The ultimate will most likely lower you a little, forward, maybe not so much.
I bought two seats:
A brand new Ultimate Midrider solo, no backrest (have a compatible backrest already) and a used Corbin Dual Touring with a single backrest.
Winner stays on the bike, and looser either returned or will be put up for sale on this site.
Installed Ultimate Midrider
yesterday, and rode to work today - 30 minutes mixed city/highway with some traffic. My ride was very short, so it is too early to tell how I feel about the seat. If I were to summarize: the below bullet-points: I wasn't expecting the Ultimate seat to be so much different from the stock seat, and I have to say I was very surprised
Can't wait to go on a longer ride.
A few things I've noticed right off the bet:
1) Seat is a few inches wider and feels beefier, more substantial that the stock seat. Didn't put it on the scale, but it is definitely heavier that the stock seat.
2) A lot more padding than stock studded seat that came with my 2008 C50 SE. Padding feels stiffer, more supportive.
3) I can't say that I'm seating inside the seat, but it definitely envelopes my tookies, and redistributes the weight very differently from stock.
4) I feel that I'm seating a little bit taller (1/2"-1"). Definitely a plus for me (6'3").
5) Ride feels completely different, more disconnected from the bike that my stock seat. Again, I've only rode for about 30 minutes
6) Seat is wider in the tank area. Cushion extends a few inches on top of the tank, and envelopes the pointy end of the tear-drop.
7) At a traffic light, when I put down my legs, there is more pressure on the inside of my thighs. Might be a bit uncomfortable for shorter riders, but again, I've only rode for 30 minutes, so too early to say.
8 ) On the highway, I felt like I'm leaned back a little, actually leaning against the backrest rather than being pushed onto it when I accelerated while on the stock seat.
9) If you rock the "solo rider mode" like I do: there is a unsightly bracket sticking out and up from the back of the seat. It can be had in chrome for extra $45 though. Bracket is covered if you buy a passenger pillion.
10) Seat does not interfere with my modded helmet lock (moved to the right bottom side under the knee - see pictures) or my Helite airbag vest tether looped around the frame in the same area.
11) The support tub is very thick, but not sure if it is thicker than the stock seat's. Haven't measured, but there are a few vent holes on the bottom, and it is substantial, maybe 1/2". Here is a quote from manufacturer:
Since 2005, our new base pans are built using a revolutionary process of injection molded fiber reinforced rigid urethane. This provides a solid, yet semi flexible support for our one piece molded memory foam cushions. Our pans are very strong and lightweight. Rubber contact pads are included on the bottom where ever the pan touches the motorcycles frame."
Pictures attached. Last picture is of the stock seat.