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Old 03-22-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Seat issues...

I rode my GSX-R 1000k6 to Houston from Austin this past weekend.

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I am a very short guy with short legs. I am not lowering the bike but I also don't want to raise this seat much but dang it... this stock seat is damned HARD! I've heard Corbins are the way to go. Why? Will they raise the height of the bike any?

Any other suggestions? Seat currently on the bike is NEW.
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Its a sportbike. It wasn't designed to do what you just did with it. Gel seats and corbins help a small amount, but your is just going to have to get used to it....literally.
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SS seats are hard.

Corbin has comfier seats, they're pretty expensive though. they raise the height minimally if any.
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Its a sportbike. It wasn't designed to do what you just did with it. Gel seats and corbins help a small amount, but your is just going to have to get used to it....literally.
I know what kind of bike I have, thanks. Care to elaborate a little more on the Corbins and gels please?
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gels are a waste of money.
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Just try wearing some bicycle shorts. That helps. Also if you are going long distance you can buy the gel pads that go on top of bicycle seats and just lay it on your seat. Can't move around as much with it on there but if you're just going down the freeway it's great. Once you get to the twisties just throw it inside your jacket or backpack. Both of these option are only like $30. You can have upholstery shops change the foam and insert a gel pad for like $75. Or you can get a Corbin for like $300.
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I'm not changing my bike, guys. I know exactly what I have. Let's stick to the seats.

Gels are definitely out. I'm on the heavy side being 5'6 and 200lbs. Anybody have an actual Corbin on their sportbike? If so, tell your story and was it worth the money?
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I had a problem with fatigue in my rear after riding past 50miles, basically i just had to get used to the discomfort and when it really bothered me I'd pull over to take a break. It took me around 1000miles before i actually got used to it.
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Just try wearing some bicycle shorts. That helps. Also if you are going long distance you can buy the gel pads that go on top of bicycle seats and just lay it on your seat. Can't move around as much with it on there but if you're just going down the freeway it's great. Once you get to the twisties just throw it inside your jacket or backpack. Both of these option are only like $30. You can have upholstery shops change the foam and insert a gel pad for like $75. Or you can get a Corbin for like $300.
Interesting.

I don't ride bicycles so bear with me... do the bike shorts have pads in them? If not, then how do you figure it helps you? My visualization of bike shorts is that they are simply form-fitting spandex shorts.
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I ride up to Ft. Hood (bout a hour north of Austin) from Houston all the time so I decided to get a gel seat for my R6. It helps but honestly not by much and there are better things to spend 200+ on. I'm short too and against lowering my R6 but the gel seat didn't raise it by much for the little extra comfort.

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I had a problem with fatigue in my rear after riding past 50miles, basically i just had to get used to the discomfort and when it really bothered me I'd pull over to take a break. It took me around 1000miles before i actually got used to it.
I am normally comfortable on my sportbikes over long distances but this particular GSX-R 1000 easily has the worst seat I've ever had. Granted, I drove to and from Houston all in one day but on my way home is when I started to have some real discomfort. Breaks are good and I take them often.

Do note that I have put 1,000 miles on the bike this past two weeks but Sunday was my first road trip anywhere since picking up the bike.
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+1 on bicycle shorts. Some have pads and some do not. Obviously you want the ones with pads. I wear them on long, boring rides and it makes a big difference. Try to find some without all of the stupid sponsor names on them and the price should drop dramatically. I bought mine plain for around $30 or $40 and the ones with on them were about double that.
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I am normally comfortable on my sportbikes over long distances but this particular GSX-R 1000 easily has the worst seat I've ever had.
can't really compare a gsxr1k seat to a busa or zx14. pretty different seats and seating position.

maybe you need to get a custom seat made
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can't really compare a gsxr1k seat to a busa or zx14. pretty different seats and seating position.

maybe you need to get a custom seat made
Absolutely but ignore my bike list though. I have owned other litre bikes in the past so I CAN compare. This one's easily the worst.
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I've done many 500+ miles in a day on my old 05 gixxer. I never had any issues with the seat. However the bicycle shorts idea was a good one. I'd go that route.
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Absolutely but ignore my bike list though. I have owned other litre bikes in the past so I CAN compare. This one's easily the worst.
There's a general trend towards less padded seats as off-the-lot sportbikes get more race focused.

My '02 gsxr 750 was ok, my '04 was less padded, my '07 less still.


So if you had older bikes.....yea, they were better.
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There's a general trend towards less padded seats as off-the-lot sportbikes get more race focused.

My '02 gsxr 750 was ok, my '04 was less padded, my '07 less still.


So if you had older bikes.....yea, they were better.
Not only are they becoming less padded but the bikes are also becomng taller and taller. Don't get me wrong, I love the GSX-R 1000... bikes can always be improved from stock.

I will pick up a pair of bike shorts and see how that goes. I've had Corbins in the past but for an entirely different breed of bikes. I loved them but with the flat plastic and cardboard foam of today's sportbikes... are they REALLY worth it? Dammit... IS MY WORTH $300?!?!
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I had a Corbin on my RC for a bit to try it out (thanks MagicMan) and I never fell in love with it enough to buy one after I returned it.
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Not only are they becoming less padded but the bikes are also becomng taller and taller.
Have to be. Todays street tires are better than race rubber from a decade ago. Gotta keep the hard parts from touching down with ever-increasing lean angle.
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