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After 4 days and just 1400 miles I was ready to sell my recently purchased 2008 Vulcan 900 Classic LT and hitch hike home. I think that the stock seat must have been left over from the Spanish Inquisition. Between picking my clothes out of my crotch every 20 minutes (due to the curve design of the seat causing a lot of sliding, my theory) and feeling like a butt break was needed every 75 miles, I really need to find an aftermarket seat; something that allows you to ride for 12 hours if you feel the need and doesn't leave you thinking you are being punished for all the sins of your past! I know there must be 50 different options and 1000 different opinions but I would appreciate learning from your experience. (The seat has 5000 miles on it so its not broken down in my opinion. Also, this is not my first bike...previous one was Honda 1100 Shadow with 60K miles) Thx
 

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I used a Mustang touring seat and also had a Saddlemen Renegade Solo Seat. They both feel like your favorite living room chair compared to that torture device known as the stock seat.
 

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If you have no time.....go to Canadian Tire (or Staples) etc...and buy a gel seat for your office chair. Some of them are shaped exactly like our torture device..um seat. This will bide you some time!
 

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Anything you put on TOP of your seat will only sit you higher, while at the same time, take the same shape of your seat. Motorcycle seat comfort isn't necessarily a function of the foam, so much as it's a function of the seat shape and design. You're right, the stock seat on the 900LT will shove you forward into the nose of the seat and cause the infamous "monkey butt."

I tried a Mustang seat and it didn't make it for me. I think it just put me in the wrong posture. A Russell Daylong saddle was the cure and worked perfectly for me as it is a true custom-made seat. A Russell is expensive, but definitely worth the money spent, particularly if you tend to ride long distances.

While the type of foam used in a seat is important, it has to be coupled with the proper shape. The foam alone doesn't do the job properly. Seat pads may seem to be more comfortable (and, to an extent they are) but, IMO, they create a feeling of being somewhat disconnected from the motorcycle. A good custom seat is fashioned similar to those famous tractor seats and distribute your weight evenly and properly on the seat, and a true custom, such as the Russell is not only made properly, but is made to your individual specifications, hence when you order one or ride in and have them make it for you right there, they want your weight, height, inseam measurement, any specific physical issues that need addressed, and photos of you sitting on the bike.

Sorry for the long reply, but if you're like me and have back issues, as so many of us do, then a proper seat is paramount to motorcycling comfort. I've had several Russell seats and have never been disappointed.
 

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I just dropped of my stock seat yesterday from my vn900 custom. Instead of spending big bucks on a new seat I am trying to get my stock seat modded. It's must cheaper and the cool part is your can totally redesign your seat. I am getting a leather cover with orange on the outside to match my orange headers. I did think of purchasing a mustang seat but I have a few friends who work in the business I they both suggested getting my seat modded insteadof buying a new one. Mainly because when you buy a new seat you buy it without ever trying it. Good luck. By the way someone on here had a link that they had their seat modded quite cheaply.
http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64577

I am paying only $150. Good luck
 

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I've never ever heard anyone NOT like a Russel daylong.

That said, I have a Mustang and love it. 500-600 miles a day is nothing now. Used to be, 30 miles or more was terrible!
 

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I've never ever heard anyone NOT like a Russel daylong.

That said, I have a Mustang and love it. 500-600 miles a day is nothing now. Used to be, 30 miles or more was terrible!
Plus 1 .... the other thing you might want to try is adjusting you bars slightly, riding posture and ergonomics is a big thing
 

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Plus 1 .... the other thing you might want to try is adjusting you bars slightly, riding posture and ergonomics is a big thing
Oh a big +1 there. I never had highway pegs because I could never ride far enough without stopping to need them the first few months I owned my bike with a stock seat. After getting the Mustang seat, my first ride was 200 miles without stopping and my knees popped and cracked and hurt when I got off. My butt was a LITTLE sore too. Got highway pegs, and not only did they make my knees feel better (by changing position), but that little bit of rear-end soreness went away. Keeps the blood flowing. Highway pegs, a mustang seat, and bars that fit right; and I can ride as far as I can stay awake and afford to go!
 

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I was almost crying at 100 miles on the stock seat. Leaning on one cheek to the other. The Mustang vintage seat cured that instantly. 300 mile trips are no issue at all.
 

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Get an Air Hawk. Inexpensive ($80 from an eBay store) and comfortable. I'm halfway through a 4, 000 mile ride. I couldn't do it without the Air Hawk medium cruiser seat pad. It absorbs the bumps and keeps me riding.
 

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Mustang all the way!!!!!!! It really makes a difference. I hesitated for way too long for fear it would not make that much ($400 worth) of a difference, but it did. Worth every penny. REALLY! I can ride all day and really enjoy the ride. Like you, before my tail was getting sore after maybe an hour or so and then the half hour or 45 minute breaks were mandatory just to get me where I was going. What a pain in the %&%*#. No more pain with the Mustang seat. I highly recomend it.
 

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