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Finally got to take a "long" ride yesterday

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I've owned my bike for about 3 weeks now and yesterday I finally got a chance to take it for a ride in the mountains. I forgot how fun it is to just get away and be out on a bike. But it did teach me a few things. First off, I NEED A NEW SEAT!!! I bought a gel pad for the stock seat thinking that would help. I guess it helped a little, but not enough. I think I have the flattest ass in the world! Must have been all the spankings I got as a kid, LOL! My back was hurting a little too after being hunched over for so long. That may be just because I haven't ridden in a while, but I may want to get some new risers. Also, the suspension kinda sucks. I hit some bumps on the highway and I felt like I was being bucked off. And I could feel every bump I hit on the road with the front tire. I'll play with the shock adjusters but new shocks may be in my future too.
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I just put a Mustang Wide Vintage Wide Tourer on mine yesterday. I've only had the opportunity to take it for a quick 10 minute ride down the road but I could already tell a difference. Just be aware that if you are already having issues leaning forward to reach the handlebars now, the Mustang seat is going to put you in a more reclined position so if you decide to get this seat, make plans to address that concern at the same time.
I just measured my Mustang seat and the Stock seat and the Mustang seat is 1-1/2" wider than the stock seat, the passenger seat is 1" wider than stock. Hardly noticeable just from looking at it. I understand your concern though, that's why I didn't order an Ultimate seat (that and it was over $100.00 more than the Mustang) it looks very comfortable but I was concerned about looks as well. I have heard a lot of good things about Meancitycycles but I wanted to be lower and like the amount of lower back support the Mustang provides. Either way you go it will be a signaficiant improvement over stock! I was in a 62-mile charity ride 2 weeks ago and was hurting so bad at the end I felt I wasn't going to be able to put my legs down when we stopped!
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