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post #1 of 14 Old 07-29-2014, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Bought a new Saddleman Seat

https://www.denniskirk.com/saddlemen...prd/457227.sku

I bought a Saddleman Tech One-Piece Seat (see hyperlink above) a couple weeks ago. I've put a couple hundred miles on the seat thus far and I gotta say, it's about equal in comfort to the stock Suzuki saddle. Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed but, $357.98 later, I'm stuck with it. I'm hoping this seat and my butt will eventually become friends and it'll at least feel a bit more comfortable than the stock saddle it replaced. Time will tell.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-29-2014, 09:22 AM
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You're not stuck, but yeah, you are going to lose some $ selling it. My custom Fisher was also a disappointment to me but he will be taking it back once I find something else. I have read many other threads about the quest for a seat comfortable to "them"....it's difficult. Kinda like buying a $400 pair of custom boots without ever having tried them on.

As much as I dislike the cruiser seat "look" I am going with a Adcox or a Russell this time. Adcox will let me try one out when he has one & since I am less than 2 hrs away I am giving him a shot first.

We should meet up at Adcox's and swap seats for a few hrs....who knows? He is N of Chattanooga.

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You're not stuck, but yeah, you are going to lose some $ selling it. My custom Fisher was also a disappointment to me but he will be taking it back once I find something else. I have read many other threads about the quest for a seat comfortable to "them"....it's difficult. Kinda like buying a $400 pair of custom boots without ever having tried them on.

As much as I dislike the cruiser seat "look" I am going with a Adcox or a Russell this time. Adcox will let me try one out when he has one & since I am less than 2 hrs away I am giving him a shot first.

We should meet up at Adcox's and swap seats for a few hrs....who knows? He is N of Chattanooga.
+1 on Terry's seats. Since my wife likes to ride with me, I went for the double bucket style. We rode for nearly a year on the stocker, but it was just too painful. All we managed on it were some shorter rides of 200 miles or less, and by the end of each ride our backsides were "done".

After getting Terry's seat, we went on a 1-week, 2200 mile trip and typically rode 300+ mile days, with one day being 430 miles. We had NO problems with the seat at all. I used our beads on the seat for airflow (I used them on the stock seat as well), and there wasn't a single day that we were sore or didn't look forward to getting back on the saddle to get our next day going. ZERO regrets with Terry's seat.



Oh, and the "cruiser seat" thing, I was a little concerned with that too, but comfort won, and now I love the seat and actually think it looks great on the bike. Here's a close-up shot of it:

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He is N of Chattanooga.
Now you peaked my interest too. I'm headed down that way for a seven-day trip through the curves in GA/TN/NC in September. Does he have a demo seat to allow visitors to try out his seats?

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You might like a tractor bucket style seat better. The Saddlemen seat is only incrementally wider than the stocker. I've got the Adv. Track version, and once it broke in - and I got used to the weirdness of sitting on it, I became truly happy with the seat.

Give it time, needs about 1000 miles to really break in (like any good saddle does). If you still don't like it, selling a freshly broken in saddle can salvage most of your initial outlay.

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Hey Jokermtb, you notice how the channel on the new Tech seat is really not a channel now? It's four separate bulges, kinda like butt cookies :lol: instead of a drop channel. Guess that's better to keep rain water from building up.

I have the Saddlemen Adventure Tech seat, and am very happy with it. The seat was comfortable from the first mile. I love the way I can move around on it, and not be stuck in one spot forever thru the ride. It did take about 100 miles to get used to the feeling of the taller seat (1.5" higher).

Phodius, outside of the same "comfort" of the stock seat, is there anything else you don't like about it? Does it sit higher? The same as stock?

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I did notice that - it's more of a positive placement rather than a negative placement as on the Adventure Track like you (and I) own. I wonder if the 'outtie' version might feel a bit weirder (or barely noticeable) than the more conventional Adventure Track's recessed channel? Or, be slightly less effective? I do notice that when I ride in regular blue jeans, I can feel air moving under/thru the channel recess - a nice A/C feeling for the boyz on a swelterfest day.

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I was thinking the same thing about the comfort level of the Tech seat "outtie" vs. the Track or Tour seats "innie". :lol:

I have the Adventure Tour. The channel is not as deep and pronounced as the Track version. But it does the job, and very well I might add. The "Keep 'em cool boys!" seats! :mrgreen:

Here's a review with pics from ArmSC: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-dl...tour-seat.html

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Now you peaked my interest too. I'm headed down that way for a seven-day trip through the curves in GA/TN/NC in September. Does he have a demo seat to allow visitors to try out his seats?
No he does not at this time. However, if he has a DL seat finished, and you are at his place, he will let you try it out before it ships to the new owner. Terry Adcox and Nate Fisher are both really customer service oriented guys and they both do a great job to make sure their customer is happy.

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Where in TN is Terry & how can he be reached? I will be up that way in September. May have him build me a seat & do the exchange in person. Thanks!
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