Best Harley Softail Seat – Most Comfortable [Till 2022]

Softail bikes boast of stylish look and top-notch performance. However, their seat has, over the years, called for further improvement. Softail seats fail when it comes to comfort and convenience. Upgrading the seat with an aftermarket one will boost the riding experience. The article introduces the best Softail seats to make riding your Harley funnier and comfortable.

Best Overall (Softails 2018+) – Saddlemen or Mustang

Best Solo (Softails 2006-17) – Mustang 79738

Best Solo (Softails 1997-07) – Le Pera Bare Bones

Best Full (Softails 2006-17) – Mustang 76390 

Best Full (Softails 1984-06) – Mustang 75112 or Mustang 75110

Best for Softail Slim (<2017) – Mustang 76762 or Mustang 79745

Best for Heritage Softail Classic (<2017) – Mustang 79821 or Mustang 75073

Best for Harley Fatboy (<2017) – Mustang 79738 or Mustang Duke

Best for Softail Deuce – Le Pera B. Bones or Mustang 76390

Best for Softail Deluxe (<2017) – Mustang Tripper or Bare Bones

Best Budget – TCMT Pillion Full or Eagle Skull Solo or TCMT

Why Did We Choose the Above Seats for Softail Models?

Many prefer the above seats considering their comfort and performance. They include cushions that distribute a rider’s weight evenly on the surface. Since the seats have extra padding, you get enough comfort while riding on bumpy roads. Quick-release buckles are included on the seats for easier detaching.

Overall, the above seats score high when it comes to comfort. Affordable pricing and super comfort make them the ultimate choices for many people. Back support is crucial when riding, and the above seats come with features aiding them to support your back fully. Materials making up the seats are also tough and durable, making them worthy investments.

1. Saddlemen LS Step-Up 818-30-175 Seat

The Saddlemen relationship with these talented riders goes back to the Wheelie King era. Since then, the two companies have collaborated on purpose-built equipment for the rider. The Saddlemen LS Step-Up 8 18-30-175 seat is the latest example. It merges ergonomics and rider comfort to give the rider the ultimate level of bike control. It uses proprietary high impact UltraFOAM to provide the right balance of rider compliance and rigidity. Saddlemen’s lattice stitch design has been used to increase comfort. It is further equipped with SaddleHyde construction for a whisper-grain finish. And as an added bonus, the seat comes with all mounting hardware and instructions. It is designed specifically for Harley-Davidson Softail models.

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2. Mustang 75065 Tripper Fastback Seat

The new 75065 Tripper Fastback Seat is a high-quality upgrade for the passenger seating area of your Harley Softail, especially the Softail Slim. Designed for comfort and support, the Tripper Fastback features a low-cut 12″ wide driver bucket with a rising tail section. This seat features the double-helix stitch pattern, carbon fiber vinyl, and a classic streamlined profile. It seating offers reasonable comfort and support for two-up riding in back. The seat’s baseplate is designed for precision fitment.

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3. Mustang 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat

The Mustang 79738 Wide Tripper is an excellent addition to a Softail bike, adding comfort and style. The seat’s sculpted, custom-cut design offers all-day riding comfort. It doesn’t appear bulky and boasts diamond stitching and a classic brown cover. This seat will fit the Softail models from 2006 to 2017. This model features extra width for the driver’s hip area. This cut allows a rider to look cool and ride low. The stitch work on the seat is highly detailed. The seat can be purchased in Original or Diamond. The seat backrest is removable and fully adjustable. For additional comfort, a backrest is available for the driver. The seat also features a built-in cup holder. Mustang offers many different seat styles to accommodate every style of rider.

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4. Le Pera Bare Bones LX-007 Solo Seat

If you are in the market for a solo seat, the Le Pera Bare Bones Lx-007 is a great choice. The adjustable seat has an up-front style that moves the rider forward and away from the bike. The seat style is smooth and vinyl, but select styles are leather. The base plate is made from powder-coated steel and carpeted to protect the painted surfaces. This is the thinnest and lowest solo seat made by Le Pera. It’s made from carbon fiber, vinyl, or leather. Some styles have matching pillion pads, too. The seat can be easily installed on your Softail.

