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post #1 of 22 Old 08-20-2016, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Another seat thread.. hear me out

I bought an OEM gel seat for my Wee about 4 years ago and it's starting to show its' age. I bought it to try and find a budget friendly way to combat the crotch-tank-smoosh situation experienced with the OEM seat. The gel seat worked well for less than $150. It's firmer (which I like) and a bit taller than stock, but ultimately did not fix the man-bits-tank-dive.

So again here I am looking for a budget friendly seat that can help alleviate a sore crotch. I'm curious about what you all think about these options:

1) Alaska leather sheep skin to raise the seat a bit and provide some air flow. If so, the long hair looks great to me. I'd want to get this as a cheaper way to cover up the cracks forming on the gel seat.

2) Seat Concepts conversion of my stock pan. Would it be worth it to get this when I already have the gel seat? I've ready many reviews on the conversion and for the price it seems hard to beat. I'm mostly asking if just getting the Alaska Leather cover will do something similar before I drop $200 on the Seat Concepts package.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-20-2016, 09:06 PM
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Alaska helps with an already "good seat", but it is a band-aid and not a very good one. Go the Seat Concepts route, not really any better alternative out there for the money. Of course quite a few high end saddles show up for sale here on occasion at a good price, I just picked a like mint Corbin up recently and could not be happier.
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I just got an Airhawk seat cover, which has gotten good reviews in all sorts of MC forums. I found lots of reviews from people who've had sheepskin and bead covers, and nearly all give the nod to the Airhawk. Haven't had a chance to try it on a very long ride yet, but my initial impression is that it simply removes all pressure points.
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I liked the Airhawk until I didn't, it works for some people for awhile, but like me they just end up getting a custom saddle sooner than later. They are quirky, also lift you higher off the seat and move around no matter how well you have them secured. The Op seemed to like the gel seat, I am sure multiple members have one they are no longer using and would let go cheap.

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Skip the try this, try that method, you will spend more money and time than its worth. Terry Adcox seats are friendly on your wallet, and it will solve your problems. On my prior bike I tried the low money route on seats, and in the end spent more than what a Adcox seat cost. Adcox seats aren't perfect, but it's as close as your going to get to a $600.00 Russell seat....IMO.

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Terry Adcox, hands down.

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OP - Love the Terry Adcox but try the Beadrider first ( see the Alaska thread here - hunt on Beadrider )


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Sounds like Terry makes a good product. I'll email him for a quote. Thanks everyone.

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Issue I have is I have to sit pert near on the tank to reach the bars and have my legs comfy. So the bucket part of that seat wont be usable currently. One inch up and back risers so far. I need the very front of my seat comfy. I need longer arms apparently the DL650 ineeds ape hanger bars!
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Issue I have is I have to sit pert near on the tank to reach the bars and have my legs comfy. So the bucket part of that seat wont be usable currently. One inch up and back risers so far. I need the very front of my seat comfy. I need longer arms apparently the DL650 ineeds ape hanger bars!
Sounds like you should try 2" up and back Rox adjustable risers. Also, Terry can build you a seat that put's you against the tank.
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