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post #1 of 32 Old 03-28-2014, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have an' 06 DL 1000. I love it but both seats I have grow teeth after about 40 minutes. The stocker as well as the leather Corbin. (its too tall anyway)
Has anyone had experience with the Gel Channel technology from Saddleman or the Sargent models for adv tours? I'm 5'8" 180lb 32 inseam so I dont require a taller one that's for sure. I could afford a few mm but that's it. I have no interest in a lowering link. I tried that and the bike lost the confidence instilling ride. Stock height is good. Thanks for your help
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post #2 of 32 Old 03-28-2014, 12:19 PM
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The best advice I can offer is to do a search on this forum. There are lots of threads on the topic.
I still have the stock seat. I'm hoping to meet up with a few strommers this summer and see if they'll let me sit on their Corbins or Sargeants, so I can make a decision. From what I've read, I think it'll be the Sargeant.
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Did you try lowering the front and rear equally?

Take a vacation ride to Rich O'Connor's shop near Seattle and have a custom seat made to fit you. I have one, and it's great. Rich offers free camping at his shop or an apartment (by prior reservation) for just the cost of cleaning. You'll need a reservation for the day to make the seat.
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I agree with PTRider. I live an hour from Rich's shop in Kingston so didn't have to spend the night. He takes your seat and strips it down to just the white plastic and layer by layer builds up a double density foam, with you frequently sitting on the seat as this is done. I debated with myself about doing this "ride-in" process with the Russell Day Long at Mt. Shasta Calif. That is a "day-long" ride for me from Seattle, about like you in AL to SEA, and I knew I'd be so sore I'd have rest up a couple days before I could do a seat fitting. That turned the Russell into a $1.5k project. There are acceptable $60-70 per night motels close to Kingston but I think Rich charges less for his apt, which is above the shop. Good luck. BTW, Rich will install a heating pad for extra cost that only draws 8 watts.
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I'm happy with the fit and finish of my seat from Terry Adcox but I've only had limited seat time with the winter weather. Even with limited seat time it's noticeably better than the stock seat, especially with the wife riding pillion.

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I have an' 06 DL 1000. I love it but both seats I have grow teeth after about 40 minutes. The stocker as well as the leather Corbin. (its too tall anyway)
Has anyone had experience with the Gel Channel technology from Saddleman or the Sargent models for adv tours? I'm 5'8" 180lb 32 inseam so I don't require a taller one that's for sure. I could afford a few mm but that's it. I have no interest in a lowering link. I tried that and the bike lost the confidence instilling ride. Stock height is good. Thanks for your help
I've a Saddlemen seat. It 'feels' bit higher than stock (3/4"?) than the DL650 seat (my bike). The DL1000 has a higher seat than the 650, so I imagine they'd be about the same for you. The saddlemen does feel a bit firmer, due to it's varying layers/densities of foam, but once broken in, it settles in fine.

I've been on some long, all day adventures on the Saddlemen seat, and it's fantastic - the bicycle seat style cutout feels weird at first, but keeps you from getting sore/numb down there, and provides a bit of air circulation for the boys. I don't like those tractor style seats - had one for about a year. Didn't like how those saddles keep you in one place, I like to move around from time to time, and the Saddlemen seat lets me do that. It's a great seat! LOVE IT!


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I have an' 06 DL 1000. I love it but both seats I have grow teeth after about 40 minutes. The stocker as well as the leather Corbin. (its too tall anyway)
Has anyone had experience with the Gel Channel technology from Saddleman or the Sargent models for adv tours? I'm 5'8" 180lb 32 inseam so I dont require a taller one that's for sure. I could afford a few mm but that's it. I have no interest in a lowering link. I tried that and the bike lost the confidence instilling ride. Stock height is good. Thanks for your help
I think it's important to identify in what way it's uncomfortable. Everyone's butt is different. For me a Beadrider was enough to do a Saddlesore 1000 without the seat being a factor.

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+1 on Rich's in Kingston Wa.
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Love these threads! I'm torn between a few different seats, so enjoy reading everyone's thoughts...

Just saw this one,

Suzuki v-strom

Looks pretty comfy and lowers the seat a bit....

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The Corbin seat is great if you have a Corbin butt. They're good seats, but they don't work for everybody. I'm a great fan of the Russell Daylong saddle. I've had several and can vouch for their comfort. It's a true custom seat, made to fit YOU and no one else. True, it's a "tractor-style" seat, but it works for me. Doesn't for others. They will make the seat any way you want it to be made so it will suit all your needs.

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