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zombiphone
I posted this in my build thread, but I thought I'd separate it out into its own thread, in case anyone was looking for this particular information and doesn't want to sift through unrelated nonsense:
 
So, after quite a bit of research, scouring the internet for seat solutions, and having to find a time where I could go without the bike for a decent period of time, I ended up deciding to take a gamble on a place in Indiana called ASTech Seats (http://www.astechseat.com/) based on some positive reviews I found on some cruiser forums around the web. The whole process took just under two weeks (I sent my seat off on the 18th of December, and I got it back on the 30th) purely because shipping was so slow. They called me as soon as they received the seat to verify what I wanted done, and within a couple hours, called me again to tell me it was done.
 
So, I finally got the chance to take it for a nice long-ish spin on new years day. I went out for about 4 hours of solid riding in the morning, then a couple random half hour/hour and a half rides with friends throughout the rest of the day. With the stock seat, I was good until about the 2 hour mark, in which case it became an exercise in pain tolerance. With this seat? Not an ounce of discomfort at any point in the entire day. SO. f@#%ing. STOKED! I couldn't believe it was as a big a difference as it was! I wasn't even walking funny after! The true test will be when I'm doing 500 mile days in my cross country trip, but I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase thus far.
 
That said, there is one slight negative. with the new foam, the seat did end up very slightly shorter than stock (Although the seat height and width feels the same, which I'm also pretty happy about). This looks a bit more extreme because it's a back angle, but the gap:
 
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From the side, it's not particularly visible unless you're really, really looking for it, but you know, just wanted to tell people everything:
 
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But, all in all, I'm so completely elated with the performance, that I have trouble being bothered by that. I may look into doing something to make sure it's still weather tight, although I doubt this is much less protected than the stock version, considering the fact that you pull up the back to mount or dismount the seat, which means it was never sealed in the rear.
 
I'll update once I've done some more longer rides on it down the line, but as it currently stands, I would definitely recommend them :)
 
 
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so1102
Be interested to hear what you paid for it. I would also be interested to hear from anyone that has the Seat Concepts seat (like I do) and has also experience with this company and can compare the two.

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zombiphone
It cost about $200 including shipping, which seemed pretty reasonable compared to what I was seeing. The seat concepts would have come out about the same with shipping and installation, so I'm good with the price. But yeah, I have no comparison. Although if anyone else in socal has the seat concepts seat, we can meet up and feel them out a bit

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so1102
And am I correct in assuming they reused the stock cover? That's what it looks like.

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zombiphone
yep, stock cover, stock pan, their internals. I like the look and feel of the stock seat cover as is, so that was actually a positive in my book.

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sorkyah
Love the look, but curious why a local classic/custom car upholstery shop couldnt have done it for you?
 
Personally i'm waiting for a different mounting mechanism for the seat pan.... the front mount currently allows too much free play on the front of the seat
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zombiphone
I'm sure one of them could have. A friend of mine recommended someone who had redone their car a while back. But then when I looked at reviews, the car guys were all stoked with the shop's work, and the bike guys wished they had gone elsewhere. I may have been able to eventually find one that would have worked out, but it felt more like a "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" kind of dilemma, so I wanted someone with proven and specific knowledge of motorcycle seat comfort.
 
These guys offered a combination of gel and foam internals without changing the look and shape/width of the stock seat (Unless requested), and I couldn't find a single bad word on ASTech in all the threads I found throughout the internet, so it seemed like a safe bet. I've got no regrets :)
 
 
 
 

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zombiphone
Oh! Update on this! If you want a good test of a seat, I took my bike 9000 miles over the last month with days ranging from 200-550 miles per day, and the seat remained adequately comfortable the whole time. No issues walking after I got off, and no lingering soreness the next day. Taking a short <10 minute break every 1-2 hours or so for gas was more than enough to fully recover. Would highly, highly recommend this seat for sure. Not that other seats can't also be good, but this proved it's mettle for cross country and back, and I'll be keeping it for a full country tour. They did awesome work! Worth every single penny!

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ShiftHer
Thanks for the update! I literally just came to this thread right now to ask how the seat was holding up. Creepy... but convenient! lol  (rofl)
 
 

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zombiphone
Haha, no problem! I juuuuuust got back the night before last from my two way cross country ride, and figured people might want to know more about this option now that I officially have some real long term test data in all manner of weather and situations. I accidentally have good timing sometimes :P
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sorkyah
I may have to get this done....
ripped the seat cover recently so might as well get the seat taken care of

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benzh
Hey, would you still recommend Astech seats? Trying to decide between them and Seat Concepts.
I've read that the combo of memory foam over gel is the way to go.
Thanks
Howard

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mcbrien
Do you have any pics of your seat and do you know the name of the person who made it ?

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chilland
+1 on the pic. This seems like an interesting option.
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sorkyah
Do you have any pics of your seat and do you know the name of the person who made it ?
unfortunately this thread is a year old. The photobucket picture links have been removed, but the manufacturer's link is still active on the first post.
Astechseat.com

+1 on the pic. This seems like an interesting option.

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