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    So my wife does not like the seat on the ninja. What should I do? I know people send their seats off to Spencers. If I send it off to them I wanna make sure I get some issues covered when they redo it. Are that good at dealing with what you tell them you need?

    Issues like: Me sliding up on to the tanks w/ and w/o a passenger, Passenger sliding up on me, and less vibration in the seat for passenger.

    I plan on calling Spencers tomorrow, but though I would get some input from you guys.

    Thanks
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    I just got my seat back from Spencer's a couple weeks ago. I've got 400 miles on it, but only 50 or so for my wife's (passenger) portion. Here is what I'm struggling with:

    I'm 6'0", 32" inseam. I used to ride back from the tank a little, but after breaking the seat in, I'm finding the most comfortable position is closer up to the tank. Now I seem to control the bike better in the twisties, I'll admit; but it feels lower, and my knees are slightly more bent, so I'm getting used to that new position. In summary, I think it is more comfortable on my buttocks, but I don't know if I'm crazy about the new position I feel I'm being forced into by the seat.

    My wife doesn't notice an improvement yet, but two short rides haven't given it a chance to break in yet, and Spencer says it needs to.

    I sent him pics of our riding position, measurements, everything. I understand this information isn't helping in the least, as I keep saying I'm happy and at the same time have concerns. I guess what I'm trying to say is: It is definitely better after the work. As I'm pushing 50, my knees protest when asked to do something different, but I would also say when I first started riding again earlier this year, I was in an improper initial position. Now I feel in better control of the bike, without so much sliding fore and aft, I just wish the seat was taller about an inch so the inseam felt more like it was. My wife will have to endure more miles before she may feel the improvement, but I'm betting she will feel a difference.
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    IMO, the passenger part of any sport bike is intended for very short rides. If you are really going to ride two up a lot you might want to get the Corbin seat.

    One guy a while ago put a 2 1/2 inch thick pieces of styrofoam between the foam and seat pan. I can't remember if he had to sew any extra material or was able to stretch it enough to attach it back to the pan.

    I tried the lower pegs when I had my Ninja 650R. They worked well for taking the pressure off the knee, but put more pressure on the butt.
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    I like the stock riding position but I dont like how there is space between me and the arch of the seat. I feel like when I hit it hard I slide back about 1/2 inch and I'm not all was ready for that, LOL. Now I am but I still dont like it. I think thats what most of 'our' issue is that space. I'll look into the Corbin does not look like they make it for 1st gen... or will the 09 fit?
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    here's my seat, done by our local bike seat fabricator...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pt377 View Post
    I like the stock riding position but I dont like how there is space between me and the arch of the seat. I feel like when I hit it hard I slide back about 1/2 inch and I'm not all was ready for that, LOL. Now I am but I still dont like it. I think thats what most of 'our' issue is that space. I'll look into the Corbin does not look like they make it for 1st gen... or will the 09 fit?
    contact them. I know folks bought the Corbin before the '09 bike came out. They may be interchangable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arki 46 View Post


    here's my seat, done by our local bike seat fabricator...
    Arki, that is an awesome looking bike. I really like the touches of gold with the green and black.
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    ATGATT combined with Situational Awareness and Skill means you might live to ride another day when that deer runs into your bike or that drunk blows through that stop sign.


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    Talk to Spencer about your concerns. He's a down home kinda guy, he's not gonna promise anything he won't deliver. His business is very important to him, and 99% of his advertising is word of mouth. So he wants to make sure everyone is happy.

    Shootr - did you contact Spencer letting him know you weren't completely happy with the seat?
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    If you really want a custom seat, go to this guy http://www.richscustomseats.com/. It will not help for you guys living back east, because you have to be able to spend a whole day at his shop while he custom fits the seat to YOUR your anatomy. And it costs a BUNCH. But I had one made so that my wife could spend more than an hour at a time on the bike, and now she can outlast me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smash View Post

    Shootr - did you contact Spencer letting him know you weren't completely happy with the seat?
    I didn't get back to him, when he returned the seat he had explicit instructions that the seat had to be broken in, and I think it has. Every ride is better, more comfortable, and I feel my money was well spent. Somewhere someone noted the pillion area just isn't really practical to be a long haul area like a cruiser passenger seat might be. I tend to agree, but until I can get some hours under the wife's butt (my kids are helping put miles on it, though) to see how it goes I'm going to stick to that theory.

    Spencer has a gift, a person can only do so much from measurements and pictures, and I still have to believe I used to ride in an unusual position and am now on the final part of learning a new, more proper riding position. I'm satisfied and can't wait for each new ride. Heck, finally got my 8 year old daughter on it today, and now she can't ride enough (2 rides today alone!)

    I'll recommend his services 100%, but I stand by my earlier post of how un-fun the break-in ride was! (A distant memory now)
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