Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums banner
  • Hey everyone! Enter your ride HERE to be a part of this month's Bike of the Month Challenge!
1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I bought my first motorcycle last month--a brand new ST. I've really been enjoying it (it's MUCH more fun that my old Vespa). My only concern, however, is that the seat sits too low for me (I'm 5'11"). My knees rest (mostly) below the tank instead of in the tank grooves, which feels awkward. I should have considered this when I bought it, but my inexperience led me to believe it wouldn't be an issue.

The general consensus seems to be that the bench seat would raise me up at least an inch, which leads me to my question: should I pull the trigger on a Triumph-branded bench seat or wait until the other manufacturers catch up? What is the likelihood that an even taller seat will be released?

Thanks so much for your advice and suggestions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
145 Posts
I feel the same way . I want to raise the bike an inch with a progressive link, and hopefully a new seat. I saw the brown bench seat but nahhh I didn't like it. The guy who had the seat told me that you slip too much with that seat. He said he was better off with the stock one, so i will wait for other companies to make a gel seat .


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
692 Posts
I feel the same way . I want to raise the bike an inch with a progressive link, and hopefully a new seat. I saw the brown bench seat but nahhh I didn't like it. The guy who had the seat told me that you slip too much with that seat. He said he was better off with the stock one, so i will wait for other companies to make a gel seat .


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
A progressive link will raise the bike but not the seat/peg distance.
I have the bench seat and I feel less cramped in the cockpit.. Not sure what the guy is saying about slipping around, I don't find it slippery at all, maybe it was a little slippery when it was new, since I have nearly a thousand mile on it, It seems to have settled in... I get more compliments on the brown seat, probably because it is so unusual in a world of black seats.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Another option is having the standard seat re-upholstered by a tapestry specialist. Typically this costs less than a new seat and you can specify seat thickness, shape, texture and material. ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
123 Posts
I have the brown bench seat on my bike and it does give it a couple more inches in height. I'm 5' 6" and can juuuuust flatfoot it. I haven't noticed any issues with slipping while riding either, just sayin'.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
173 Posts
So I bought my first motorcycle last month--a brand new ST. I've really been enjoying it (it's MUCH more fun that my old Vespa). My only concern, however, is that the seat sits too low for me (I'm 5'11"). My knees rest (mostly) below the tank instead of in the tank grooves, which feels awkward. I should have considered this when I bought it, but my inexperience led me to believe it wouldn't be an issue.

The general consensus seems to be that the bench seat would raise me up at least an inch, which leads me to my question: should I pull the trigger on a Triumph-branded bench seat or wait until the other manufacturers catch up? What is the likelihood that an even taller seat will be released?

Thanks so much for your advice and suggestions.
At 6'2", I have the same issue with most bikes. While my T120 is pretty good, I will be purchasing the accessory "comfort seat" when they become available.

I previously had a Bonneville SE, which came with the scooped seat. Looked sexy as hell, but was agony after 30 miles or so. I fixed it by buying a T100 gel seat, which pretty much looks like one of those small table-top ironing boards you find in motel rooms. Way better, and it allowed me to move around so not only were my knees happy, so was my butt.

And, from my own observations, despite the fact that there are many complaints on this forum on the prices of Triumph accessories, the Triumph accessory seats are a bargain when compared to the aftermarket. So, yes, my own personal recommendation is to try the Triumph bench seat. Keep the original for those Bike Nights so it looks sexy and all, and mount the bench when the horizon beckons.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Another option is having the standard seat re-upholstered by a tapestry specialist. Typically this costs less than a new seat and you can specify seat thickness, shape, texture and material. ;)
Could they flatten out the seat and change it from being scooped?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
At 6'2", I have the same issue with most bikes. While my T120 is pretty good, I will be purchasing the accessory "comfort seat" when they become available.

I previously had a Bonneville SE, which came with the scooped seat. Looked sexy as hell, but was agony after 30 miles or so. I fixed it by buying a T100 gel seat, which pretty much looks like one of those small table-top ironing boards you find in motel rooms. Way better, and it allowed me to move around so not only were my knees happy, so was my butt.

And, from my own observations, despite the fact that there are many complaints on this forum on the prices of Triumph accessories, the Triumph accessory seats are a bargain when compared to the aftermarket. So, yes, my own personal recommendation is to try the Triumph bench seat. Keep the original for those Bike Nights so it looks sexy and all, and mount the bench when the horizon beckons.
I really appreciate your response.

Do you think anyone will come out with a "comfort" seat for the Street Twin, or is the currently-available bench seat as thick as its gonna get? I've already talked to BC, who said their bench seat will likely sit lower than the stock seat.
 

·
Premium Member
2018 Bonneville T120, Red/Silver
Joined
·
1,306 Posts
My son got the ribbed bench seat for his Street Twin and said it's a lot better. He's pretty tall (over 6 feet), and thought the stock seat was too low.

AND, it just so happens that he is selling a brand new Brown Street Twin bench seat in the for-sale section here! He has the Red Street Twin, and ordered the Brown Ribbed Bench Seat when he bought the bike. But he didn't like how it looked with the red tank, so he ordered the same seat in Black and is selling the Brown one for $100 off.

Look for it in the classifieds section here, or PM me and I can send you the pics and info.

-Dan
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
173 Posts
I really appreciate your response.

