Every once in a while, I go out and buy something and it turns out to be a really stupid idea. Either the thing doesn’t work right, or it turns out not to be as fun/useful/necessary as I thought.
Fortunately, in the case of the seat I put on just over a month ago.... it was a really good idea! You’ll recall that my wife decided that she didn’t want to pilot her own, and was happy on the back seat. This was true, however her BUTT wasn’t happy on that seat, and after 5 years and over 30,000 km... neither was mine anymore.
We’d tried Pro Pad gel cushions, and they helped for a year or so, and then we had gel installed IN the seat itself, but that really didn’t seem to be helping. We thought about getting a sheepskin too, but when the Suzuki sold, we talked for a few minutes and decided it was time for a new seat.
I talked to a lot of guys, did a lot of research. We knew that the gel didn’t seem to be the answer for us, and we knew that we wanted something that provided more width in the back seat, and more back support in the rider’s spot. Not only that, it had to fit in with the bike, of course... all that leather and studs had to be the theme. And it had to be REALLY comfortable... we were starting to get into trips that required a break after less than an hour, it was insane.
In the end, I settled on the Mustang Wide Touring Studded seat (p/n 76126 for those who are Kawi 900 owners) as the most likely candidate, after lengthy discussion with the guys down at Andres/ Chrome Toys. (insert mustangWTS.jpg) The decision was based on the deep dish, wide pillion seat pan, and the custom foam that Mustang brews up themselves. Actually, that’s a whole
interesting story on it’s own.. check their website, it’s pretty cool.. they really do “mix” their own. I picked the worst time of year to buy, and had to wait just over a week to get my hands on the sucker, and the day it came in, we were on our way out of town in the cage! Figures! We ended up home late after that trip, but I decided to run out and put the thing on anyhow, it was supposed to be pretty easy.
Let me tell you, easy, that was not the word for it. “Child’s play” perhaps! Less than 3 minutes it took.. just move the stock hardware from the old seat to the Mustang, and test fit... wait... wait... no, it’s the final fit. It was as simple as it was made out to be, and the fit was amazing, no rattling, not too hard to latch and not too easy either, just right is how I’d describe it.. and it was on perfectly straight too.
Before I get to sitting on it, let me just say that as someone who’s put leather on an entire motorcycle, I have to admire the fit and finish of this seat. The seams are tight, and perfectly shaped. The studs and conchos (which I might have been able to live without but didn’t) are attached well, and are lined up just right. The edge whipping/wrapping is very snug, and very uniform, and the material used on the cover (not leather, vinyl, due to rain issues) was flawless. Underneath the seat, the cover is riveted solidly to the very rigid seat pan which features steel support wings and just feels.. secure.
And then the foam. It’s apparent when you open the box that there’s some decent amount of foam in there... and the passenger gets a double dose. The seat, in the front, actually ended up feeling lower but is actually a little taller (it’s narrower than the stock at the very front, is why), but more forward
slightly (fine for me, a perfect fix that is going to save me money on both risers and possibly a new shorter windscreen). In the back, it sits at least an inch taller, and is WAY wider, and formed nicely to mimic the “average” human butt shape. After about 1500 km now, I can tell you... this is one comfy seat. The deep dish and high rise of the rider’s pan is excellent, and provides a very comfortable position with even more back support that I’d hoped for. The passenger pan got a “oh my GAWD this is nice” from Lin the first time, and now neither of us can believe how comfy we are. In 4 years of riding together, that stock seat never let us ride more than an hour and a half without a break, and after half a day in the saddle we’d be starting to take breaks every half hour or so. Our first sit on the Mustang was an hour, and we knew we could have stayed longer, and this Canada Day weekend we put in over 2 1/2 hours in the saddle in one go, and felt GOOD at the end of it all. I’ve got to say, this time, I feel like I spent my money well, and we’re looking forward to being able to sit for longer periods and enjoy even more riding with this new “road sofa” seat! So if your rides are starting to be interfered with by a worn out or just plain crap stock (or aftermarket) seat, take a look at Mustang.... not only is it well built and super comfy, it stopped that whining noise from the back seat!
Cheers! Ride safe.
R. Jeff LeGrand
Calgary Motorcycle Ride for Dad
Reporter, Busted Knuckle Chronicles