We first came across Coventry-based Custom Motorcycle Seats a few years ago when looking for a long distance touring seat for a Honda Blackbird for a tour of Ireland….We’d tried Top Sellerie (no good on quality) and Corbin (too hard and too expensive). We wanted was soft, cushioning comfort even over some of the bumpiest roads in Europe; but at a good price.
So who are CM seats? They’re a long-established family firm from the UK’s Midlands (also trading as UK Motorcycle Seats). The firm has been quietly building a reputation amongst bikers for a few years now, known for a reliable service and flexibility. They can reduce height, re-shape, re-cover and repair. The guys can also supply exchange or off the shelf seats in a choice of colours & trims.
But its the sheer comfort of the product that really gets their name passed round – especially the ‘geltastic’ pads they use. We went for their ‘Bladerunner’ model (see left),with Geltastic pad inserts, front and rear. We opted for black seat and silver piping. Loverly.
Dealing with them..
You can order by phone or from the website, but its a good idea to chat with them first about your requirements. Melvyn and his son are the guys you’d most likely speak to and a helpful pair they are. The normal procedure is for a rider to send the seat in, have it converted and then posted back by secure delivery. However, they also keep a supply of ‘donor’ seat bases for many bikes. if you don’t want to wait and they have a donor seat they can charge you a £100 deposit and send it right away. You get the £100 back when you send them your old seat base. We tried this and it worked fine.
The original seat for the Blackbird was tested on over 2,000 miles of Irish roads (the potholes on which have to be seen to be believed) on two separate 2-up tours. It was a great success, the gel pads cushioned like a feather bed, and the widened and re-designed profile of the bladerunner model proved to have been a wise choice.
Riding was much more enjoyable without a distracting ache, and the seat extended our daily range from 200 to about 350 miles – a huge improvement. The sculpted shape turned out to be more than just aesthetics too; it offered lower back support for the rider, but at the same time prevented the pillion from sliding forwards under heavy braking.
It’s no good having a seat that OK for the rider but no good for the pillion. Both Dave and Grahams’s wives however were well pleased. Durability is good too; heavy grade material and no signs of issues after a year of use. We do a lot of miles in the saddle and for us one of these is now standard equipment. Indeed; the best compliment we can pay is that we have fitted them to every bike we’ve ever had since.
Value for Money
At between £170 and £400 depending on what you want done and whether you can supply your seat base, the CM product sits about mid-range in the marketplace. There is cheaper out there, and more expensive. What sets these seats apart however in how well they actually do their job. The cushioning was so effective it came close to that offered by the air-hawk seat pad, but without the faffing around that involves. If you have a bike that gives you numb bum, don’t change the bike – get one of these. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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