So I'm asking for advice from you who ride the Speedmaster is it a comfortable ride on long hauls do you have to do a lot of modifications for comfort? I was able to do a test ride at a dealer and the short ride felt good ergonomically and it felt pretty light and nimble. Opinions , comments appreciated.
I can echo Ladybonnie's comments practically word for word, but am seeking long haul comfort too, so will add my eandeavours so far. I have nearly 2000 miles on the clock now, but it's been a learning curve.
WARNING: TMI in parts (literally)
I started with the stock seat on a test drive for 2 hours, covering approx 80 miles, motorway (70mph), A (40-60mph) and B roads (30-60mph)... I loved it compared to my America 865 and ordered the Speedie when I returned from the test ride. However, I did stop halfway to fill up as the tank is tiny and was only part full.
I have since done a regular 79 mile journey to a friend's house and I found that the stock seat presses on my perineal nerve and makes my 'bits' numb at around 45miles.
Step 1. Took original seat to my favourote uphosterers and got them to remove the lump at the front and put the cover back on. This improved the journey time to around 50 miles, but 'bits' were still numb.
Step 2. I changed for the brown quilted seat from Triumph. This improved the look of the bike considerably (I have Cranberry Red), but shortened the journey time to around 15 miles before my 'bits' were numb (not good and promnotes prostate problems, including possible cancer traits if prolonged)
Step 3. Took brown quilted seat back to dealer and as it was not really that used, they put it back in the polythene and credited my account. Ordered and fitted Triumph Comfort seat... this was again an improvement and I managed around 50 miles before I was numb again... I could live with this I thought...
Step 4... but the bike looked better with a brown seat and so I went back to my favourote upholsterers and got it covered in plain close grained chocolate brown leather. This unfortunately stopped me moving freely on the seat and so reduce my comfort time to about 40 miles, but had noticed over time the strain on my wrists due to the stock beach bars.
Step 5. bought 1" up and back risers from 'Motone' and a set of LSL Flat track bars after reading another post about 2" up and back risers on this forum from Rox. The wrist problems gone, but the comfort time bofore my 'bits' went numb shortened to 30 miles as I was a tad more forwards.
Step 6. Ordered a corbin seat after reading how good it was onn this forum. This was sure to sort my problems I thought.....
Step 7. Whilst waiting for the Corbin seat from the US (I am in the UK), I ordered some 1" riser extensions again from 'Motone' and found I had no numbness on my journeys, but still the recovered Comfort seat looks like it is floating and spoils the look and I was after a bit more comfort over all so could not wait for the Corbin to arrive.
Step 8. Corbin Solo arrived and I fitted it but it has rubbed the paint from the shock in less than 10 miles... No idea a bout numbness as the journey was too uncomfortable with all the rubbing and bing from the shock...
I am currentlty awaiting a proper response from Corbin (see other thread on Corbin seat)
I am a tad overweight at 205lbs ish, so the pressure on my perineal nerve is partly caused by a combination of being 'fat' and long (6ft tall) and the shape of the Speedie (it is small).
My conclusion is that you need to be in the right position to be comfotable on this bike... too far forward and I have problems with pressure in the wrong place. Changing the bars and sitting back a bit more solves this for me.
Considering a dart screen to stop the buffeting at speed, but I am happy now I have changed the bars and the seat from stock. I think the Cobin Solo wil be more comfortable if they can make it fit for purpose and not rub, but the comfort seat trumps the stock seat for sure if not.
I suggest a 100+ mile test ride and try to get one on the comfort seat for sure... depending on your height/length of inside leg.