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Old 08-28-2011, 04:31 PM
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I have completed testing the new DL650 seat from Seat Concepts:

As we know that the density of the foam in the seat is very important in order to equalize the pressure points and reduce hot spots. I was somewhat skeptical that the foam was dense enough just by touching with my hands. The seat is wider than stock and sure seems to allow for much more movement back and forth. When sitting completely back in the seat (bucket) it certainly provides a wider seating area. I believe about 2 in. wider than the stock seat. When completely back I was able to arch my back naturally in order to relieve the pressure on the lower back. (I have L4/L5 disc deterioration) This was a big plus for me. I had a Walmart gel pad with 1in of NASA foam inside that to make the stock seat bearable... When stopping without sliding forward the height seemed to be the same as with the pad so it may be slightly higher than stock. At cruising speed sitting back completely rearward I had about a 2in bend in my arms with a slight forward position and my back slightly arched. My shirt sleeve length is 33 and from the shoulder to the center of the palm is about 24in. My inseam is 30in and I am 5ft 8in and weigh 160 lbs. undressed. I did feel I was sitting back slightly but it created no neck or shoulder pain. When in the twisties riding moderately aggressive the seat was very accommodating... I was on the front portion of the seat and the comfort was very good, without any restraint of movements. Leg out knee down... As far as the density of the seat it is excellent. I had no numbness or discomfort. On the stock seat 25 miles into the ride I would start to get uncomfortable. 200 miles and nothing but comfort. I am surprised that the seat is so good considering it is constructed on the plastic seat pan. It is hard to construct a great seat on anything except a steel pan. I will rate below on a scale of 1 -10, with 10 being the best.

Comfort - 10

Looks - 10

Quality - 10

Cost compared to all the above - Definitely a 10

I have ridden 40 years and owned over 30 motorcycles. This is the best seat for the money that I have owned. Seat Concepts just hit a Home Run in my book... 2 Thumbs Up!
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:46 PM
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Check out this thread. It has pictures. new seat option
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:15 PM
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Click on the above link to see my seat from Seat Concepts
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I don't know if it's just the picture but it looks a little wrinkled in places.
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Richard you are correct it is slightly wrinkled at the very back of the riders seating area. It is hardly noticeable in person, the pic seems to magnify it. This was the second test seat built...
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Do you know if they have any plans for a DL1000 seat? I've got the foam and cover for my DR650 sitting in my garage waiting for me to put it together, bought that after hearing nothing but good things about Seat Concepts. I'd be stoked if they offered a seat for my future bike too .
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I have one of the Seat Concepts prototypes as well. I agree with the OP. It very well may be the best motorcycle seat I have ever owned. I asked for mine to be extra firm as I have always preferred a firm seat. The foam I got is near perfect. I can put as many miles in as I want without problems. I do have one nit to pick though. I have always bought leather covered motorcycle seats before this one. I can really tell the difference, the vinyl seat is hot and makes my butt sweat. I think I have solved this issue by putting a Bead Rider over the seat. Ideally, I will eventually look into getting my Seat Concepts recovered in leather.
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Do you know if they have any plans for a DL1000 seat? I've got the foam and cover for my DR650 sitting in my garage waiting for me to put it together, bought that after hearing nothing but good things about Seat Concepts. I'd be stoked if they offered a seat for my future bike too .
The stock 650 and 1000 seats are identical other than the thickness of the padding (1000 is taller). So any seat that fits the 650 will also fit the 1000.
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I hope they hurry up and get a seat out for consumer purchase.

My stock seat has a rip and I'm ready for a new seat.
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