I ride a 1300C and have been frequently asked “how does
your butt handle those stock seats?” I have heard people
saying that “a 2x4 board is more comfortable than
Honda’s stock seats.” Most riders that have made these
comments are not riding a “1300” but riding a "1800
model." I find the stock seats on the “1300” to be quite
comfortable and soft. They set low which was perfectly
fine for me since I am not a tall individual.
The main reason for the switch was for my passenger.
Since the stock seats on the “C” model have a slim and a
low profile, it didn’t allow your passenger much option
to shift. Ultimately causing their legs and butt to go
numb during those extended trips. Also, since it does
not allow for the contours of the passengers legs and
buttocks, it will not prevent them from sliding forward
during those quick and sudden braking.
I sat on the Ultimate and the Mustang seats from various
riders. Each of them were quite comfortable, but not the
look that I was after. Since I did not know much about
the Saddlemen, I took a gamble and purchased them
Saddlemen Seats have different design options, but I was
set on the Saddlemen Explorer. If you decided to
purchase this particular design please beware that they
are built per order. I waited two months for my seats to
There were significant differences between the two
seats. After a month and over 800 miles I have noted
several pros and cons:
1. The seat sits much higher than the stock seats. If
you own a “C” model or ever ride one on long distances,
the common complaint is numbing of the hand and wrist.
Since the handle bars on the “C” are recessed back, it
forces the rider to lean forward. During those long
rides with the wrist cocked and the riders weight from
leaning forward, inhibits the flow of blood to the
nerves on your wrist; ultimately, causing your hand and
wrist to go numb. This problem was resolve since the
rider sits higher and moves you forward.
2. The higher seat allows the windshield to be at my eye
level. Another modification that I don’t have to do.
3. My passenger no longer complains about numbing of the
legs and butt. The wider passenger seat allows her to
shift from cheek to cheek.
Despite what most riders claim about the stock Honda
seats, the Saddlemen Explorer is not as soft. Saddlemen
claims that their seats have gel pads which I just don’t
feel. Although I have noticed that it has gotten softer
2. Unlike the Mustang or Ultimate seats, if you order
the Saddlemen without the back rest, you don’t have the
option to add it later. They don’t add the hole to allow
for the back rest if you decide to upgrade.
3. The very front of these seats are flush with the
tank. Since I am blessed with a “vertical stance”
dilemma, during stopping, I feel the seats rubbing on my
inner thighs. Thankfully I don’t have to leave me feet
down at all times.
I must say that I am very pleased with the new look of
the bike and as far as comfort goes, that still remains
to be determined.
Review By: Terry
Company Website Link: "Saddlemen