Thunderbird 900 seat

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Today, 18:25
Sep 29, 2015
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Dearborn Michigan USA
First Name
Doug
My Ride
1996 Thunderbird, 1975(ish) Norton Commando
#1
I have a '96 Thunderbird 900. The seat is awful! After 30 minutes, I'm squirming and my butt is sore. Looks like maybe the PO had short legs? and maybe cut down, kind of "scooped" the foam in the front part of the seat a bit. At any rate, the foam is 22 years old and worn out. Have a Corbin seat, foam is nicely stiff and fairly comfortable, but EWWW! That seat is ugly! Have an "Air Hawk" inflatable strap on pad that works, sorta, but like sitting on a hemorrhoid cushion and adds to seat height making for tippy toes at stops. Asked here elsewhere for suggestions = foam replacement, gel inserts, etc. Not a lot of response. No need to buy a new seat, mine in great condition, but want to make this one better. Any ideas out there?
 

Gogreen

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Riding for 1 Year
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Today, 23:25
Jul 2, 2015
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Ireland
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Phil
My Ride
Thunderbird Sport
#2
as a temporary relief, try a pair of cycling shorts under your jeans/leathers, old trick but cheap and effective
 

triumph david

Riding for 58 Years
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Nov 25, 2013
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brookhaven
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david
My Ride
1976 t140 Triumph, 2006 Road King, 1982 Honda CB 900 C, 1973 Yamaha 360 Enduro, 1972 Corbin
#3
My wife and i have some gell pads, they work but do add a little height in the saddle. The thing that brothers me is my age, you get older and get tired quick, i have a year or 2 on you so you probably are feeling like me.
 
Local time
Today, 18:25
Sep 29, 2015
66
6
7
69
Dearborn Michigan USA
First Name
Doug
My Ride
1996 Thunderbird, 1975(ish) Norton Commando
#4
I'll be 70 in March, riding since 1965, R knee replacement in 2012, average maybe 3-5k miles per year on Triumph, Norton and Aprilia. Actually a little height in the seat, maybe 1/2 inch would be OK. 22 year old foam squashes right down with weight. Have an "AIRHAWK" inflatable pad that works OK for long rides, but not so good in town. Need some quite firm closed cell foam, like that used in those "plywood" Corbin seats. Keeeping an eye out for a cheap donor Corbin on EBay.
 
Local time
Today, 18:25
Sep 29, 2015
66
6
7
69
Dearborn Michigan USA
First Name
Doug
My Ride
1996 Thunderbird, 1975(ish) Norton Commando
#5
GEE! Finding proper foam for seat is harder than I thought, hence my idea of using Corbin "plywood" foam from a donor seat
 

Qship

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Riding for 38 Years
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Today, 19:25
Feb 25, 2014
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Near Fredericton, New Brunswick.
First Name
Steve
My Ride
'14 Thunderbird LT
#6
May be a auto upholstery shop? They would have different density foams for car seats. Should be able to shape one for your seat.