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    Question Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    So I have an 08 FZ6 with a brand new/new (I'll explain below) Corbin seat and after a six hour ride through God's country in the Smoky Mountains (Cherohala Skyway), not only was my crotch numb, but upper back between the shoulder blades just below the top of my spine was an 8/10 on the pain scale. By hour #4, it felt like someone was twisting my muscles with locking pliers and seriously couldn't feel my twig when I stood up to reposition it in my pants. We were in a 10 bike group ride and every 30-45 minutes, we would take a 10 minute break but as the day wore on, the pains came back at faster intervals. I didn't feel anything until an hour or so into the ride but by the end, I was in agony.

    I was two-upping with the wife so that may have played a part in how I sat which was pretty much my sack against the tank and, maybe my muscles weren't used to the 3000 foot vertical difference between Knoxville and the Cherohala. We two-up all the time on 1-2 hour mountain runs but not that much of a difference in vertical change. Now I know the Corbin says they use foam that is purposely more rigid that other custom builders and the stock seat and, that after a typical riding season, it should soften up or conform to our butts. Problem is, I'm not sure I can stand (or sit) it much longer. It's been 4 hours and part of "my part" is still a bit numb.

    My wife originally had an issue with the first Corbin I ordered as the way they made the rear seat for the FZ6 caused her pain within 30 minutes and then she went numb down there. The shape of her seat was convex and most of her butt/thigh area was not supported at all. So, Corbin took the seat back and I had it reshaped just like the FJ-09 which is flat with a concave shape. It supports her amazingly now and she's good for at least a couple of hours before she gets sore. But just like me, as the hours roll on even with resting breaks, her pain intervals get shorter and shorter.

    I know the FZ6 isn't a long hauler but I have a couple of friends half our age (we're in our late 40s) who ride cross-country on an identical FZ6 but with a different Yamaha custom seat. So is it me, the seat or the bike? I'm 5'10" at 195lbs and the wife is 5'1" and 110lbs. One of the guys I rode with jokingly said I should step up to his FJR1300 and after today's ride, I jokingly agreed. He did say to try a bar riser as maybe my riding position is messing with my back which never bothers me with anything else I do.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    I’ve owned a few Corbin Saddles over the years and despite the hype, I don’t find them comfortable.

    The OEM seat on the FZ is torture. I have the factory gel seat on my FZ and I find it comfortable for as long as I want to ride. I can easily go 120 - 180 miles on it. Gel seats can be hard to find, so keep your eyes out.
    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    guys please let me know if anyone is selling comfort seat for fz6, I'm desperately looking for one.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    I have some sw-motech risers on (1" up, 1" back), and it made a big difference for me in seating position/riding comfort. YMMV. As for seats, I've gone through a few variations. Tried a Spenser of my stock, have a Shad, and then also have a 'Terry's Custom Seats' build, as mentioned by another forum member. I use the Terry seat on any long highway trips. It is more supportive in the front, kind-of makes you sit up/back just a bit more. I can pretty much go all day with that setup (with appropriate breaks every 1.5-2 hours). Have never had numb crotch from the FZ6. Can't really say what will work for you of course, but hopefully you'll find something that works.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by TownsendsFJR1300 View Post
    I have 1" up, 1 & 3/8" back risers on a full faired FZ, with stock windshield.

    I'm 5'8" and have no problem with the wind and as noted above, hadn't noticed any handling differences, just way more comfy to ride...



    BTW, I originally tried just 1" risers, they helped but it wasn't enough, too much pressure on the arms leaning forward...
    Someone posted that a few years ago here which is similar to your 1" back risers. Did you have any trouble with clutch line? As you know, our clutch line is very rigid and there doesn't seem to be any slack to go back an inch or more.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fz6Junkie View Post
    Someone posted that a few years ago here which is similar to your 1" back risers. Did you have any trouble with clutch line? As you know, our clutch line is very rigid and there doesn't seem to be any slack to go back an inch or more.
    As noted above, mine are 1" up AND 1 3/8" back with the stock clutch cable.