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Best Softail Seats – Most Comfortable Units

Best Overall (New Softails 2018+)
Saddlemen 818-30-175 LS Step-Up Seat - Black Full Diamond
Best Solo Seat (Softails 2006-17)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Best Solo Seat (Softails 1997-07)
Le Pera Bare Bones Solo Seat - Vinyl LX-007
Best Full Seat (Softails 2006-17)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76390 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Original Regal, Black
Best Full Seat (Softails 1984-06)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 75112 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Rear Tire 1984-'06, Original Regal, Black
Saddlemen 818-30-175 LS Step-Up Seat - Black Full Diamond
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Le Pera Bare Bones Solo Seat - Vinyl LX-007
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76390 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Original Regal, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 75112 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Rear Tire 1984-'06, Original Regal, Black
Best Overall (New Softails 2018+)
Saddlemen 818-30-175 LS Step-Up Seat - Black Full Diamond
Saddlemen 818-30-175 LS Step-Up Seat - Black Full Diamond
Best Solo Seat (Softails 2006-17)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Best Solo Seat (Softails 1997-07)
Le Pera Bare Bones Solo Seat - Vinyl LX-007
Le Pera Bare Bones Solo Seat - Vinyl LX-007
Best Full Seat (Softails 2006-17)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76390 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Original Regal, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76390 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Original Regal, Black
Best Full Seat (Softails 1984-06)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 75112 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Rear Tire 1984-'06, Original Regal, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 75112 Duke Extra Wide One-Piece Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Rear Tire 1984-'06, Original Regal, Black
Best Seat for Softail Slim (<2017)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76762 Wide Tripper Solo Seat for Harley-Davidson Blackline 2011-'13, Slim & Slim S 2012-'17, Diamond Stitched, Black
Best Seat for Heritage Softail Classic (<2017)
Mustang Tripper Wide Solo Seat with Backrest - Diamond Pattern for 07-15 Harley FLSTC
Most Comfortable Seat for Harley Fatboy (<2017)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76762 Wide Tripper Solo Seat for Harley-Davidson Blackline 2011-'13, Slim & Slim S 2012-'17, Diamond Stitched, Black
Mustang Tripper Wide Solo Seat with Backrest - Diamond Pattern for 07-15 Harley FLSTC
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Best Seat for Softail Slim (<2017)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76762 Wide Tripper Solo Seat for Harley-Davidson Blackline 2011-'13, Slim & Slim S 2012-'17, Diamond Stitched, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76762 Wide Tripper Solo Seat for Harley-Davidson Blackline 2011-'13, Slim & Slim S 2012-'17, Diamond Stitched, Black
Best Seat for Heritage Softail Classic (<2017)
Mustang Tripper Wide Solo Seat with Backrest - Diamond Pattern for 07-15 Harley FLSTC
Mustang Tripper Wide Solo Seat with Backrest - Diamond Pattern for 07-15 Harley FLSTC
Most Comfortable Seat for Harley Fatboy (<2017)
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79738 Wide Tripper Solo Seat with Driver Backrest for Harley-Davidson Softail Wide Tire 2006-'17 (200mm), Diamond, Black

Old Softails (<2017) vs. New Softails (2018>)

Both Softail 2017 and the new Softail 2018 models have equal trail figures and wheelbase length. Softail 2017 stands a bit lower when you load it with the seat staying at 24.5 inches. Softail 2018 is a bit higher compared to the 2017 model. The 2017 model includes one rear shock absorber located below the seat.

2018 models are powerful (yet again having cool running engines) compared to the counterpart. Their engines produce a super-sounding rumble adding to the excitement of the ride. While there is less difference between the two models, you will still get super comfort when riding on any of them.

Why is Fitment Essential for Softail Seats?

Fitment is a crucial aspect of long riding, and touring entails riding long distances. While original Softail seats are comfortable, an aftermarket seat has exceptional features and design. However, it’s useless installing an ill-fitting aftermarket seat.

