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2004-2020 XL Sportster Lariat™ Solo Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
Brand Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model Fitment: XL SPORTSTER STANDARD (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
Year Fitment: 2004-2020
Gel vs. Foam
Technical Overview (HD)
Selecting the proper Saddlemen seat should begin with the question, “How long in the saddle and riding style or preference?” Knowing the comfort a rider will need will aim them at the best type of seats for their intended use and then they can further hone their choice by looking at seats that would that complement their motorcycle and styling preference.
Saddlemen seats are a result of Integrated Design Philosophy (IDP™), which focuses on putting as much comfort into the seat as possible. IDP™ then takes styling cues from each motorcycle and incorporates them into the contours and patterns of each new seat. The result is a seat that is as comfortable as possible but also looks and fits perfectly on the motorcycle. Saddlemen’s craftsmanship and quality assures you of an enjoyable ride – regardless of the distance.
By combining the attributes of our proprietary SaddleGel and advanced Progressive Density Foam we create exceptional foundations that provide superior comfort and vehicle control. While thick seat foams are usually more comfortable, Saddlemen’s Gel-Core technology is used in every seat to produce excellent comfort regardless of its thickness. That’s why a slammed-down Saddlemen seat, such as the Profiler, rides so much more comfortably than other seats of a similar thickness. So if a thin Saddlemen seat is comfortable, imagine how plush a thick seat like a Road Sofa or an Explorer will be.
When creating a new seat, additional attention is always devoted to overcoming deficiencies that exist in the stock seat or other after market seats. Our designers use advanced engineering plus practical riding experience to forge seats that ride comfortably, look great and fit perfectly. For example, rigid plastic or resin-based seat pans with plated brackets provide superior fitment for easy, hassle-free installation. Riders will need to carefully study the attributes of each Saddlemen seat so they can learn how it can improve their riding experience. ese seat types are:
Seats for Long Distance or “Touring”
These seats are aimed at users who will lay down 500+ miles open road in a day. Large, plush double bucket seats designed to keep rider and passenger in supreme comfort during long distance riding.
Day Cruising Two-up Seats
These seats are great for cruising and day trips (200 mile tours). Still a significant improvement in comfort of the original saddle, these seats aim for balance between style and comfort making for an enjoyable journey.
Low Profile Two-up Seats
Low slung, trim stylish seats that include seating for a passenger. The lean and minimalistic approach significantly complements the motorcycle’s lines. Not as well suited for long distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for (urban) boulevard cruising.
Renegade Solo & Pillions
These Rider-only seats are also great for cruising and day trips as they provide a superb level of comfort while looking great as only a solo saddle can. Matching pillion seats are available.
Slammed Solo's (S3) Seats
Low slung, trim stylish seats for lone riders. The lean and minimalistic style complements the motorcycle’s lines. Not as well suited for long distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for casual riding (no backrest options - see Universal Detachable Pillions Pad for passenger seating).
Pro Series Seats
Saddlemen’s seat artisans occasionally partner with leading bike builders to create special edition seats. Not as well suited for long distance use as an Explorer seat, but very comfortable for urban cruising with a unique appearance.
Specialty rider-only seats that feature the ubiquitous hump at the back of the seat. While aimed at style, the seat is very comfortable for urban cruising.
The newest member of the Saddlemen® Renegade™ solo seat family; “Lariat” solo seats for Harley-Davidsons marry the rugged look of distressed saddle-brown leather with the advanced engineering of the our “Heels Down” seats that were developed to position the rider lower and forward for better control and riding confidence.
Hand cut and sewn covers of genuine, free-range cowhide create the signature look for the “Lariat” line. No two seats will be the same due to the natural, individual character of Rodeo Brown leather. And each seat will age gracefully for its rider, growing more supple and distinctive as the miles rack up.
Each saddle is low, wide and comfortable, with carefully designed contours that permit the rider to securely plant their feet when at a stop. Saddlemen’s® famous combination of progressive density foam and SaddleGel™ eases tailbone pressure and improves circulation for a smooth, comfortable ride. Mile after mile of real world testing led us to this special shape that remains comfortable after countless miles in the saddle.
Each seat is ready for riders to add optional driver’s backrests or passenger pillions (sold separately). The matching leather-covered driver’s backrest provides superb lumbar support and riding comfort, and clicks into the seat without using tools. Matching pillion pads are also available, and are easy to install and remove, and match the main seats’ sharp frame-hugging profile.
Each seat is easy-to-install with all necessary mounting hardware and instructions included.
- The Lariat solo seat is covered in genuine distressed brown leather so it is as close to having a true western horse saddle as you can get.
- Genuine cowhide is tanned and cut to produce unique leather covers – no two seats are the same.
- Each seat will break-in to be supple with a distinctive appearance, further enhancing the unique appeal of the free-range leather.
- The seat pans are engineered from Saddlemen’s® award-winning Heel’s Down Renegade solo seat family so the fit is perfect.
- Like a Heel’s Down, each Lariat seat is specially designed to position the rider lower and forward for better control and riding comfort.
- Each solo saddle is low, wide and contoured to allow the rider to securely plant feet when stopped.
- Progressive density foam and SaddleGel™ technology eases tailbone pressure for better circulation and comfort.
- Each seat contains the internal hardware to accept an optional matching driver's back rest. (sold separately)
- Covered with the same special leather as the seats, the optional driver’s backrest adds superb lumbar support with position adjustment for excellent riding comfort.
- The driver’s backrest installs in seconds without using tools.
- Optional matching Lariat covered pillion and sissybar pads available. (sold separately)
- Made in the U.S.A.