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post #1 of 17 Old 12-04-2016, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks, I am a new Vee2 owner and have been working on kitting out the new bike with various farkles. One thing on my to-do list is to get a better seat for it. The OE one is ok for a few hours, but I am used to doing consecutive 12+ hour days on my old Honda and I really don't see that happening with the Vee2 seat.

I'm drawn to the Corbin seats for their reputation and their "seat builder" customization, but one of the options is for a heater element. I often find myself riding in cooler weather but I honestly don't think having hot buns would really do much when my legs are catching the wind anyway. Not to mention I've read articles about certain male sensitivities to heated seats in cars, and given the seating position of a bike I think this effect might be more significant.

Anyone have any experience with heated bike seats? Would it be worth the extra $150 to option for it?
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I use a Alaska Sheepskin most of the year and don't feel any need for the heated seat. Do have them in my car though. Nice at times.
My seat is a Sargent.
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the first thing you have to consider is how much current does the heated seat draw
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I have the Corbin heated seat on my V2 n love it. I'd love it even without the heat because I have yet to get a sore butt from multiple trips on it. The heat really warms your core and along with heated grips it's the perfect combo. I must say it cost damn near $600 after shipping but was worth every penny.


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Corbin has a polarized reputation. I know guys I have ridden with for decades who love them. I know guys who can't understand how anybody would put one on their bike. For what it i worth they are carved to a bucket shape and use very stiff foam.

There are others out there as well. If you have Vee2 you can use the Shad heated comfort seat.

Sargent has a heated seat option for all V-Strom models. They are pretty good seats. I used one on my Wee and liked it.

Use a voltage monitor like the signal dynamics unit and heat controller (DC square wave generator) and you will be fine.

Frugal DIY types might want to try a "Symtec Single Seat Heater" and seat concepts foam & cover combination.
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Heated seats and grips are nice because they are always available for a little extra heat for a cooling body. The problem is they don't add enough body heat to do a good job in colder and/or longer rides. Heated gloves, vests, jacket and pants liners, and insoles or socks better target the places that get really cold or get warmth to the core much more effectively but have to be packed to help.

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Greywolf is right but it also depends on what your limit is. I don't ride below 30f so with good base layers and the grips n seat, I'm warm. Below 30 n I would still have the heated grips but you're going to need heated gear.


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I had heated seats on my BMW they only had two settings high and low. My wife loved them, I would try them every once in a while, but even on low they caused me to sweat, which was very uncomfortable so I would turn them off and then get cold from the moisture. Maybe if the heater was controlled with a rheostat so there is more range it would be better. For me if only high and low I would save the money, if they have a rheostat, I would probably say yes even if I only used it once in a while.
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the heated seat option in a Russell Day Long is controlled by a thermostat to a constant 110į

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