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post #1 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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09 V-Strom Seat Issues------I Need Help !

If this specific topic has been raised or covered please excuse the repeat. I bought a new 09 V-Strom 1000 back in March. I traded my 06 KTM 950 for it due to all of the maintainence issues and reliability problems with the 950. First of all let me say the V-Strom will probably go down as one of the best motorcycles I have ever owned. Drop dead reliable and very easy to service.

Over the past 3-4 months, however, I can not ride it for more than a couple of hours without my hips absolutely killing me. My right hip in particular will get a catch in it and actually pop when I try to move it. The things hurts as bad as a tooth ache. I end up constantly riding and rotating my feet straight down toward the ground, up on the crash bars, on the pegs and a bunch of standing up. After a days worth of riding and especially the night after I can hardly walk and will actually hear my right hip audibly pop and hurt like crazy if I move it the wrong way.

All my life I have only had dirt oriented bikes. The 950 was the most street oriented bike I had prior to the V-Strom. The 950 though had a more dirt bike type or narrow seat. By sitting on the stock V-Strom seat it feels great on my butt and tail bone, even after a full day of riding. Its just my hips ! I've had a list of medical issues this spring and summer not related to my hips. X Rays of my hips show nothing out of the way.

Is the hip specific issue something others have encountered ? I've tried a set of Twisted Throttle highway pegs on one ride but I think these just add another position rotation that might help only a little. I would buy an aftermarked seat in a minute if I knew it would eliminate the problem. I sat on a leather V-Strom Corbin a few days ago but it actually felt much wider at the bottom forcing my legs even further apart.

Thanks for any help and advice. It really hurts bad enough to stop me from any lengthy rides.........Mark

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I have the same issue when I add an Alaska sheepskin atop my stock DL650 seat. I cannot handle it more than 30 minutes. I believe it to be the width in the front portion of the seat...like you, it just forces my legs too far apart and makes it feel like my hips are going to be pulled out of socket.

What are your measurements? Height, inseam, etc? That will probably be useful knowledge to help you out.

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I have the same issue when I add an Alaska sheepskin atop my stock DL650 seat. I cannot handle it more than 30 minutes. I believe it to be the width in the front portion of the seat...like you, it just forces my legs too far apart and makes it feel like my hips are going to be pulled out of socket.

What are your measurements? Height, inseam, etc? That will probably be useful knowledge to help you out.

That's exactly what it feels like to me as well. If that is indeed the cause, I don't know how the seat can be narrowed anymore than the stocker at the bottom. Maybe raising it up in the middle will make the transition toward wide bottom a bit more gradual. Being from a dirt bike background, having to be flat footed at a stop is not a necessity for me. I am 5'10, 185 lbs and I have a 31" inseam. Thanks for the imput LowAnd Silent......Mark

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I have a 2008 wee. Same issues with seat. Bought the suzuki gel seat(waste of money) tried wood beads, able to go a little longer between stops. I have decided to go ahead and order myself a Russell day long.

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Look over on the Group Buy forum and get in on the Russell Day Long Group Buy. Save yourself 20%.

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I have a 2008 wee. Same issues with seat. Bought the suzuki gel seat(waste of money) tried wood beads, able to go a little longer between stops. I have decided to go ahead and order myself a Russell day long.
Every butt is different, butt I'll mention that the gel seat works great for me (22k miles, including a lot of 700 mile days). It's the least expensive option, and is easy to resell if you don't like it.

The stock seat is ghastly.

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I'm on my 4th seat on my 08 wee, 1st seat stocker, then a sargent, then a Steve Gowings custom, and now my russell day long i've had for about 2 weeks and yes this is a keeper (for me) so save your money skip all the other crap and git one!

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In regards to your seat giving you problems, maybe you might want to check this guy out
http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php

There are a few threads in regard to this guy doing seat work.. here is what I guess to be a major one.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=13881

I'm also thinking about checking out these guys (just because they are 30 min away from me)
http://www.realdealcustoms.com/index.html

None the less everyone has various needs for their seat. Me personally I feel that the seat works very well for a all day ride with no issues.

I'm thinking of during the winter sending it out to have it cut down a bit and have some custom cushion/foam put into it. I like not only to stand flat footed by also knees slightly bent when on the seat.

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See a craftman seatmaker I am sure that he would be able to help.

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I have issues with the stock seat, so I bought a used Corbin. My butt loves the Corbin, but my left hip doesn't

Maybe I'll be looking at a Russell too.

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