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post #1 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question gotta buy a new seat

Please do not think I am an idiot, but I need a little advise. I own a sweet 2007 WEE. My butt says I need a new saddle. What replacement seat should I go for and why. I am 66 years old, 6ft 2 and half, 220 pounds. My wife is 4 foot 10, and weighs 115. Little help please
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 11:15 AM
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There's no shortage of threads here discussing various saddles and the comparisons among them.

I swapped in the Suzuki Gel Saddle along with the Alaska Sheepskin Buttpad. I've been very pleased with the result to my butt and my knees. The additional height made a bigger improvement for my knees than I expected. The Gel Saddle is no different than stock for the passenger.

There are certainly more expensive options and perhaps better ones, but for me I've stopped looking.

Considering he's in your neck of the woods, I'd go with the Spencer mod - http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php

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If you want the best, get a Russell day-long. Not cheap, but you will never give a thought to butt discomfort again.

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I experienced the same problem with my seat as many on this site. After a couple hours a major case of numb bum...I chose the Sargent seat as a replacement. I've had it on the bike for a year now and I absoluetly love it. Butt problem solved. Just my observations and opinion...

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post #5 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 11:34 AM
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Have a Russell Day Long Saddle custom built for the both of you.

It'll save you both money and pain in the long run!

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Almost anything you do will be better than stock but........

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If you want the best, get a Russell day-long. Not cheap, but you will never give a thought to butt discomfort again.
I'll repeat myself and enumclaw....why waste time and money messing around when you and your wife can be out enjoying life!

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Check with local upholstery shops to see if any have experience making custom motorcycle seats. If so, try to drop by when they're making one for another customer and see what you think.

A mail order seat can be very good, but a correctly made custom seat is even better.

Do you want a seat so either you or the Mrs. can ride, or is she always the passenger? Of either of you ride this bike, I suggest a seat for each. A used seat off eBay is cheap enough. The Vee seat is about an inch taller, so that would be your base seat.

Russell has earned an excellent reputation. My custom seat was made by Rich's Custom Seats who also makes mail order seats. You might give them a telephone call.

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I got a Rick Mayer seat over the winter and love it. To make it a little more tempting; he's running a V-Strom special of $269 which is quite a saving over the regular $420 price.
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Like it's been said many times, don't waste your time, get a russell with a guarantee to fit you right. There is NO other seat that even comes close.

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You and I are the same size so that may mean you would have a similar result.

I've got 12,000 miles on the Suzuki Gel seat and for my money, it is the seat the bike should ship with. It is firm but not too firm and a world of difference from the stock torture device. Did I mention that I really like it?

It is inexpensive compared to what you could spend on a seat. Well worth a try, I'm sure you could quickly sell it on this board if for some reason, it wasn't for you.

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