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Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:53 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Charliem90 View Post
Comfort seat is what they should have put on them to begin with. It's a little annoying to think that Ducati engineers/management had a meeting and in the middle of their brain-storming session one of 'em speaks up and says "Hey, I know how we can increase profit margins. You know that seat we're going to put on them? Let's just mount a 2x4" instead so they'll have to come back to the dealer and spend another $200 for the seat we were going to give 'em for free....."
Worked. Took all of the first 30 miles on mine before I showed back up at the dealer telling them they forgot to put the seat on and they really need to do something about that. My butt was hurting so much I totally didn't notice when they mumbled something about not covered by warranty so they would have to charge me another $200 or some silliness like that...
I actually said something to this effect at the dealer this past Saturday. "It's amazing, you spend 30 grand on a bike that ships with a bunch of crap you have to replace immediately so they can make even more money off of you." ...response, "Oh shit he's on to us!"
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by FrostyFire View Post
Wouldn't the comfort seat be better on the track because it'll be easier to slide around in?
Exactly what I'd ask. When I was racing I did a lot of moving around on the bike. I don't see how a high friction seat would be a help. Though to be fair, moving around meant lifting myself off the seat and shifting weight from side to side/front to back.
Stock seat seems more forward biased. The comfort seat, being thicker - especially in the front - seems to have less forward bias so not as likely to continually be causing you to slide forward.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 06:10 PM   #13
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Thanks Dennis. I am utterly amazed that the comfort and race seats are the same height. I always thought the race was shorter material. I don't think there has ever been a two inch pad on any set of race plastics. Thanks for the comparo.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 07:33 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Whoopazz View Post
AH, great review.... Did the C seat ever get soaked on your trip?
The outer surface would, but to my surprise the inner foam remained absolutely, completely dry.


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Wouldn't the comfort seat be better on the track because it'll be easier to slide around in?
Nope. If your body can't grip the bike you end up holding yourself in place using your arms....which means you're supporting yourself using the same device (clip ons) that turn the bike. After a few sessions you feel like you've done 1000 pull ups, your arms get weak and your steering inputs are affected by all the g forces. You definitely want something with sand-paper like grip. Comfort seat doesn't have it. Stock seat doesn't have it. The R seat does, and so does the Race seat.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 07:58 PM   #15
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I have the race seat and am curious if anyone has taken any of the 'cushion' out of it to reduce ride height? I sat on a friends with the stock seat and felt I was much more 'in the bike' vs. riding 'on the bike.' Either way much better than stock......Cheers!
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 08:30 PM   #16
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i got a customize seat cover from HTmoto, you can choose from an assortment of fabric, and they will make it on order. The quality and fitting is great. You can have it grip like rubber, or smoonth like silk, and different materials on side vs center. all for $65, highly recommended. Add cushion inserts, gel, all you want.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 09:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by jyli19 View Post
i got a customize seat cover from HTmoto, you can choose from an assortment of fabric, and they will make it on order. The quality and fitting is great. You can have it grip like rubber, or smoonth like silk, and different materials on side vs center. all for $65, highly recommended. Add cushion inserts, gel, all you want.
Only one I see on HTmoto's site is a $280 Stunt seat for the Panigale. Did you send them your seat?

I agree with the others....I like the stock seat for the position. Same with the R seat. The latter is great for the track because you're very rarely sitting on it. But on the street it's an ass hammer. Around 1" taken out of the comfort or the race would be ideal for both street and track. Now that I've got an extra seat I might look into something custom.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 09:42 PM   #18
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about to redo my seat tomorrow... will be experimenting with foams and gels... will post pics


does anyone have the actual height of the race and comfort seat? i could really use them as i recreate a seat tomorrow.
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Old Apr 10th 2013, 09:46 PM   #19
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Thanks for the comparison. It was in the back of my mind what the differences if any between race and comfort seat. I really hate buyer's remorse so I feel better about which seat I got now. Still wish comfort came stock on the bike
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Originally Posted by ducducgoose9987 View Post
about to redo my seat tomorrow... will be experimenting with foams and gels... will post pics


does anyone have the actual height of the race and comfort seat? i could really use them as i recreate a seat tomorrow.
Not sure where you want to measure from, but I just measured the comfort seat from the bottom sharp angle to the top and it'd 3.5" Race seat is the same.
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