Sit right down
I guess I’m lucky. Seats on Vespas and Stellas fit me perfectly. The seat height is just right, the shape of the seat fits my tush to a T. Am I aware of my glutes on a ride to Portland or Bellingham? Nope.
Others aren’t so lucky. New Vespas in particular have rather high seats, which prevent some riders from being able to place their feet flat on the ground when stopped. Some people just use their toes, some women wear platform shoes or boots when they ride.
Corbin makes seats for modern Vespas and other scooters, and they’re an easy swap for the stock seat. But Corbin’s seats are all the same size and shape.
In Seattle, lots of riders go to Rich’s Custom Seats. Rich is the Michaelangelo, the da Vinci of motorcycle seats. You will be measured on your bike, and your stock seat will be handcrafted into a work of art that will fit you perfectly, and get your feet closer to the ground to boot.
Maryvu had her new Stella’s seat customized. It’s absolutely goregeous, and looks like it came from the factory. Click on the picture to see a photo album documenting the process.
You’ll notice that Maryvu opted for a gel insert (that’s the sheet of orange stuff that looks like Fruit Leather). I sat on the seat, and didn’t really notice much difference from a regular Stella seat (which is quite hard). But she does, and that’s what counts.