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Two-up on a Rigid

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Post by Ripley/Fla » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:37 am

Can you help me narrow down my bike purchase? I have not ridden in 25 years. My Pans were either chopper seats with pegs or solo pogo seats with floorboards. Is the bigger buddy seat with the fender helper spring a semi-comfortable ride for two people. My wife remembers "Sportster style" seats as OK, but we are not 20 something anymore. Neither are our backs! I am down south so the roads are generally ok. I am not a rich urban biker, this is a major purchase. Your feelings on a dressed-out rigid vs a duo-glide. Thanks for any input!



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Post by FlatHeadSix » Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:21 am

Ripley

Those hardtail buddy seats were roomy and comfy too!, just look at how happy the passenger is in all the Harley magazine ads from the 40's and 50's.

Seriously, if you want your wife to get back on after the first ride you better stick with a swing-arm frame and a bigger seat with a backrest. There was a very good reason they named the rigid models "Sport Solo".

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:30 am

The guy in the lead in this '47 ad, (the one waving with the really big smile) is wearing the original shirt with "if you can read this, the bitch fell off" printed on the back.

honest!

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Post by ozwick86 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:46 am

Ripley,

I have ridden with my wife on mine and she says the ride is great. The driver however is way up on the skinny part where the padding runs out. Also, you get pushed way forward.

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Post by fourthgear » Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:35 pm

It does get a little tight with two up on the buddy seat , but a more comfortable ride you will not find with other seats.

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Post by 45brit » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:06 pm

what they said. The late cantilever seats are much better, people are very rude about how they look, but the buddy seats simply aren't long enough for two people for any length of time

Plus the spring frame is just a softer ride, that's what it was introduced for... it certainly wasn't to improve the handling!

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:53 am

this picture popped up tonight when I logged on. Believe it or not Ripley, this is what you want. Sorry, the devil made me say that....

And like Cotten said, they were also available in sparkly metalflake and attractive Hi-Fi two-tones if you like that cheezy 70's look.

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Post by DuoDave » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:01 am

Flatheadsix is right Ripley. Your wife will find the seat in that car pretty comfortable. You would see it more clearly if someone hadn't parked a damn motorcycle in the way. :lol:

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Post by BigMike » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:07 pm

That big buddy seat is the reason my wife wouldn't ride on the pan. Plus, with her big arse on there, it felt like I was diving over the bars. the passenger pegs mounted on the rear bolt of the footboards had her reaching forward, pushing me over the tank more. I put the solo back on and ride two up on the new FLHRP (twinkie) Things have changed as far as arse fitment in the last 35 or so years!

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:19 pm

Fourthgear

Great photo, nothing describes it better than a picture. I hope you don't mind if I linked it to this thread.

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Post by fourthgear » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:50 pm

Don't mind at all , I planed on posting it . The seat is a 65,with the late mod. spring set up (65 & up , I think), I put longer springs on to try to keep the seat skirt off the fender until some of our more seasoned members enlightened me on putting a old valve spring on the pogo to help keep it off. I plan on putting the 58 type on to make it look some what right , just not sure how and if they will work better than the system on there now.
The wife has plenty of room and its like floating over bad bumps.The photo is from a camera phone and it is kinda fish eyed. I have the correct luggage rack on there now , use it alot.

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