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I'm thinking about installing aftermarket seats on my 2010 Nomad but I'm concerned that it may either raise me higher off the ground or push me forward. I had Mustang seats with the driver backrest on my previous bike, Shadow 750, and it was very comfortable. It did raise me up a little but the Shadow was a smaller bike so it wasn't a problem. I'm 5'10 and the stock Nomad seats fit me fine as far as both feet hitting the ground. But I don't want to get too much further from the ground. I was considering buying the upgrade seat from Kawasaki which is think is just additional padding. Anyone have any experience with the Mustang seat on the Nomad?
 

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That's the bad thing about seats. They cost so much and you really don't know how they will fit you as an individual until after you buy it and ride it for a while to break it in. I have a Corbin Dual Touring on my Voyager cost me $650 and just got lucky on my first try how well it fit me. My old V Star I went through 3 seats 1 being a mustang before I found the seat. My old Harley 2 seats.

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My day Tripper lowered me I bit and pushed me forward a bit.
 

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That is so right. I wish there was a way to somehow test it first but I guess not. I got lucky too on my Shadow but worried about the investment on my Nomad.
 

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I have also been researching seats for my Voyager with the same concerns about height and i found the Ultimate seat states in their advertisement that it will be the same height and not move you forward or backward from the stock seat. That's for the voyager maybe it will work for your bike.
 

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Thanks for the information! Definitely an option to consider. I was considering adding the extra gel padding from the manufacturer but this might be a better option. My seat isn't horrible but once you've had aftermarket seats, you do get a little spoiled.
 

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I dont know where you are located but here is a link to a shop that a couple of my buddies have used and were very happy with the results. One has an older goldwing and the other has a can-am spyder. They can either build you a new seat or make your existing one fit you better:

Rich's Custom Seats
 

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I'm thinking about installing aftermarket seats on my 2010 Nomad but I'm concerned that it may either raise me higher off the ground or push me forward. I had Mustang seats with the driver backrest on my previous bike, Shadow 750, and it was very comfortable. It did raise me up a little but the Shadow was a smaller bike so it wasn't a problem. I'm 5'10 and the stock Nomad seats fit me fine as far as both feet hitting the ground. But I don't want to get too much further from the ground. I was considering buying the upgrade seat from Kawasaki which is think is just additional padding. Anyone have any experience with the Mustang seat on the Nomad?
I have been doing a lot of reading on a replacement seat. The general consensus is that Mustang puts you a little higher and forward than stock and Corbin a bit lower. There are lots of places that will re-work the stock but that is out for me since I want a wider passenger section and they can't do much about that.

That's the bad thing about seats. They cost so much and you really don't know how they will fit you as an individual until after you buy it and ride it for a while to break it in. I have a Corbin Dual Touring on my Voyager cost me $650 and just got lucky on my first try how well it fit me. My old V Star I went through 3 seats 1 being a mustang before I found the seat. My old Harley 2 seats.

Good Luck!
I'm almost ready to order a Corbin, but the reviews are definitely mixed. Guessing that not all are talking about the dual tour which is the one I want. Any other thoughts you care to share on that model?
 

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I think I may try the pillow top gel that Kawasaki sells first. Cost about $152 and that might do the trick. The current seat isn't awful but I really like the mustang seat when I had it one my Shadow. We will see what happens. Mustang definitely lifts you higher and pushes you forward but I like the feel and the adjustable backrest that comes with the Mustang. I have cheap driver backrest I found on Ebay for $85 but it has done the trick thus far. I have no experience with the Corbin but always heard it's a nice seat.
 

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Hey, Reptilicus
I am happy with my Corbin Dual Tour seat on my Voyager. It is firmer than the stock seat but I like a firm seat. The stock one was to soft and it gave me for lack of better description hot spots on my butt after an hour of riding. The Corbin is firm but not hard if that makes since and it did take a good 800-1000 miles to get it broken in and the foam to form to my butt. Now I will ride a full tank of gas before I'm ready to get off and stretch a little and I'm a 54 year old 300 lb fat man with a 29" inseam. As far as the way I set on the bike it is pretty much the same as the stock seat as far as height and fore and aft postion. The Voyager itself is sets high stock and I lowered my bike 3/4" in the back with a shock mount adapter and 1" in the front with a Progressive spring kit while I still had the stock seat so my feet can somewhat set flat on the ground.
All in all I have almost 5000 miles on the Corbin and I am happy with it. However as I said in a post above a seat is a personal thing and what works for me may not work for you and that is why seats can be an expensive gamble. Do your own research and cross your fingers!
 

