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Custom Aftermarket Seats  & Modifications


Custom seats are a very individual matter. Each of the following manufacturers have good,

albeit expensive, products. Thorough investigation into the various characteristics of each

would be wise before spending anywhere between $350 to $900 for a complete set of seats

and backrests. The V Star 1300 Riders forum on Delphi is a great place to get information and

opinions about some of these products before you buy. 



Ultimate Seats

Ultimate seats have been around for a while but just began production of seats for the

XVS1300 as of February 2008. Their motto: "It feels like your butt has gone to heaven!"


I spoke with a chapter president of a Star riders group equipped with an Ultimate

seat on his Royal Star Tour Deluxe (with 59,000 miles under his belt, er, butt over

the last couple years) and he and his riding partner both attested to their comfort and quality.

Mustang Seats

Mustang seats got to market quickly with an adaptation for the XVS1300. Mustang seats

have garnered a fairly large following over the years.


Many riders state that for the 1300 the Mustang seat does re-position the

rider somewhat moreforward approximately 1 inch which may be desirable with the long cockpit

on the V Star 1300

Corbin Seats

Corbin offers, as do the other manufacturers, many options to their seats only theirs are readily

available & listed on the order page.


Corbin also offers heated seats at prices at or below the price point of Ultimate or Mustang.

Like all these manufacturers Corbin has a loyal following so at the end of the day it comes down

to personal preference.

Spencers Motorcycle Seat Mods

Spencer does custom modifications to all types of factory seats. The process involves undercutting

the original stock seat foam from the nose to the tail and using it as a form only, then replacing the

removed foam with different types, shapes and densities of material between the original pan and

the form. The seat modification was reviewed positively by Rider Magazine and forums of other

motorcycle makes, particularly the Honda ST1300.


On the V Star 1300, Spencer highly recommends the "LD" upgrade with Supracor material for both

the stock driver and passenger seat. The passenger seat is considered an automatic Supracor

upgrade, due to it's inferior stock quality, and as such you should not expect to see the same

level of improvement as you will for the driver's seat. The modification runs around $100 plus

round-trip shipping for both driver and passenger, and turn around time is quoted as

24/48 hours from the day the seat is received.

Mean City Cycles

Mean City Cycles does custom modifications to all types of factory seats.

These range from simple re-shaping to removal of much of the factory foam and

replaciing with 5.5# hospital grade memory foam. Mean City is currently only taking

new work by appointment only to keep turn-around time down. You set the appointment,

pay a $25 fee to hold your slot (this $25 is applied toward you order later), and

they call to tell you when to send the seat.


DIY Motorcycle Seats

This is a Do-It-Yourselfer's resource site providing guidance and recommended

tooling to, yes, do a seat modification yourself. It provides information on types

of foams, seat shapes, tools, and how to modify your seat.




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