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Spencer's Seat Mod - on a 919

Just wanted to share my experience with having the Spencer Seat mod done to my 919. I am in no way affiliated with the vendor - Just had an almost unbearable seat made new again.

Bike - 2004 Honda 919
Mods - Progel grips and Renthal High bars
Gripes - The seat was angled up too much. Causing me to slide forward under general riding unless I gripped the tank with my knees all the time. Was good for about 1/2 hr of highway riding until my rear needed a break.

I looked into modding the seat myself but based on foam costs and the time I'd have into it doing it 3-4 times before I got it right; so I decided against it. A local upholstery shop quoted me $200 to have it modified.

I settled on the long distance option for just the rider portion, sent an email with some pics of me and a description of my concerns. He said for the 919 that the long distance option is a must due to the thin foam in the 919 seat.

Shipping the seat - I bought a 12x12x40 box from a local moving/storage place for $5, packaged it up and cut the sides down to fit tightly against the box. Fedex was $15 each way. Took 3 days to get down there.

Turn around time - He emailed me on a Friday to let me know he had received it and shipped it the following Monday.

Impressions - Look - Completely stock appearance
Feel - feels alot like a memory foam type of material - comparing it to the passenger area you can see it takes more time for it to rebound after pushing into it, plus a larger amount of foam deflects when you push on it with your finger. This leads to much better support.

I've done (2) 1/2 hour rides with it so far. I don't move forward at all anymore and it felt great.

I'm very happy with the service, price and performance. I'll comment back after I do a few rides to lansing,GR or detroit with it.

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-28-2011, 07:54 PM
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I also just sent him my seat and got it back on this past Friday. I am eager to check it out, but it is still sitting in the box and I am working all this week. I look forward to your report.

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My same complaint on the stock seat. Very interested!

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god i love my corbin gunfighter seat....

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I'm sure the corbins are a great seat but for $110 shipped. I have a comfy seat and plenty of extra money for a new rear tire.

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The down side to the corbin is I worry about it getting rained on,stolen, or sitting up higher off the ground.. The stock vinyl seat you dont worry about it getting rained on or stolen.

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Hey....LOL....this thread looks familiar.... ha, ha.

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Shhhhhh don't tell anybody..

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It looks 100% like a stock seat. Sooo... see my avatar I suppose.

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Should be getting mine in the mail on Thursday. I can't wait!

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Man, I might have to do this. Did two 7+ hr rides this past wkend, the only way the Corbin is comfortable for me is when I sit back in it, where it can cradle my butt. I'm 5'7" and sitting back in the seat means I have to extend my arms. Bleh expensive #*[email protected] Corbin.

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it's a pretty low risk investment, I like to sit right in the middle of the seat and this seems to work out good for that. Weather/school/work havent cooperated yet to let me put any distance on mine yet

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Just sent out my seat for the mod but $110 is what it costs (at least from illinois) just for shipping both ways + the $75 for the actual mod , when did UPS get so damn greedy ..lol....Hope you can fill us in on how well the seat is improved.

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^ LOL get a better (smaller) box dude. I cut down a vacuum cleaner box to be under the united inches. Was like 25 bucks round trip. Held together like a champ. Lots of tape

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The down side to the corbin is I worry about it getting rained on,stolen, or sitting up higher off the ground.. The stock vinyl seat you dont worry about it getting rained on or stolen.
i dont notice much difference in seat height. but then again i'm not short so i cant comment on that aspect.

rain... i ride rain or shine and haven't had a problem in nearly a year that i've owned the seat so no problems there!

as for being stolen.... it's held in by the locking mech. again, no problem here. someone(s) tried to steal the bike twice (had it locked up good) but couldn't so they pushed the bike over (both times, once on each side). didnt take anything off the bike.

thank god i have a garage now!

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but couldn't so they pushed the bike over (both times, once on each side)
assholes.... ever wish you were there so you could just beat the living shit out of people like that?

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assholes.... ever wish you were there so you could just beat the living shit out of people like that?
oh totally.... and it'd be a slow, painful beating to say in the least. 2nd pushover nearly totaled the bike. was mint too til it got pushed over. assholes....

nonetheless, it'll be better once im done with it! plus, the insurance payout allowed me to buy an engagement ring i otherwise wouldnt of been able to afford so it worked out well in the end.

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well, at least you got something good out of it. still sucks.

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Got my seat done in 2008. Received it right before my wife and I took off 2up from San Diego to Idaho. We left at 0600. We didn't stop riding until we hit Salt Lake City at midnight, and the only reason we stopped is because I didn't have an HID light and I didn't want to risk hitting a deer.

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Just sent out my seat for the mod but $110 is what it costs (at least from illinois) just for shipping both ways + the $75 for the actual mod , when did UPS get so damn greedy ..lol....Hope you can fill us in on how well the seat is improved.
Lamp Box 12" x 12" x 40" | The Box Wagon

I bought one of these from a local moving/storage place for $5 and it ended up being $30 both ways from fedex. I didnt find much difference between fedex and ups.

I ended up cutting the box down to 31" or so - FedEx picks up where I work so I went online and printed out my own labels. When I actually measured the box I felt it was closer to 12.25" but their system only let you put in whole numbers. at 13 x 13 it was $30 each way. I put in 12" x 12" knowing that they send a follow up notice to let let you know what it actually was.

I was relieved when I got that email that told me my price didn't change.

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Got my seat done in 2008. Received it right before my wife and I took off 2up from San Diego to Idaho. We left at 0600. We didn't stop riding until we hit Salt Lake City at midnight, and the only reason we stopped is because I didn't have an HID light and I didn't want to risk hitting a deer.
That's very encouraging! I still haven't been able to put any time on mine. If it's not cold its raining.

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Got mine back last week. I was very impresseed with the work. Spencer actually added material to the seat to allow it to stretch over a now slightly bigger seat. And it is considerably better than stock now. I will be taking a longer ride next week, after which I'll report back. I'm happy with my investment. It was $36 toatl in shipping from mid-Missouri down to Florida and back.

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Lamp Box 12" x 12" x 40" | The Box Wagon

I bought one of these from a local moving/storage place for $5 and it ended up being $30 both ways from fedex. I didnt find much difference between fedex and ups.

I ended up cutting the box down to 31" or so - FedEx picks up where I work so I went online and printed out my own labels. When I actually measured the box I felt it was closer to 12.25" but their system only let you put in whole numbers. at 13 x 13 it was $30 each way. I put in 12" x 12" knowing that they send a follow up notice to let let you know what it actually was.

I was relieved when I got that email that told me my price didn't change.

Bryan
Lesson learned , i just basically walked in the UPS Store with the seat under my arm and said "I need this to get to Florida " ...Well you live and you learn , can't wait to get it back and give it a test run.

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