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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Pillion Comfort! The wife's moaning again!!

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My wife has said the the T120 is the most uncomfortable bike I've owned! To be a little more precise she says after a few hours that it hurts the cox's at the base of her spine, followed by a night of discomfort! Anyone else have a pillion that thinks the rear seat ride is not ideal?

I've upgraded the rear shocks to Nitron R3's and the front shocks with Ohlins FSK 216 fully adjustable forks (personally I think it performs extremely well and absorbs all but the most aggressive potholes etc...)! I also have the Triumph comfort seat (which probably isn't the best). My last step is to have the seat re-padded properly by a seat guy a few towns away from me.

I also have an XSR900 which she says is fine, I sold a Ninja 1K (z1000sx) to make room for the T120 and that had a razor blade for a seat but she said that it was way more comfortable!! i can't figure it out. is there something plastic or that protrudes on the seat pan of the T120 seat?

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 10:06 AM
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It looks like you’ve spent a fortune on the suspension and now it is time for a decent seat. The stock seat is a plank and from what I’ve read, the comfort seat is no better. I just got a King and Queen and it is a big improvement for me. For you, the operant word is “Queen”. I would check out Russell Day-Long. There is a picture of a seat for a Bonneville under “specialty seats”. I don’t think a more comfortable seat exists but their lead time is currently October. Then there is Corbin. Hard.
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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 02:24 PM
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Sounds like it's time to get a new wife!

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If he gets a new wife, he won't have any money left over to keep the bike......
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The most important comfort is the rider, if the passenger complains leave them at home or tell them to tuffen up or get her own bike, better riding solo anyway, my wife never complains as it goes nowhere with me, my only complaint is she moves around to much and usualy at the wrong time, when she does I do something to make her hang on

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My wife thought the T100 with stock seat was really uncomfortable. Bought the King and Queen and could ride all day. I kept the stock seat on when riding solo or short 2-up rides but switched to the K&Q anytime we went more than an hour. Haven't had the T120 long enough to know if it's going to be the same but suspect it will be.

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We added a gel pad for her, it raises her up about 3/4" and changes her knee bend angle, overall more leg room. The pad helps significantly with seating overall comfort. It's held on with Velcro set. Hooks on the seat and loops on the strap attached to the seat. It's easy to remove the pad and the black seat strap is not really noticeable.

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Hi Gents

My wife has said the the T120 is the most uncomfortable bike I've owned! To be a little more precise she says after a few hours that it hurts the cox's at the base of her spine, followed by a night of discomfort! Anyone else have a pillion that thinks the rear seat ride is not ideal?

I've upgraded the rear shocks to Nitron R3's and the front shocks with Ohlins FSK 216 fully adjustable forks (personally I think it performs extremely well and absorbs all but the most aggressive potholes etc...)! I also have the Triumph comfort seat (which probably isn't the best). My last step is to have the seat re-padded properly by a seat guy a few towns away from me.

I also have an XSR900 which she says is fine, I sold a Ninja 1K (z1000sx) to make room for the T120 and that had a razor blade for a seat but she said that it was way more comfortable!! i can't figure it out. is there something plastic or that protrudes on the seat pan of the T120 seat?

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Hi Stevo,

Not sure where you live but talking about potholes makes me think its the UK.What do they do with all the revenue taken from vehicle excise etc, it certainly does not go on roads that's for sure otherwise the UK would have the best roads in the world!
Now you have had all the jokes etc, it is most important for your wife to have a good seat and the Bonneville ones are diabolical the so called comfort one is even worse than the original!

My Corbin GF&L looks the business but is still too hard for me, not got a passenger at the moment so can't say about that part, perhaps when she comes to live with me next year.

I would suggest talking with the guy who reupholsters seats in a town near you would be the best option, that way you can always go back if not perfect.
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