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It looks like the OP is going with the gel seat let us know how that works compared to the stock.
A question for Stessel did you notice any difference with the front end after installing the progressive springs. Handling ? smoothing out the bumps etc.
 

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Hey, mike07-17
After I put in the progressive springs (which was a lot easier than I thought it would be if you use a gear puller to hold down the fork cap plug when you remove & install the retaining ring) as far as ridding normal I felt little difference not much but if you really get on the brakes it is firmer not as much nose dive and it does lower the front end aprox. 1"
 

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I had Progressive front springs in my Nomad, and the 800 before that. The Race Tech springs and emulators I have in the Voyager are better. My 2c.
 

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Just posted this in another thread but figured I'd repost here for anyone that needs info in the future...

I have a Mustang seat with driver's backrest and I feel that it puts me about 0.5" lower. Also puts me about 0.5" further back from the bars. If the back of your riding jacket is snug when you reach to the bars on your stock seat, then on the Mustang seat in the same position, the same jacket would would be slightly tighter. Lastly, I can flat foot my bike no problem with this seat.

My measurements...
Height: 6'0"
Inseam: 31"
Sleeve length on shirts: 32"
 

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Thanks Stessel for the feedback, and Peg you gave me info on rear shocks a while ago but i can't get the same as you have because they are made according to your weight and bike dimensions and if i remember correctly you have a specialist in your town to do that for you---but because of your help i ended up looking at the race tech shocks and the race tech springs for the front end as you mentioned above. I was hoping the progressive were also a step up because it is a simple replacement without removing the forks from the bike but it looks like I'll probably be paying a shop to do the front end. Are the race techs worth it? Did you see an improvement in handling and smoothing out the bumps? According to the web site I'll have to take a lot of dimensions off the bike for them to make the rear shocks i think i will be the first from them for the Voyager. I'm taking the leap with this bike and spending a chunk of money to get the ride i want first it will be ivanized then the rear shocks and if they are a great improvement I'll do the front springs and have everything engineered to be lowered 1/2 to an 1 inch, If it seams I'm not wasting money and i love the ride I'll order an ultimate seat and a Clearview Shield and i hope to then have the best ride i ever owned. We usually take our vacation in July /August so all this has to be done by then. We've been taking vacations on the motorcycle since the 1996 2 weeks at a time and still love it. I'm selling my last ride a 2007 nomad with the complete trailer setup and moving up to this voyager so soon I'll be listing my nomad in the classified section.
 

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I find the Race Tech stuff works very, very well. The tech who installed it was dismissive of Progressive stuff, but then he would be I suppose. He pointed out that I was having a system built exactly to what my requirements were, while Progressive is an "off the shelf" solution that might not suit all riders, bikes or styles. I thought the shocks would be enough by themselves, but they only highlighted the deficiencies up front, so the bike went back only a fortnight later for the front to be done as well.

One of my riding buddies (Boulevard) has commented that he doesn't enjoy riding with me quite the same any more. I asked him why not. He said he used to be able to see when the bumps were coming when he was following me, and had time to brace for them. Now he has no idea.

I know that Garry Van der Eyk has had Race Tech springs & emulators in his front end as well (and Works Performance Steel Tracker shocks), but I don't know whether he put them in himself or had a shop do the work. I'd recommend a shop. One of my Öhlins shocks leaked soon after it was fitted, and the shop fixed a minor issue there free of charge. They also went back in to the front, and softened the ride by swapping out something in the emulator. It was too harsh to start with. Having the shop do the work meant I could keep going back for them to tweak it until I was happy.

From the invoices, my shocks are Öhlins HD146. The Race Tech emulators are RT-FEGV-S4301, 36.0 x 29.2 x 17.0mm, and the Race Tech springs RT-FRSP-S3732110, 36.7 x 34.5 x 315mm, 1.1Kg/mm. They used their own blend of suspension fluids.

That work was one of the three best things I've done to my Voyager - along with Ivan's flash, and the Russell saddle. I have a Mustang seat as well, but it's become my "around town" seat. The Russell Daylong is much better for a journey. I'd sell the Mustang if I could, but there's no market in NZ, and too expensive to ship it anywhere else.
 
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