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post #1 of 43 Old 06-08-2019, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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More Comfortable Seat

I just bought a 2015 V-strom 650 XT version. I am liking everything about this cycle except the seat. I looked up old reviews when this bike came out and it said the stock seat was good for long rides. I can't even make it an hour on the stock seat. I don't like the cupped portion as it only allows you to sit in one position and is too soft after riding for more than 10-15 minutes. My rear and boys are screaming hot. I am thinking I need to sit up higher and need a flatter harder seat that I can more forward and back a little better. I don't want a seat with a slope that pushes me forward or backward. More reach to the pegs would help also.

What seats are recommended to replace the stock seat.

If anybody has an aftermarket seat to sell also, please let me know.
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post #2 of 43 Old 06-08-2019, 08:08 PM
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Terry Adcox, Sargent, Corbin & about 25 more.
Boxers or Briefs kind of question here...
There have been volumes written on this. use the search feature on the control panel to find them.

This being said, I have had 3 Corbins (Holeshot was best!), 3 of Terry's (great for distance but could not get comfortable around town with them), Stock, low, hi, gel, all not workie for me. Gelpad, airhawk (Not bad overall), and now a Sargent std height 'Performance Plus' unit.
For my build & day in/out usage it has been the best compromise for me.
I will likely get Terry to do another I will use for long trips 2 up dependent on how Rhonda's surgeries turn out.
Now that I have thoroughly confused everyone...
And further now... I bought a 'Sit N Fly' cover, installed on the new Sargent, to use in the somewhat regular wet weather commute...…
This works for me!!! I recommend without reservation & the price is right.

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post #3 of 43 Old 06-08-2019, 08:59 PM
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DualDog, I put the RDL on my Vee. But I still felt kinda hot in upper summer temps. Opening the zippers on my pants helped only a tad. So I took an old beaded seat cover that was laying on my shelf that I used in a van which I sold long ago. I cut it down to a size that would cover only my seat. Attached it to the bike seat via the four corners with velcro strips. The added air flow between me and the seat is amazing!! The heat that I use to feel is now gone. And if you have any doubts about the air flow, just ride with it in place during the winter and you'll feel the difference immediately. So if I were you I would consider a beaded seat cover for more air flow. Some guys use sheepskin seat covers and get a similar effect.
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post #4 of 43 Old 06-08-2019, 10:07 PM
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I got my 04 Wee with the stock and the gel seat. The gel seat, to me, was brick. The stock seat with an Air hawk is ideal.
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post #5 of 43 Old 06-08-2019, 10:53 PM
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An Airhawk solved the problem for me (identical bike)

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post #6 of 43 Old 06-09-2019, 12:37 AM
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I really would like to find a better seat but I have a hard time dishing out as much as some of them are with out being able to see, touch and feel them first.
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post #7 of 43 Old 06-09-2019, 10:04 AM
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I've had good luck using Bead Rider Seat Covers I've used both the wooden and ceramic bead styles. The wooden covers allow extremely easy movement around the seat. The ceramic allow movement but not as freely. It's also a low cost trial.

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post #8 of 43 Old 06-09-2019, 11:58 AM
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It is always worth considering a custom seat done locally.

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post #9 of 43 Old 06-09-2019, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by NVDucati View Post
It is always worth considering a custom seat done locally.
This brings up an interesting question. I often see nice seats for sale locally off of Harley Davidsons, or even other makes, for very good prices. Has anybody on this board ever bought an aftermarket seat off of a different bike and taken it to a local upholsterer and had the cover and cushion materials adapted to your seat? This would be similar to what people do when buying from Seat Concepts. Obviously the material would need to be modified or shaped to fit your seat. I saw a Corbin off of a Harley the other day and thought to myself, "self, I wonder if I could buy this, remove the cover and padding and then have a local upholsterer do his thing". I may check with a couple of the local upholsterers and see what they say.
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post #10 of 43 Old 06-09-2019, 04:37 PM
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Here you go and you're welcome, they must REALLY work as they are very popular for V-Strom owners.
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