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Touring Seats and GPS... which ones?

tlsparkman
05-30-2011, 03:46 PM
I'm planning a cross country this summer, and though for many miles I have been relatively satisfied with the stock seat on my 07 Nomad, my aging body (one spot in particular) has been urging me to consider a new seat. Is it worth it? Which one? I ride solo, and the area behind me is fitted with a luggage rack for camping gear. I also don't have much inseam... OK, I don't have any inseam to spare, so I can't give up anything in seat height. Any recommendations? Is it worth even considering?

And secondly... I don't have any problem navigating with maps and such, but I have been led to believe there might be some advantages to having a GPS for finding campgrounds, motels, etc. along the way. I could use some insight on this as well. Is it worth considering? Which ones are good, and which are worthless?

Thanks much for the help.

rbentnail
05-31-2011, 08:45 AM
Can't help with the seat, sorry. I'm good for 500-600 miles per day with my stocker. What I did find was that the thick seams of the underwear were cutting deep, burning ravines in my butt so I tried these https://ldcomfort.com/index.html. A little pricey but worth every penny.

For gps I picked up a new discontinued Garmin 780 at walmart.com for <$200. If you do this plan on spending an additional $160 for lifetime map upgrades. The 780 tho not waterproof works fine on the bike with RAM Mounting Systems, Inc. (http://www.ram-mount.com/) attachments and Powerlet Products - Rugged power outlets, cables and electronics (http://www.powerlet.com/) power socket. Folks do it different ways but I wired mine directly to the battery with an in-line fuse so I can use the same socket for gps, battery tender, air compressor, etc. I have an Aqua Box for the gps for wet weather but have yet to use it. BTW, I chose the 780 based on price, bluetooth compatibility, and mp3 player with sd card slot. So I can listen to music and use gps at the same time.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y107/rbentnail/FJR%20GPS%20Mount/DSCN1241.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y107/rbentnail/FJR%20GPS%20Mount/DSCN1115.jpg

rbentnail
05-31-2011, 08:54 AM
https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/what-i-learned-today/132227-zumo-550-gps-sd-card-probs.html

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-cruisers/136814-whats-correct-set-up-gps.html

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-cruisers/124943-what-kind-gps.html

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/main-lobby/123002-garmin-zumo-220-a.html

tallannie
05-31-2011, 11:50 AM
try Russell Daylong... Custom Motorcycle Seats and Touring Saddles - "Day-Long" Touring Saddles and Motorcycle Seats by Russell Cycle Products (http://www.day-long.com)

tell them what you want and you will get a great seat. They can accommodate a need to sit lower or higher or more forward or more back.... whatever you tell them. And it is a great seat for long rides... 7000 miles now with no complaints of any kind. My hubby was so impressed that I stopped complaining that he went out and got one for himself and loves it too.

Annie

I'm planning a cross country this summer, and though for many miles I have been relatively satisfied with the stock seat on my 07 Nomad, my aging body (one spot in particular) has been urging me to consider a new seat. Is it worth it? Which one? I ride solo, and the area behind me is fitted with a luggage rack for camping gear. I also don't have much inseam... OK, I don't have any inseam to spare, so I can't give up anything in seat height. Any recommendations? Is it worth even considering?

And secondly... I don't have any problem navigating with maps and such, but I have been led to believe there might be some advantages to having a GPS for finding campgrounds, motels, etc. along the way. I could use some insight on this as well. Is it worth considering? Which ones are good, and which are worthless?

Thanks much for the help.

usart1
07-01-2011, 09:08 AM
I bought a Mustang seat with a backrest... It is great. I suffer from low back pain. With the backrest I am able to push against the backrest to get some relief. My wallet sits on the outside edge of the seat so your not actually sitting on it (makes my SI Joints hurt like ****). I would recommend this seat for us old farts. It is pricey but worth it on a long ride. I finally paid the price and got the Garmin Zumo for my ride. It is also pricey but has a MP3 player. It's tough, rugged, waterproof, and while listening through the ear buds to the MP3 player the navigation will break in (to the music) and tell ya which way to go... Nice feature. AND I'll tell ya, that thing has taken me on roads that I prolly wouldn't have taken without it. The only thing I would add is a Boostaroo "REVOLUTION" Volume amp (avaiable at boostaroo.com) . Crisp, clear sound through good quality ear buds.... in a word "AWSOME". The Zumo also can play audio books, let ya know when ya need gas and the closest fuel station, food, lodging AND the way home. No matter where your at on the planet:) The Zumo comes with a bike mount complete with wireing to hook up the rear rider and has communications hookups as well. This thing is "COOL".