Do you think anyone will come out with a "comfort" seat for the Street Twin, or is the currently-available bench seat as thick as its gonna get? I've already talked to BC, who said their bench seat will likely sit lower than the stock seat.
You're welcome.

I think in a year or two you'll be able to buy an aftermarket seat for your bike to fit any way you want, to look any way you want. You may want check out the offer from dchernikoff, especially of the price is right.

From appearances in the adverts and from what other owners have said, the ribbed bench sits higher, so I don't know where BC is coming from.

A month or so ago I got the OK from the parts manager at the local Triumph dealer to try a seat swap from a STwin to a T120 and vice versa, to see if seats made for one model fit the other, and I posted the results here. In short, they were NOT swappable, but dang it, I could not tell why. They sure LOOKED the same underneath, but there must be a slight difference in the frames of the two bikes. Both myself and the parts manager tried, but no go. Since then I have not seen any posts from anyone trying the same thing, so we can only thus far assume the seats are different. Too bad, as that way you could buy the comfort seat for the T120.

I have posted on this forum before a piece of advice I used to give when I was the Tech Editor of a US-based marque club's magazine: give yourself and the seat a chance to "break in" before plunking down dollars, pounds or Euros on a different seat. About half the time I would hear back that the rider took my advice and sure enough, grew to be just fine with the stock seat.

Another thing to consider: a bench seat will ruin, in my opinion and I could be wrong, the lines of the Street Twin. The designers in Hinckley penned the shape of the seat for a reason, and you may find that your own eye will look upon the new seat with disdain. That's why I recommended that you keep the stock seat for the Bike Night turnouts, and use the bench for touring when it is hidden by you and your duffle. :smile2:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Originally Posted by jpn "Could they flatten out the seat and change it from being scooped?"

Yes, hopefully I'll be having it done next week and be sharing pics with the community soon
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Originally Posted by richreed701 "
A month or so ago I got the OK from the parts manager at the local Triumph dealer to try a seat swap from a STwin to a T120 and vice versa, to see if seats made for one model fit the other, and I posted the results here. In short, they were NOT swappable, but dang it, I could not tell why. They sure LOOKED the same underneath, but there must be a slight difference in the frames of the two bikes. Both myself and the parts manager tried, but no go. Since then I have not seen any posts from anyone trying the same thing, so we can only thus far assume the seats are different. Too bad, as that way you could buy the comfort seat for the T120."

The T120 seat is same as ST seat underneath. The problem lies in the height of the seat at the back. --> being about an inch higher the back if the seat sits on the fender before locking into place. It seams feasible then, if the rear panel were cut to follow the fender it would fit. Keep in mind gap between seat and side panel will be noticeable (roughly 1" gap). That's why I'm re-upholstering the original. :))
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Edit: change from "The T120 seat is same as ST seat underneath.
To "The T120 seat APPEARS same as ST seat underneath"

Perhaps my hunch about rearvfender interfering with seat installation may be tested by someone with fender removal kit installed?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
66 Posts
Seat redisign

Another option is having the standard seat re-upholstered by a tapestry specialist. Typically this costs less than a new seat and you can specify seat thickness, shape, texture and material. ;)
Had seat redisigned by Viking Motorcycle Seats now wider and deeper padding back and front,no more complaints from passenger and more comfortable than standard seat.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
54 Posts
The stock seat looks the business, but is about as comfortable as the one on a '66 Ducati Diana. I just plopped my trusty Airhawk on, and now it looks like I'm a fugitive from a Guzzi rally, but I can ride all day in comfort. It also raises you about an inch, and I can use it on all three of my bikes. Every really comfortable custom seat that I have seen is never as attractive as he stocker, so I think it's a lot cheaper fix that can move on to your next bike.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
The stock seat looks the business, but is about as comfortable as the one on a '66 Ducati Diana. I just plopped my trusty Airhawk on, and now it looks like I'm a fugitive from a Guzzi rally, but I can ride all day in comfort. It also raises you about an inch, and I can use it on all three of my bikes. Every really comfortable custom seat that I have seen is never as attractive as he stocker, so I think it's a lot cheaper fix that can move on to your next bike.
Which model Airhawk do you recommend? I'm still looking for a lift on my street twin seat.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
Originally Posted by jpn "Could they flatten out the seat and change it from being scooped?"

Yes, hopefully I'll be having it done next week and be sharing pics with the community soon
Follow up: I was quite displeased with the seat until I tried this inexpensive seat cover:

http://www.tucanourbano.com/it/coprisella-cool-fresh-seat-cover.html

it is only about 1/2" high but makes all the difference between granite bench and cushy seat. Also, the material is 3d mesh so very comfortable and breathable. I have never removed it once installed...

The pic unfortunately doesn't do it justice as it was moved back, usually it is up against the tank.

I think the look is not so bad. Also, by folding in the front part, it raises the seat right in front helping me keep in place somewhat, avoiding slipping forward towards the tank - at least during normal relaxed driving that is.

I also tried the bench seat, but I believe the original is better for the lower center of gravity of your body position
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
54 Posts
Which model Airhawk do you recommend? I'm still looking for a lift on my street twin seat.
Mine is, I think, the basic "Cruiser' seat - it's a bit of a teardrop shape, and actually is a perfect fit for the scoop-out in the stock seat. I would recommend getting the original Airhawk, not the newer, cheaper model.
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top