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Hi there,

I'd like to surprise my Dad for his birthday and take his '86 seat and get it recovered. There are a few tears, the leather is hard, and the foam is quite hard too. What kinda of $$$ is this gunna run me and a local upholstery shop?
 

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Around here a good job would cost you about $300. It would look better and last longer than stock, but I'd be afraid of ruining the comfort of the stock seat. If they had to put extra padding in it or replace some of the padding, it might feel quite different. The Vulcan 750 has been blessed with the most comfortable stock motorcycle seat ever made. I would look for a nice used one on eBay, or even on here. I still have my unrepaired stock seat after 70,000+ miles, and it still feels like sitting on a cloud. And I know what a bad seat feels like. My Ninja seat was terrible, as was my KLR650 seat, my Rebel 250 seat, and my XT225 seat. My '85 Goldwing has the most comparable seat to the Vulcan, but the pegs are too far back, messing up the riding position. Hard to believe such a large bike is cramped, but for someone with a 34" inseam it is.
 

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Yeah I don't find the stock seat uncomfortable at all. I looked around here and it runs anywhere from $150-$200 to get just a basic cover done. I have been working on mine myself. I picked up a pretty rough seat for like $50 and decided to use that. I am not Modding the seat pan but I did add a little extra padding to it. Honestly you could probably find a decent one on eBay for pretty cheap. Maybe even around $100.
 

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ok. His seat has lost its comfort i think, the seat on my 2001 is much softer, where his is kinda firm. but thanks guys!
 

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If most folks found the stock seat comfortable, there wouldn't be so many posts on this forum on how to modify it or get a better replacement. I'm one who found it uncomfortable. The $300+ I paid for a Mustang seat was money well spent IMO. The foam in the Mustang is much firmer than the OEM seat. Most custom seats use a firmer foam because it is more comfortable.

If your dad likes the stock seat, You could buy a memory foam pillow, trim the foam to fit (an electric knife works well) and have a local upholstery shop cover it with marine grade vinyl. Regular vinyl isn't going to last very long. Shouldn't cost all that much.
 

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Well he definitley likes the looks of the stock seat, but after he rode mine, he commented on how much softer mine was, i think after 25+ years his foam lost some of its 'foamyness' haha
 

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The stock seat definitely has some good foam in it, I weigh 220, and after 10 years and 70,000+ miles, it is still just as comfortable as ever. It also still looks new (when clean) but that is because it is kept in a garage. Left outside in the AZ sun, a seat would be completely destroyed in a year. If you can find a used Mustang, it will probably be at least as good, but doesn't blend in with the lines of the bike as well as stock. There are a few who actually seem to like Corbin, but sometimes I wonder if it is just because they paid so much they don't want to admit it is not a good seat. They are well made, but the one I tried was more like a torture device than a motorcycle seat.

Part of the reason why I find the Vulcan so comfortable is not just the seat, but the riding position. The stock grips are also very comfortable, and the bars, seat, and pegs just happen to all be in exactly the right position. If you put the Vulcan seat on a sport bike, I'm sure I would find it uncomfortable.
 

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Were are you located? Thats actually what I do for a living. If you are around jacksonville florida I will cut you a deal being a fellow Vulcaner.:beerchug:
 

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One of the best improvements you can make to ANY motorcycle seat is one of these. www.beadrider.com It even made my Rebel seat more comfortable, but I still had to move the pegs 4" forward. That was simply because I am to big for the Rebel. I am a perfect fit on the Vulcan.
 

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Jerry wrote "There are a few who actually seem to like Corbin, but sometimes I wonder if it is just because they paid so much they don't want to admit it is not a good seat. They are well made, but the one I tried was more like a torture device than a motorcycle seat."


Jerry forgets not everyone's ass's are the same. Seems larger riders that are a bit overweight to alot over weight find the Corbin too hard. Oddly, folks smaller like me with very little padding back there to start with ....seem to find the Corbin perfect. You'd think it be the other way around....

The Corbin on my Vulcan was great. And I also put a Corbin seat on my FJR....both bikes as far as I was concerned had horrible stock seats.

People are diffrent. Best way to be sure what you need is to go to one of the Vulcan "Gatherings" where you can try out several diffrent seats in person...;)
 
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