Good as it Gets
My original 2007 seat just wore out after 104,000 miles of riding. A 50 mile ride to work and my rear end was sore. So I spent like 2 months reachering what everyone out there thought was the best seat. There are lots of opinions out there so finally I rolled the dice. Our 1st ride to the Pacific Coast hwy was the test. Day one my wife and I rode 1042 miles. Last year we went to Key West. My mom passed away while we were in the keys and had to get back to MN. We rode 1427 miles on the second day to get home. Could not have done this on my old wing seat.
Here the skinny, the seat is well made. I have the heated version and this blows away the OEM heated seat. I ride in very cold mornings here in MN and that matters. The driver back rest is awesome and removes so easy. Now it comes with rain covers and I drag them along and use them when I can. In my opinion, if you get caught in heavy rain and didn't find a place in time to put the covers on, not big deal. Your body covers most of the seat anyways. We have ridden through two torrential rainfalls and everything is ok. If I leave the bike parked out side with a good chance of rain. the covers are on. I think thats what they are really for.
Now for my passenger review. My wife has metal hardware in her spine and she can get fussy if the back rest isn't to her liking. Well the OEM back rest is cupped in where the center of her back rests. The Ultimate back rest is not so I put the OEM rest back on for her. I believe the average passenger will like the Ultimate back rest and with the Goldwing stiching in it is so pretty.