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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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2019 CB500F seat

Hi guys. Just bought a 2019 CB500F a few weeks ago. For the most part, I quite like it.

Today I went for a ride on the highway for about an hour or so and the seat and ergonomics on this bike are terrible (not a big deal for short city rides) My arse is still sore. My question is, what are people doing to make this seat more comfortable? Is there something I can put on top of it? A new seat? Why they would put such a terrible seat on this bike is puzzling. It's almost like sitting on a picnic table bench..

Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

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Some people put gel pads on top.
I found that moving and sitting more toward the back of the seat makes it better for a little longer. Of course if that even is an option for you.

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Hi guys. Just bought a 2019 CB500F a few weeks ago. For the most part, I quite like it.

Today I went for a ride on the highway for about an hour or so and the seat and ergonomics on this bike are terrible (not a big deal for short city rides) My arse is still sore. My question is, what are people doing to make this seat more comfortable? Is there something I can put on top of it? A new seat? Why they would put such a terrible seat on this bike is puzzling. It's almost like sitting on a picnic table bench..

Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
Corbin makes some really good ones but very expensive.
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Some people put gel pads on top.
I found that moving and sitting more toward the back of the seat makes it better for a little longer. Of course if that even is an option for you.
Thanks. What types and sizes of gel pads? I don't think moving towards the back will help much. The entire seat needs some more comfort. Gel may work fine..
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Some people put gel pads on top.
I found that moving and sitting more toward the back of the seat makes it better for a little longer. Of course if that even is an option for you.
Thanks. What types and sizes of gel pads? I don't think moving towards the back will help much. The entire seat needs some more comfort. Gel may work fine..
I do not know. Universal ones can be found online just measure the seat size.
Wish I could be more help but I've never looked at one or used one.

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I do not know. Universal ones can be found online just measure the seat size.
Wish I could be more help but I've never looked at one or used one.
Thanks. I will look further in to it. Cheers!
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Rooter, there's really 2 areas of comfort/discomfort that can't be overlooked when riding a motorcycle. Our heads, and our arses… a helmet and seat. They're not a one size fits all, but manufacturers have to go with something in the middle that's still cost efficient. I have a link of the 2019 cb500f's seat to prove a point.. it costs much less than you may have believed. And It may make you feel better about taking the seat apart to experiment with gel pads or some other miracle cure. IMO, Changes to the seat are a much better "fix" than changing your natural seating position on the bike. That's a ghost you'll never catch.
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"It's almost like sitting on a picnic table bench.."

I think the bench would be a relief compared to the stock seat!
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Funny my arse must be as hard as my head. I often do 7 hours at a go on the stock seat with no complaints. Of course my orthopedic surgeon once told me that I am wired differently with a high threshold for pain. I figure that is the secret to a successful marriage.
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All Japanese sport bike seats are awful. You can play around with them and make some improvement; I did. However, in the long run it's best to concentrate on a properly formed seat and that is the Corbin. It's $343 USD plus shipping. In the USA, Corbin will ship only "signature required" to prove the buyer got the seat. This is expensive. Shipping from Corbin in California to central Texas was $36. Still, this is the 5th Corbin seat I've had going back several decades. They are very firm, but properly shaped and very well made.

No seat improvement will overcome the harsh, overly stiff (for us lighter folks) shock absorber. $600 for a fully-adjustable Wilbers, sprung to buyer's weight and riding style, is as necessary as the upgraded seat. Not welcome news, but figure on spending $1000 beyond the purchase price of the bike. Oh, another $15-20 on E-Bay will bring you a nice set of 30mm handlebar risers. No modification required to fit them. OEM cables are long enough, but you might have to remove the cable retainers behind the headlamp. Easy job and makes a big and inexpensive difference.

Oh, if you remove the seat, whatever the reason, do yourself a favor and get rid of those idiotic Allen bolts that hold it on. I had one **** of a time getting them to line up with the threaded holes in the frame. Cross thread those holes and you'll be very unhappy. The solution I used was to get threaded rod (I believe it's 5mm x 1.0 pitch threads but others please write to correct that if I'm wrong). Cut two 30mm lengths of this threaded rod and (Blue) loctite each in to the threaded holes in the frame. Use a Nylock nut of the correct size and thread pitch and a washer to secure the seat to the studs. It is very easy to mount the seat this way any time you remove it. You'll need to carry a 10mm open end wrench with you to remove the seat when traveling.

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