    No re-routing, nothing. Clutch cable is NOT an issue.

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    2007 Yamaha FZ6- BD43 headlight mod, PIAA bulbs, Stebal air horn, Scorpion SS pipes-(no DB killers), Speedohealer, HEL SS brake lines, Fenda Extenda, K&P SS re-usable oil filter, custom mounted BMW style electrical outlet(L.S.), Techmount GPS mount with handlebar bar risers/set backs, additional helmet lock, custom mod'ed seat(Spencers), Hyper light-rear running/brake light, custom radiator/fan protector, Techspec tank pads, Grip Puppies, Yamaha rear rack with custom aluminum flat rack.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Thanks for the pic. That helps a lot. Do you have a brand/model or even better a link for yours?

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fz6Junkie View Post
    Thanks for the pic. That helps a lot. Do you have a brand/model or even better a link for yours?
    Bought 2-4-09 Gen Mar (bar risers). $80.95 at the time

    First pic is mine: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...cw=1129&ch=427

    You can also get just 1" up risers. I tried those and it wasn't enough for me and sold em. With these, very little weight on the arms, wrist, etc (I don't do the "push up constantly type of riding-too old)

    Do a search, you should be able to find something close if not the same.
    Last edited by TownsendsFJR1300; 07-01-2019 at 09:30 AM.
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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Got myself a 1" up 1.25" back riser and it definitely got me more upright but, my parts still get tingly after 30+ minutes of riding. It's gotta be the new Corbin seat that seems to be made of some proprietary foam/concrete mixture. The gas smell issue I posted in another thread is annoying but doesn't affect the ride but this, this is stupidly painful and really a deal breaker for wanting to continue riding at least on this seat/bike. I have my stock seat and that seems better because it's flat verses the humped shape Corbin designs but my wife needs the backrest that only works with the Corbin. Maybe I'll just take the seat to a local motorcycle upholsterer and see what they can do to smooth it out.

    Do any of you use a sheepskin, beads or gel pad on your FZ6? I would be willing to try some but I've read those sometimes don't work on the twisties which the Smoky Mountains are full of.

    Attached is a picture of my bike. The top pics are my bike with the seat that Corbin originally made. That rear seat killed my wife's backside as the shape was convex and provided no support. So I asked Corbin to tweak the seat to look just like their FJ-09 style like you can see in the other two pics below my bike. They did exactly that and she's good to go but now, my part of the seat is really humped and I think that's what's numbing me up.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Is it me, the seat or the bike?-screen-shot-2019-07-09-10-21-29-am-jpg  
    Last edited by Fz6Junkie; 07-09-2019 at 07:34 AM.

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    Re: Is it me, the seat or the bike?

    Kinda a PIA (no pun intended), but this company modifies seats (Spencers); Spencers Seat Modifications - FAQ

    Before throwing in the towel, I'd talk to him about modifying your Corbin, to fit your tail... The guy works wonders...

    I had my FZ done by him, (kept the stock dimensions, just needed it a tad softer). His turnaround is usually a day and takes longer to ship than the mod.
    He's highly recommended and knows his stuff...

    A lot cheaper than a new bike and custom made for YOU..
    Scott
    2007 Yamaha FZ6- BD43 headlight mod, PIAA bulbs, Stebal air horn, Scorpion SS pipes-(no DB killers), Speedohealer, HEL SS brake lines, Fenda Extenda, K&P SS re-usable oil filter, custom mounted BMW style electrical outlet(L.S.), Techmount GPS mount with handlebar bar risers/set backs, additional helmet lock, custom mod'ed seat(Spencers), Hyper light-rear running/brake light, custom radiator/fan protector, Techspec tank pads, Grip Puppies, Yamaha rear rack with custom aluminum flat rack.

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