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post #1 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Russell Day Long or Terry Adcox seat on Wee and stopping?

I just received a Russel Day-long seat for my Royal Star. So far it seems very comfortable when riding but not so much when stopping. With the stock seat I have no trouble flat footing this bike at a stop. With the Russell I'm on tip toes when on the seat. If I slide forward I can put one foot down on the other on tip toes. That is how I am when stopped on the V-Strom with a normal seat. I'm worried that if I were to get a Russell for the Wee it would be very hard to handle at stops. How do you guys that have Russell seats feel about the amount of rise in the seating position?

Terry Adcox's seats have a wide area similiar to a Russell. How are his seats when stopped in terms of legroom?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 10:23 AM
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The Russell is higher than the stock seat, but after a couple of thousand miles, it settles a bit. My suspension is lowered a half inch front and rear and my boots have thick soles, allowing me to flat foot.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 10:34 AM
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From what I've read the TA seat mod doesn't raise seat height, it sounds like his design allows him to be more flexible with height, either adding or subtracting, best to consult him though. I have a Russell and it is higher than stock, I think their design makes it hard to keep the stock height. They do have a "Sport" model which I think allows them to build lower at the expense of a little comfort.

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 10:49 AM
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When you order you RDL you send them pictures of you sitting on your current seat. They use this to adjust the height of the seat you get back.

Mine was pretty close. I do have to slide forward at stops though, and left foot down (only) is normal for me. No problems flat footing one leg. I'm 5'10".
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 12:54 PM
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Looking at the photo of your seat, it appears that the "wings" are extended forward quite a bit, which could account for the perceived increase in seat height. While the seat is probably close in height to the stock seat, the wings add additional width in the thigh area, so when you put your feet down, your legs are spread out farther than they are with the stock seat. Russell stands by their product and they will adjust your seat for free if you return it to them within (I believe) 18 months of purchase. Explain the dilemma to them and they will make the appropriate adjustments to the seat.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 01:01 PM
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I has a similar problem with a Russell seat on my FJR. I removed the rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat pan and it helped out quite a lot. I am flat footed once again.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 01:16 PM
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A friend warned me that he had to send his RDL back to have it lowered, so when I ordered mine I specifically asked them not to put me any higher than the stock seat. The result has been identical standover height.

You can send it back and they'll adjust it for you. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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On this bike (the Royal Star) the height isn't a huge issue. On the V-Strom where I'm already on tip toes it would be.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-08-2014, 03:43 PM
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I had a local upholstery guy remake the seat. He cut a wedge out of the seat with the deepest cut from center. Then he replaced it with a similar piece cut from softer foam. This had the effect of spreading the weight across a wider part of the seat. It doesn't put as much weight on the tailbone now.

I also lowered my Strom to keep it from being so tippy and that keeps my feet a little flatter on the ground. I also try to stay on pavement as much as possible.
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