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I have an option of buying a new stock GL1500 seat that is local to me for $150. I need to replace mine due to a rip in the leather so I have been looking around for awhile.

I had originally planned on going with a Road Sofa at a cost of around $600. (price makes the wife faint)

I also need to replace suspension and the windshield which will total about $500.

For those that have a Road Sofa, is it that much of an upgrade to a new stock seat? Saving $450 and putting that towards other upgrades is very tempting, however I don't want to be wasting $150 on a temporary fix if the stock seat is going to suck just as bad in a couple of months.

Any suggestions what I should do?

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Here's an Ole Fossil's opinion on the subject.

If in fact the seat for 150 is "New" & that is what your budget is then do that. The seat will last many many miles with care.

If you are looking for comfort then Buy an aftermarket. My 1500 had a bad seat when I bought it. I did not put a Road Sofa on but I put on a Hartco w/Backrest. Was the best thing I did for comfort. There are lots of threads on the site talking about Airhawks & WalMart Gel pads & all sorts of seat options to make the stock seat more comfortable. There is also a reason This Ole Fossil doesn't render an opinion to those topics & that is best summed up in one word.

HARTCO!

Don't leave home without it.

I'm sure others will state their position on the subject but this would be mine.

Good Luck with the decision.
 

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Everything to do with the bike is purely a comfort thing. The bike is in sound mechanical shape, however, whenever I get a new bike, the first thing I do is set up suspension to my liking. So while its not necessary, it is something I want done for personal taste.

The windshield is ok but the buffeting is getting to me. Want something taller to try and eliminate that. Looking at slipstreamers which cost about a buck.

The seats rip is more of a seam that came apart. Was repaired with duct tape which melts in the sun everyday its out. Looks really bad but it functions. I have the gel seat pad form walmart as well. That made it tolerable.

I am not afraid to put money into the bike, I just have to be reasonable about it and pace myself.

I have looked at the Hartco seats but can't seem to find much info. Their site doesn't like prices but I have read that they usually start around $850. Thats out of my range. The Roadsofa with gel can be had for just under $600 so that is why I was leaning that way.

Getting the new OEM seat would mainly be just for cosmetic purposes but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a waste.

Now if I can just find one of those Hartco used somewhere...
 

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If you can afford it, go for the Saddleman Road Sofa. I switched my 98 GL1500 seat with one after 3 years. I never really had a big problem with the stock seat, but what a difference the Road Sofa made. I did quite a few 600+ mile days and even a 725 mile day in that saddle. It lowered me down about 1 inch and had a higher back support which helped me a lot. I also got the driver backrest, but kept the stock passenger rest, just a new saddleman cover.
 

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Here's an Ole Fossil's opinion on the subject.

If in fact the seat for 150 is "New" & that is what your budget is then do that. The seat will last many many miles with care.

If you are looking for comfort then Buy an aftermarket. My 1500 had a bad seat when I bought it. I did not put a Road Sofa on but I put on a Hartco w/Backrest. Was the best thing I did for comfort. There are lots of threads on the site talking about Airhawks & WalMart Gel pads & all sorts of seat options to make the stock seat more comfortable. There is also a reason This Ole Fossil doesn't render an opinion to those topics & that is best summed up in one word.

HARTCO!

Don't leave home without it.

I'm sure others will state their position on the subject but this would be mine.

Good Luck with the decision.
Anyone who takes a cross-country trip like the one Fossil took last year is most certainly an authority on seats! :)
 

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When I was younger I could ride all day on anything and think I'm having fun, today I require a little more creature comfort. That's the reason for the Goldwing.
 
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