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Post Why you slide forward on your OEM GT seat

Here's a peak inside the minds of the "engineers" that designed the OEM GT seat:

From the top down -

1. A piece of slippery and thin vinyl that is VERY stretchy - I would describe it as elastic.
It is attached only around the perimeter with staples, it is not glued on to the seat so it slides around on top of...

2. A piece of clear plastic, kind of like a thick Saran wrap. It has no "cling" and feels like silicone - which is of course a great lubricant. The wrap is there to ostensibly waterproof the seat (the vinyl already does a very good job of doing that) The plastic floats freely and is attached with 6 tiny quarter size dots of spray glue to...

3. A 1/8' thick piece of slippery polyurethane foam sheet that floats freely and is attached only at the front and back to:

4. A single block (brick?) of commodity grade high density polyurethane foam with a very smooth and - you guessed it - slippery surface!

So, we have $1.00 worth of vinyl, 10 cents of plastic film, and 5 cents worth of sheet foam all sliding around on top of each other - all sliding around on top of a $1.00 block of foam.

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And of course, the solution is................................

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what if you don't slide around?........

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So, we have $1.00 worth of vinyl, 10 cents of plastic film, and 5 cents worth of sheet foam all sliding around on top of each other - all sliding around on top of a $1.00 block of foam.

And you can make yours cheaper??

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No excuses here the seat does look cheaply made, but I found by adding those Gripster Tank Grips that Jerry sells at the Pirates Lair has greatly reduced sliding on the seat.

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I don't slide around either. It's not too comfortable, but it's not like sitting on a 2x4 like my R12ST.

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I only slide up to the point where my 'nads hit the tank. Up to that it's all good.

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I really liked my stock seat. I didn't slide around unless I wanted to shift position. Once shifted, I stayed where I wanted.

To help with much longer rides, I bought a seat from Bill Mayer Saddles (http://www.billmayersaddles.com/). It is better than stock. But... the new saddle forces me into one (comfortable) riding position. It isn't as easy to shift riding positions as before.
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I really liked my stock seat. I didn't slide around unless I wanted to shift position. Once shifted, I stayed where I wanted.
Exactly what happens to me - i very much like how the seat of the GT functions

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To help with much longer rides, I bought a seat from Bill Mayer Saddles (http://www.billmayersaddles.com/). It is better than stock. But... the new saddle forces me into one (comfortable) riding position. It isn't as easy to shift riding positions as before.
I don't have a BM saddle - but had a similar issue with the RT saddle (OEM) - It would be intially comfortable but since it was softer my big a$$ would just stay in one posiiton - be dificult to move around and then after an hour i would have the squirmies.

The seat was one of the first things noticed on my initial test ride

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