mwilliams
07-08-2011, 05:12 PM
I just sold my 07 Nomad and I had a Mustang seat. This is "the way to go" if you don't want to spend a ton of money. You can find one on ebay for under $400. I loved mine. I just bought a new Voyager and I ordered a Mustang seat for it with a backrest. So far, I'm not impressed with the new style, but for the old style Nomad's, they are great.

stickboy
07-09-2011, 03:21 AM
try Russell Daylong... Custom Motorcycle Seats and Touring Saddles - "Day-Long" Touring Saddles and Motorcycle Seats by Russell Cycle Products (http://www.day-long.com)

tell them what you want and you will get a great seat. They can accommodate a need to sit lower or higher or more forward or more back.... whatever you tell them. And it is a great seat for long rides... 7000 miles now with no complaints of any kind. My hubby was so impressed that I stopped complaining that he went out and got one for himself and loves it too.

Annie

+1 on this one. I had a Russell on my ST1100 and LOVED IT!!! I could ride 500 mile days and be more comfortable than if I was in the car. Never had any back pain, sore butt or anything. I put about 10,000 miles on that seat in one season and it was awesome. They are a little bit pricey, depending on what "features" you want, whether you want vinyl or leather cover, their heated seat option, etc. You will probably have to wait a while for it though as they will schedule your seat to be built and then ask that you send in your existing seat. I am not sure how long the wait is, but the seat is well worth it.

Wild Rice
04-25-2012, 08:17 PM
I bought a Mustang seat with a backrest... It is great. I suffer from low back pain. With the backrest I am able to push against the backrest to get some relief. My wallet sits on the outside edge of the seat so your not actually sitting on it (makes my SI Joints hurt like ****). I would recommend this seat for us old farts. It is pricey but worth it on a long ride. I finally paid the price and got the Garmin Zumo for my ride. It is also pricey but has a MP3 player. It's tough, rugged, waterproof, and while listening through the ear buds to the MP3 player the navigation will break in (to the music) and tell ya which way to go... Nice feature. AND I'll tell ya, that thing has taken me on roads that I prolly wouldn't have taken without it. The only thing I would add is a Boostaroo "REVOLUTION" Volume amp (avaiable at boostaroo.com) . Crisp, clear sound through good quality ear buds.... in a word "AWSOME". The Zumo also can play audio books, let ya know when ya need gas and the closest fuel station, food, lodging AND the way home. No matter where your at on the planet:) The Zumo comes with a bike mount complete with wireing to hook up the rear rider and has communications hookups as well. This thing is "COOL".

DITTO on Mustang Seat with Driver Backrest. I had the 2 up version on my 1600 classic... could ride ALL DAY... The backrest is well worth the investment. Gives you something to lean back against... and lots of comfy positions. Also DITTO on the Garmin Nuvi. You can buy a waterproof case online for $15... A little hard to read sometimes..but will keep it out of the elements when it's raining.. and still have access to it.

Stoney1371
04-27-2012, 01:45 PM
I mounted a Garmin car GPS to the dash of my '09 Kawi Vulcan Voyager. Took a bit of thought to get it secure, but Ultimately succeeded...Works just fine - only problem is it is sometimes difficult to see if the sun is in the wrong place.
Very helpful around town - on the hiway, I'd like a little more 'warning' before it tells me to "Turn left" or "Take off ramp right"...hiway speeds can make all the difference in making the turns in time.
Just updated if, with the 'Lifetime maps' option it came with.

Stoney1371
04-27-2012, 01:47 PM
The un-cut tie-strap...priceless.

rbentnail
04-28-2012, 08:16 AM
The un-cut tie-strap...priceless.
Yeah, ain't it :)? That was one of the tab-release reusable ones I use to make sure everything fits the way I want it. It's long been replaced with a regular one with the pigtail snipped off. But thanks for noticing.

djh3
06-03-2012, 11:18 PM
I had a Mustang with the drivers backrest on my 900 vulcan. Was worth it even though at the time it was like $600 or something stupid like that. For GPS I am using a Garmin 765T. MP3 playback, bluetooth you can program it and upload your cutom made maps from your PC. Zip lock bag for weather protection.

stevepmcg
06-14-2012, 05:09 PM
When I had my meanstreak I used the mustang seat with backrest. THey are the height of comfort.

If you have a GPS you can always use a ram mount aquabox Used this and it works great.