Someone was looking for info on the difference between the stock Vee (DL1000) and the Suzuki "Tall Touring Saddle." As I have both, I thought I'd throw this out there - and I'll say I was a little surprised myself.
The stock seat has very low mileage on it - the PO replaced it with a Corbin, and I replaced it with the TTS.
I've logged about 7000mi on the TTS, so I wonder if my big fat butt hasn't compressed it a little.
OK, some terrible photography with no prep (we're getting ready to move, forgive the lameness of this):
Stock on the left; TTS on the right.Note the cover on the TTS seems to have shifted - the seam which divides the riders and passenger's portion of the saddle looks like it's moved down into the rider's portion on the TTS. I normally have a sheepskin installed so never noticed this until today
They're both a little dusty - I was sweeping a bunch of MDF sawdust out of the garage before doing this.
Stock on the left, TTS on the right. Here again, you can see the seam looks to be in a different position on the TTS. Don't know if it's because the same cover is used on both and so doesn't fit exactly the same, if my TTS is defective, or if my cover has shifted around or compressed from usage - sorry.
Putting a stick from the center of the top of the front horn to the back center of the seat (dividing the seat in half width-wise), provides a way to compare seat height measurements.
Here's the TTS at about a 2 1/2" dish at it's maximum distance from the "plane" of the seat.
And the Stocker at 3 1/2".
A whole bunch of crap to say that, comparing my two seats, it looks like the TTS is only an inch higher.
Why that surprises me is that the difference feels like much more. A very astute observer will notice that the rubber bumpers are absent on my stock seat - removed or lost by PO, I assume. Maybe that accounts for the what feels like a lot more than an inch difference when sitting on the two seats.
The rider and pillion have equal portions of real estate each, and the pillion on the TTS seams to be the same height as the pillion on stock - all things equal, you would appear 1" taller to your pillion on the TTS vs. the stocker. AFAIK
, the DL1k seat, DL650 seat, Suzuki gel, and Suzuki TTS are all built on the same pan.
I vaguely recall reading that the TTS has a gel pad, I'm not sure. Again, I have a sheepskin cover that stays on the seat at all times.
FWIW, my butt doesn't like either seat. The TTS may last a little longer, but that's a guess, and a biased one.
My knees and hips like the TTS much better: I'm about 6'4", 32 -34" inseam (weird build, huh?) and having the extra seat-peg distance is worth it for me.
If I had time and money, I'd be replacing the TTS with a custom seat - my wife recently decided we're going to sell our house and move, tho, so that's on hold for a while.
MODS: apologies if this comparo has already been posted. Please delete or merge this into another thread if that makes sense.