Go Back   Ducati Forum > Ducati Panigale Forum > Reviews

Reviews Rider reviews about bikes, parts, gear, accessories, places


Thanks Tree17Thanks
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
AntiHero's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2011
From: Round the World on an 1199

Posts: 2,084
Thanks: 2247

Race Seat vs. Comfort Seat Comparison

A race seat was my first choice when I picked my bike up, but a comfort seat was all the dealer had in stock at the time, so comfort seat I got. It works for long - and short - rides, but the material is just too slippery for the track. After being glued onto the R seat I figured I'd give the Race Seat a try and picked one up right here in the classifieds (Thanks, Tom!).

I was surprised to discover that the race seat is nearly identical to the Comfort seat. So for anyone considering which one to get, here's my take:

1) Race seat is much harder, which may initially feel uncomfortable, but contrary to common sense, harder sometimes can be less fatiguing over a long enough duration. I haven't done any massive miles on it yet, but it's plenty comfortable.

2) Race seat is less 'elegant' looking than the Comfort, with no red stitching and one solid piece of material instead of the dual-texture Comfort.

3) Race seat is the same shape (I was expecting it to be lower). Looks can be deceiving, though--the material on the Race Seat makes it look like it's slightly a different shape towards the middle/back, but that's just the material being stretched. Put your finger on it and the profile is the same as the Comfort. I molded foil around one and dropped it onto the other and it was a perfect match save for a slightly longer comfort seat length (1/2", maybe).

4) Grip. The Race seat is way grippier than the Comfort seat. So much so I may not install my stomp grips before my next track day.

Pics:



(After 17k miles, dust, dirt, rain and wind the C seat still looks new!)

Both are clearly quite a bit higher than the stock (or the 1199R) seat. So for those who are already on their tip toes, either one will push you up way too high. For those with longer legs, the Race seat will probably put you up another quarter or so inch because it wont' sag down as much as the Comfort (meaning it should keep your legs from being less cramped).
Thanks from Xbox, Cloner, luke and 9 others

Last edited by AntiHero; Apr 10th 2013 at 04:15 PM.
AntiHero is offline  
 
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bronch's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2012
From: Tacoma, WA

Posts: 1,320
Thanks: 262

I Ride: '13 MTS PP
If the race seat was half as thick or the stock seat had the same fabric it would be perfect for me.
bronch is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Canduc's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2012
From: Ontario, Canada

Posts: 120
Thanks: 13

I Ride: 2012 Panigale Tricolore, 2006 ST3 black
Thanks Antihero for the comparison. This is what I was looking for before I purchased my comfort seat. When I got my seat the dealer only had the comfort seat in stock so I went that way. I find I am sliding forward on the comfort seat when slowing and am installing the techspec tank grips.
I may go with the race seat, we'll see how it goes
Cheers
Canduc is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:42 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Charliem90's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2013
From: Lawrenceville, GA

Posts: 1,069
Thanks: 568

I Ride: 1199 Panigale/Triumph Speed Triple R
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...
Charliem90 is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:53 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Joined: May 2012
From: East Coast

Posts: 809
Thanks: 242

I think you guys have it all wrong. The race seat isn't the greatest travesty in what they delivered. . . It's the superslick waxed foot pegs. . ..
Thanks from XCLR8TN
anthem is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 04:56 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
capa1199duc's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2013
From: Kalifornia

Posts: 19
Thanks: 1

Originally Posted by anthem View Post
I think you guys have it all wrong. The race seat isn't the greatest travesty in what they delivered. . . It's the superslick waxed foot pegs. . ..
Damn Foot Pegs!!!
capa1199duc is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:10 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Whoopazz's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2012
From: Edmt, AB

Posts: 868
Thanks: 413

I Ride: 1299
AH, great review.... Did the C seat ever get soaked on your trip?
Whoopazz is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:38 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
ScrapperX's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2012
From: California

Posts: 1,441
Thanks: 812

I Ride: Panigale R
Originally Posted by anthem View Post
I think you guys have it all wrong. The race seat isn't the greatest travesty in what they delivered. . . It's the superslick waxed foot pegs. . ..
+1
ScrapperX is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:47 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Frosty's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2012
From: Calgary

Posts: 2,360
Thanks: 617

I Ride: '13 S ABS in the correct colour
Wouldn't the comfort seat be better on the track because it'll be easier to slide around in?
Frosty is offline  
Old Apr 10th 2013, 05:50 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Trauma's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2012
From: St. Louis

Posts: 5,008
Thanks: 1149

I Ride: 1199 ABS, K1300S, ZX7R
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...
Yup, they discussed the foot pegs at that same meeting!
Trauma is offline  
Reply

  Ducati Forum > Ducati Panigale Forum > Reviews

Tags
comfort, comparison, race, seat



Search tags for this page
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Trade: Comfort Seat for Race Seat EvoL Classifieds 5 Mar 29th 2013 11:55 AM
Comfort Seat or Race Seat? Canduc Ducati 1199 29 Jan 13th 2013 05:31 AM
For Trade: Racing Seat for Comfort Seat jewcati Classifieds 7 Oct 8th 2012 03:22 PM
For Sale: DP comfort seat and stock seat (1 each) MMC Classifieds 4 Sep 6th 2012 09:28 PM


Facebook Twitter Google+ RSS Feed