalaya Leather Swing Arm Bag
Mustang Wide Touring Vintage Seat | Cobra Small Sissy Bar
Previous: 2004 Honda Spirit 1100
Last edited by rygen; 07-14-2013 at 08:14 PM.