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Hi everybody,

Bit of a weird request: I am in the middle of deciding whether to buy a new Sprint ST or VFR. I am really leaning towards the Sprint but need to nudge my girlfriend/pillion over the line.

Currently I have a Suzuki M109 which has a fairly large pillion seat. I have added a back-rest and also put optional floor-boards and re-located them 4" forward. So quite comfortable for Anna. She is really concerned about comfort on the Sprint and did like the comfort on the VFR. I am a bit worried about the VFR's ability to carry the two of us 2-up with luggage and the look of the Sprint really appeals to me. Basically I need to get Anna comfortable on the Sprint..

Anna has quite bad knees and the angle behind her knee is fairly acute on the Sprint. I was wanting to have a look at the Corbin and see if that raised her at all and increased that knee angle.

Anybody in the Brisbane area with the Corbin and pillion backrest who would let Anna and I sit on the bike? I don't want a test-ride. Well I do, but I won't ask. :D:D:D:D

Cheers,
Angus. (hoping to be a Sprint owner soon)
 

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Thanks Linz.

I have found a German company which makes rotatable pegs which can be fitted to the passenger brackets. Will also have a look at making my own brackets for the passenger pegs.

I like the look of the Corbin, but I think it will run almost $1000 in Aus. :eek::eek: There is a company called Metcruze in southern NSW which did a custom seat job for my M109. Will give them a call perhaps and see what they can do for the Sprint..
 

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Well, as an update: I bought a Sprint July 2009. yay :D:D

Still looking at buying the Corbin seat. Got a quote from www.vpw.com.au for $1015. Corbin only supply to USA customers and quote from UK for seat is $AU1139 and that is without delivery.

yep, already had seat re-shaped before we rode to Adelaide. Had the front of the seat shaped upwards, etc, etc as mentioned by Ian.

The real problem is the seat mounting setup. The bolts being placed under the seat means the foam is very thin to allow bending it out of the road to get at the bolts. This thin foam does nothing for passenger comfort. I'm not sure how far you are riding with a pillion but Anna gets VERY uncomfortable after a couple of hours.

We bought an inflatable camp pillow after one day on the trip to Adelaide. This helped but was fairly bulky and raised her quite high up and wasn't really a solution.

I also manufactured some new foot pegs for Anna with some brackets and foot-boards from a Harley shop. I am still looking at the German foot-pegs and will purchase the 5cm drop-pegs and mount some floor-boards up to those.

At the end of the day I will always struggle to make the Sprint comfortable for all-day pillion touring because of the design of the bike (seat angle, seat mounting design, knee angle for Anna, etc).

My real problem is that she was very comfortable on the 109 and has known comfortableness on a bike. She has mentioned buying another 109 as a second bike. :cool: So if finances ever allow I will be purchasing a cruiser for touring with Anna. And would be sorely tempted to trade the Sprint for a Daytona or a Speed Triple...
 

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That quote was for the Gunfighter & Lady seat for 2007+ Sprint plus the OvalBack back rest.

Just the Corbin seat = $680
Backrest = $335

That nifty little glovebox setup does not fit the Sprint due the tail angle. It's a pity as it would be a great little storage addition.

 
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