Before buying any seat, always make sure it will perfectly fit your Softail. Otherwise, you will have wasted your money for nothing. No matter the features on the seat, it does not fit well; discomfort is a must.

Top Aftermarket Softail Seat Brands

In our opinion, the Mustang is the winner when it comes to comfort, performance and duration. A wider passenger seat makes the seat comfortable for long rides. Saddlemen is always close to Mustang, but in terms of Softail and Dyna, they have similar or sometimes better quality aftermarket seats. SLMOTO is also a great seat with a wider passenger seat with good shape and height. TCMT is an affordable option with great height for short riders.

Bestseller No. 1
WOWTK Rear Passenger Pillion Seat with Passenger Footpeg Kit fits for Harley Davidson Softail 2018-2022 Street Bob FXBB 18-later FXBB, FXST and '21-later FXBBS models
  • Aftermarket Black Rear Passenger Pillion Seat Cushion Grid Seat Pad with Right and Left Side Passenger Footpeg Kit fits for Harley Davidson Street Bob FXBB 2018-2020,Street Bob 114 FXBBS 2021,Softail Standard FXST 2020-2021 Models
  • Bring a passenger along for the ride. This easy-to-install detachable Passenger Pillion features a tuck and roll cover styled to match the Original Equipment solo seat
  • Cover and stitching of this Passenger Pillion complements the solo seat
  • In the box: Pillion, mounting hardware and grab strap,black footpegs mounting brackets Kit , and necessary mounting hardware
  • WOWTK wants to make sure that all products meet your expectations both before and after installation. Contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to take care of you regarding any questions you may have
Bestseller No. 2
TCMT Driver Passenger Pillion Seat Fit For Harley Heritage Classic FLHC Softail Slim FLSL Street Bob FXBB Softail Slim FLSL 2018-2022
  • Aftermarket 100% Brand New;Replace part number# 52000300
  • Material:PU+Foam+Iron+PP Plastic
  • The low design delivers a reduced seat height that is ideal for riders that want the shortest possible reach to the ground and the long and lean shape allows tall riders to move back from the hand and foot controls without sitting higher on the bike.
  • Fit For Harley '18-later FLDE, FLHC, FLHCS, FLSL, and FXBB models. Seat width 12.0" passenger pillion width 5.5".
  • Package Included: 1x Seat
SaleBestseller No. 3
Saddlemen Renegade LS Solo Seat (Standard) (Black) Compatible with 06-17 Harley FLSTC
  • Slammed solo seats are built to streamline and compliment your motorcycle while maintaining a comfortable ride.
  • Features a beautiful lattice stitch pattern.
  • Combines a GelCore™ interior and ProFoam Channel design for unparalleled comfort and style.
  • GelCore™ technology reduces direct impact forces by up to 92% and vibration transmitted to your body by up to 50%.
  • Includes all necessary mounting hardware and instructions for easy installation.
Bestseller No. 4
Genuine Leather Black Diamond SOLO Spring Seat HARLEY DAVIDSON Softail Deluxe Slim Heritage Dyna Street Fat Bob Low Rider Wide Glide Sportster XL 883 1200 Iron Low Roadster BOBBER Ref Saddle 52000276
  • Excellent Quality ( Not made In China ) Real Genuine Leather Black White Diamond Spring Seat Saddle For Specific Softail Sportster Dyna Models
  • Fits Harley Davidson Sportsters 2004-2006 & 2010-2020 ( Sorry DOES NOT FIT 2007-2009 Reason ECM is Under Seat )
  • Fits 2004-2006 and 2010-2020 XL Sportster , 2006-2017 Dyna, 2008-2017 Softail Slim FLS, S FLSS, Heritage Classic FLSTC, Deluxe FLSTN and Breakout FXS models. Installation requires separate purchase of model-specific Rigid or Spring Saddle Mounting Hardware Kit. Seat width 10.5"
  • Rigid or Spring Saddle Kit Required When Installing a Harley Solo Spring Seat/Saddle ( Seat Mount Kit Not Included ) Eagle Skull Has Sportster & Dyna Seat Spring Kits 54075 54074-10B 10 10A
SaleBestseller No. 5
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 76694 Wide Tripper Solo Seat for Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard, Road Glide, Road King & Street Glide 2008-'21, Diamond, Black
  • Solo seat is cut low and wide; Features extra width in the hip area so you can ride low, look cool and still be comfortable at the end of the day's ride
  • Features detailed stitch work in the highly durable synthetic glove-leather cover
