Published: October 7th 2009October 7th 2009
This is what the seat looks like installed over my stock Honda seat.
Over the last year and half my wife has complained about the little 7 ½ inch seat on the back of the Shadow. So I went out on a quest to find a replacement seat to provide her comfort and enable her to take longer rides with me and Thumper.
I checked out Mustang seats, Russell’s and even companies that would rebuild the Honda seat that came with the Shadow. All the seats I found were, in my opinion, way out of the price point I had set for the Shadow. If I had a Goldwing or a large touring bike that I planned on keeping for a life time, then yes $500 or more would be a price point that I could justify, but not for a bike that I hope to replace in a few years. So the search continued.
While I was looking thru Road Bike magazine I saw an ad for “Butty Buddy - The Thousand Mile Seat”. I thought this might be what we were looking for. I visited their website Butty Buddy
and started reading about the seat. The seat comes in two different styles, one that fits over an existing seat
or one that installs on a bare fender. What I liked is that the seat is easily removed and comes with its own caring case. That way when I am on a solo ride I can store the seat in its case.
The “Butty Buddy is 13.5 inches, which gives my wife much more seat area and a higher level of comfort and hopefully relieve her numb bun. I checked out the customer comments and there were a lot of great things said about the seat. Even better was the price. I ordered my wife’s new seat for $149.00 plus $14 shipping.
When the seat was received it was the over the fender style and not the over the seat one that I had ordered. I sent the company a quick email and within a few days I received the correct seat along with a postage paid return mailing sticker for the old other one they sent.
The seat took about 5 minutes to put together and instill on top of my stock seat. I then went into the house got my wife and away we went. The ride was short, due to a prior engagement but
Newly addes stickers
Thought I would show a few of the new stickers added to the windshild. AMA, Life is Good and the This Blue Line.
I was bound and determined to see how she liked it. We went on a little 10 mile lap around town and my wife was raving about it. She absolutely loved it. Over supper I heard her tell her girl friend how excited she was about the seat. I was relieved and happy. We got home late but I had to see how long it took to put back on once removed. In darkness of our hay barn I was able to reinstall the seat in less than 30 seconds.
Based on that one short ride I would have to say the Butty Buddy was a good buy! Hopefully we will get a longer ride in real soon.
I also had a few seconds to add some of my favorite stickers to my windshield.
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Total Miles = 10
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