My Russell Day Long rebuild, and seating in general
(This Russell is for my 2018 DL650, but the thoughts and opinions I share would apply to really any DL year or model, and to most motorcycles in general. And my thoughts could assist with any 3rd party brand of seat, either rebuilt or off-the-shelf.)
Regardless of the bike, the ergonomic fit of the seat is the single biggest issue I have with any motorcycle. If the seat is on my mind, it likely means I'm not happy about it, and that ruins the ride experience for me from the discomfort I'm experiencing. I don't ride to feel pain. A motorcycle seat for the OEMs is a fashion-before-function matter; just the opposite for me. The stock DL650 seat stinks. It did on my '07, it does on my '18. It follows the lines of the bike, it is not designed for a human to ride the long haul upon it.
This is the second time I've sent an OEM seat to Russell for a rebuild. The first was my previous 2010 Yamaha FJR. Both seats, like most OEM seat are, were shaped with a side-to-side convex curve, and a front-to-back concave curve. Like a Pringles potato chip. This stock shape provides no support for the outer hips, allowing your legs to sag from the hip/pelvic bone and causing your weight to concentrate and bear on everything from your "man-bits area" to your tailbone, rather than where the weight should be bearing- spread out across the entire sitting region of your body instead of concentrated on parts of your anatomy that would rather not bear your weight. Having a wide and supportive seat also creates less weight per square inch being supported, lessening hot spots and other discomfort.
I'm providing photos of both before (OEM seat and a gray shirt) and after the rebuild (Russell seat and a maroon shirt) with me sitting on the bike. For reference, those jeans have a 34" waistline size. I'm 6" tall with a 30" inseam, and 200 pounds. Russell's ordering process takes all of this into account to get the best possible fit for you, including using photos you'll submit to them. It is plainly evident which seat is providing the most support for my body. Watch the label patch on my right rear pocket as a reference to the seat profiles.
Now, in all fairness, as you can see from the bike-only shots (posted in the next message, I hit the image limit per post), it's still winter at this moment, and I have not yet taken the new Russell out for a ride. But I am confident in what I am to expect from my second Russell Day Long, and I have no issue recommending Russell for a rebuild of your seat. You spent thousands on your bike, you've probably spent a boat load fitting it with other doo-dads, why not splurge for the ONE upgrade item that you have to utilize each and every time you get on the bike, today and for years to come. If not Russell, then somebody else's seat solution- anything is better than stock. Sure, somebody out there will say the stocker works for them, and that is terrific, but you are in the minority. The truth is, the stock seat fails in the area of ergonomics.
Now if I could just get the snow and salt remnants to be washed away so I can go enjoy some long miles on my new seat!
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
"With the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness comes responsibility, to yourself and others. With responsibility comes accountability. Without responsibility, without accountability, we cannot and will not be a free and civilized society."
-Me, Steve T.
Last edited by stevet; 03-21-2019 at 05:17 PM.
Reason: clarify thoughts...