  • Use alone or pair with the matching passenger seat for 2-up riding. Front Width- 14 inch
  • Includes (1) Wide Tripper solo seat with diamond stitching in black, (2) slotted mounting nuts, (2) black nylon shoulder washers, (2) chrome washers, and (1) mini fender bib; Suggested for installation (not included): phillips screwdriver, 5/8" deep socket or open-end wrench, and 7/16" open-end wrench
  • Fits Harley-Davidson Road King '08-'21, Street Glide '08-'21, Electra Glide '08-'21, Road Glide '08-'21
Bestseller No. 6
WOWTK Rear Passenger Seat Cushion Grid Seat Pad Fits for Harley Davidson Softail 2018-2022 Street Bob FXBB 18-later FXBB, FXST and '21-later FXBBS models
  • [Description] Black Passenger Pillion Seat fits for Harley Davidson Softail Street Bob FXBB 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
  • [Details] Bring a guest along on your solo-seat equipped Softail model
  • [Installtion] Cover and stitching of this Passenger Pillion complements the solo seat
  • [In the box] Pillion, grab strap, mounting bracket and screws
  • [Order With Confidence] WOWTK wants to make sure that all products meet your expectations both before and after installation. Contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to take care of you regarding any questions you may have
Bestseller No. 7
SLMOTO Black with Red Lattice Stitch Driver Passenger Seat Fit for Harley Dyna FXD Super Glide Street Bob Fat Bob Wide Glide Low Rider Switchback 2006-2017
  • Aftermarket 100 percent Brand New
  • Seat color: Black
  • Material:PU leather+Foam+Iron+PP Plastic
  • Fitment Fit For Harley '06-'17 FXD / FXDWG Dyna Models (including FLD '12-'16)
  • USA shipping: We have two warehouses in Rancho Cucamonga, California and Harrisburg ,Pennsylvania, United States. So we can ship your orders out as soon as possible. Items will be sent via USPS,UPS, DHL or FedEx. Delivery Time is 4-8 Business Days.
Bestseller No. 8
SLMOTO One-Piece Seat Driver Passenger Pillion Seat Fit For Harley Heritage Classic FLHC Softail Slim FLSL Street Bob FXBB Softail Slim FLSL 2018-2022 Replace part number# 52000300
  • 🆕Fit For Harley '18-later FLDE, FLHC, FLHCS, FLSL, and FXBB models. Seat width 12.0" passenger pillion width 5.5".
  • 🆕Condition: Aftermarket 100% Brand New; Superior quality and Durable
  • 🆕Replace part number# 52000300
  • 🆕The low design delivers a reduced seat height that is ideal for riders that want the shortest possible reach to the ground and the long and lean shape allows tall riders to move back from the hand and foot controls without sitting higher on the bike.
  • 🆕Offers super clean, custom style with a high-rising wall that offers excellent back support
Bestseller No. 9
Mustang Motorcycle Seats 79486 Wide Touring Recessed Passenger Seat for Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Rear Tire 2000-'15, Chrome Studded, Black, Width: 14"
  • Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
  • Proprietary controlled-density foam formula requires no “break-in period”, provides even weight distribution to eliminate pressure points or “hot spots”, and retains its shape/support in hot or cold temperatures and after years of use
  • Seat pan is constructed from 3/16” thick marine-grade fiberglass finished in high-gloss gel coat, and features vinyl edge trim for cover protection, carpeted bottoms to protect the paint, as well as vibration-isolating polyurethane bumpers
  • Hand-sewn covers are made from premium expanded vinyl that offers the appearance of leather without the required maintenance, providing durability and resistance to the elements that exceed OEM standards
  • Fits Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic '07-'15, Deluxe '05-'15 (without standard rack), Heritage Springer '00-'03, Springer Classic '05-'07
Bestseller No. 10
Motorcycle Front Driver Rear Passenger Two Up Leather Seat Cushion for Harley Sportster Iron 883 XL 1200,Black
  • Condition:100% Brand New aftermarket product.
  • Material: Synthetic leather + soft foam
  • Fitment:Fits Harley Forty-eight 2010-2016, Seventy-two 2010-2016, Sportster 1200 883 models,Please check below list to confirm.
  • Warranty:XMMT store offer 24 hours customer service and 30 days warranty. If you meet any problem about installation and items, please feel free to contact us.

