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2004-2020 XL Sportster Explorer™ LS Seat (4.5G Tank)
Brand Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model Fitment: XL Sportster Custom (4.5G Tank)
Year Fitment: 2004-2020
Introducing the Explore-LS seat - the newest addition to our Long Distance Touring Two-Up collection. It's the trusted comfort and quality you’ve come to expect from Saddlemen that perfectly complements the classic lines of your motorcycle.
If you enjoy covering 500-plus miles of the open road in a single day, this is the right choice for you. It's specially designed to improve comfort for you and your passenger on those long rides. Available for most models, the Explorer LS offers an ideal blend of good looks and comfortable seating.
You'll feel the difference from the moment you get on. It comes standard with our proprietary Gelcore technology. Superior to foam-only seating options, Gelcore is formulated and manufactured in-house and specifically engineered to dampen, divert, and deflect energy using an exclusive mechanical process that delivers a smooth, therapeutic ride.
Our Explorer LS seat is designed and made in the USA. It features Saddlemen's lattice-stitched styling.
And we've covered it in our proprietary SaddleHyde, which is better than marine-grade and has just the right amount of stretch, creating an attractive combination of comfort, glove-soft leathery feel, and weather-resistant, no-maintenance good looks.
Expertise in chemistry and 30 years of road testing is behind the formulation of the Progressive Density Foam that surrounds the Explorer’s GELcore. Carefully composed so you feel the benefits of a supple foam that becomes more supportive as it’s compressed. Varied cell sizes and a soft outer skin protects the foam’s interior from water and other elements which enhances the seat’s durability as well as comfort.
Choose the Explorer LS and upgrade to the comfort and performance you deserve. You get show-winning good looks plus top-quality innovative features, combined with the comfort designed specifically for real riders – these are all great reasons to choose Saddlemen.
Available in a wide range of fitments, the Saddlemen Explorer LS seat is an upgrade that will enhance your motorcycle’s appearance while instantly improving the quality of your next ride.
If you want to learn more, simply call email or direct message us and one of our friendly and knowledgeable product specialists will assist you in selecting the perfect Saddlemen seat for your motorcycle.
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Product Overview (HD)
The Explorer™ LS is engineered for road warriors to ride 500+ miles of the open road in a day. It is the ultimate long-distance touring seat for Harley-Davidson cruiser models. Standard features include rider and passenger Gelcore™ Technology, a spit-cushion lumbar area designed to sit you into the Gelcore™ instead of hammocking your body onto the cover like most OEM and aftermarket seats on the market.
Upgrade options include driver’s backrest, choice of thread color, rider and passenger heated options, matching sissy bar pads and more.
Our Gelcore™ Technology (explained) is a guarded company secret that no other manufacturer can duplicate. Don't be fooled by other companies foam only, air and gel stories. Our Gelcore™ is formulated and manufactured in house
and is engineered to dampen, divert, and deflect energy through a mechanical process resulting in a smooth, therapeutic ride.
• Designed and made in the U.S.A.
• Gelcore™ Technology reduces tailbone pressure and increases circulation and comfort for both driver and passenger.
• Our tall lumbar support and wide driver saddle will support the back and legs for superior comfort, while the streamlined nose improves the rider's reach to the ground.
• The refined split-cushion design separates the seating surface from the lumbar support, reducing tailbone and back pressure from maximum long-range comfort.
• The Saddlemen Explorer LS is the perfect choice for your next trip.
• Adding to the comfort is our unique SaddleHyde™ covering. Manufactured specifically for motorcycles to have the right amount of stretch built in to make better use of the Gelcore™ underneath.
• Optional Hi/low seat heaters provide warmth, comfort, and convenience that today's riders demand.
• Colored stitching is available.
Typical Outline – Your Seat May Vary
2 Up Seat: Installation Overview (HD)
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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 assure 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 aftermarket 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. These 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 the comfort of the original saddle, these seats aim for a 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.