My2013 Vaquero came with a Mustang 2up seat. It makes me sit a little higher than I want (seat is comfy though). I was curious as to everyone’s thoughts on the Kawasaki gel seat? Also, someone told me that I would need a different mounting bracket? Is that true? All opinions and help is truly appreciated
Obviously this comment should come with the caveat that YMMV, but I have tried a lot of seats. This won't answer your question directly, but I had a 900 and the stock seat was horrible. I tried an airhawk....and the results were better, but not great.
Stock seat for me = 30 minutes max before my lower back and tailbone was sore. Airhawk gave me maybe 90 minutes to two hours before soreness. But, even with minimal air, I did not like the feeling of floating on the seat. Especially around corners, you could feel the air moving under you. I personally did not like that feeling, almost like I was "disconnected" from the bike, somehow.
I then got a saddleman and the results were better still...not great, but better. I always felt like I sat ON the airhawk, but IN the saddleman. It gave me more comfort, but on longer days, the numbness was there.
I like taking long trips, so a great seat is important. I then got rid of the saddleman, and got a Corbin. Hands down the best seat I have tried. 6 to 8 hours a day were never an issue.
I had a mustang seat in the past also, and while comfortable to sit on, I did not like how it felt like it moved me up and closer to the controls.... this negated the comfort advantages (at least for me).
On my Vaquero, it came with a Corbin. Although the previous owner told me he had the foam re-worked a bit. I am not sure what exactly he had done, or how it is different than the Corbin from the factory, but it is perfect. The most I have done in a day is about 500kms. Maybe 9 to 10 hours or so.
The stock seat felt higher (as I have sat on a vaquero with stock seat). I like the way the Corbin feels and the riding position. This will depend on your height and inseam for sure.
I have a riding buddy with a VTX1300 and he has an Ultimate seat. I have tried it. It too is great, but I don't have anything to compare it to on his bike, as far as the stock seat goes. He swears by it, but it is pricey. I guess, depending on how important seat comfort is, how much you ride, what type of riding you do, (and your budget), price may not be an issue.
Unfortunately, I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all solution for seats.
But I can say that Corbin is 2 for 2 for me, as I am on my second and both times have been impressed.
As far as the Kawi gel seat, I can only tell you what others have said - it is hit or miss as far as comfort level goes. I have sat on one, but not ridden on it. It feels remarkably similar to the saddleman...
As most find out (not all of course, but most), the stock seats on many bikes are horrid. It would be nice if there were "try before you buy" options!
Worth noting, at least in my experience, every seat used the stock bracket....
Good luck with whatever you decide on!