Considerations – Choosing Harley Davidson Softail Seats

Fitment

Always check the fitment of the seat before buying to make sure it is compatible with your bike. Some products need you to input the bike’s year, make, and model. Once you do so, the system checks for compatibility; other seats need you to peruse over their fitment section and check your compatibility with the seat. Suppose the seats do not fit, you don’t no need to buy them. 

Double or Softail Solo Seat

Choose either a double or solo seat, depending on your needs. If you like riding solo, a solo seat will please you. The double Softail seat is for those who love the company or need to carry luggage at the back.

Material

Check for the seat’s material quality. Make sure the material includes detailed stitching for durability. To get quality material, buy from renowned brands like Mustang or SLMOTO.

Height

Most riders prefer low height since it offers extra riding space. Moreover, you get short height and can reach the ground for better foot control. Short riders must consider a shorter height, while long riders can consider the hip region height.

Comfort

Everyone tries to buy an aftermarket seat in search of comfort, especially for long-distance riders. Your Softail seat needs to be comfortable, failure to which your legs and back will keep hurting.

Shape

Choose a seat with a wider shape for comfort. Tall riders should consider a seat with lean and long shapes to easily move back from the bike.

Durability

Choose a seat with a quality synthetic leather cover since it’s the most durable. Also, make sure the seat has detailed stitching and is durable to avoid falling apart fast.

Price Range of Softail Seats

Harley Davidson bikes are always on the upper side of the cost, and the Softail is not different. However, that does not mean they are not affordable. You can find a Softail from as low as $13,599, but some cost over $20,000. Harley Softail’s price depends on the features and specifications included. For a high-end bike, expect to pay more.

Installing a Seat on Your Softail – Steps & Tips

  • Securing the bike- secure your bike and then remove the bike seat, ready to install another one.
  • Seat positioning- think of where to position the seat depending on your comfort level.
  • Measuring seat studs- measuring the seat studs helps you to get the ideal distance between spring mounts. Mark the center area between the mounts.
  • Preset the mounts and then weld them
  • Bolt the seat’s pivot to the seat; mark the location of the weld.
  • Tack the seat in place, remove the bolt head and bolt the front mount
  • Mount the seat on the pivot
  • Pick fender washers and secure the springs making sure they remain at the same level as the seat.
  • Hop on the bike to test the feel of the bike seat. Make sure the height is comfortable, and if not, make adjustments. 

Can You Fit Old Dyna Seats to New Softails or Vice Versa?

Dyna seats are compatible with newer Softail. Even though they are performers, they are not compatible with touring bikes or older Softail. Softail will only fit on Softail but not Dynas or other touring bikes. You need to check for compatibility to make sure the seat you buy will fit your bike. However, Dynas can fit into a wide glide, and so you can check that one out.

Making an Existing Softail Seat More Comfortable

Softail seats are not the most comfortable ones. To add to their comfort, you can think of getting a seat pad. Instead of going through so much trouble, the best way to make the seat comfortable is to replace it.

Concluding Remarks

Riding should be fun on your Softail. However, that will only happen if you install most comfortable Softail seat. To make your journey fun and bearable, make good use of the above seats. All the seats are renowned for comfort and convenience.

Last update on 2022-06-20  / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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