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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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5'7, 200lb, wich seat for my Vee

I'm thinking about replacing my seat. with minimum preload on rear suspension, and forks raised in the clamps, i'm confortable with the stock height, but can't think of anything that would be higher, or wider near the fuel tank. I'm thinking about the suzuki gel seat since the shape is similar. I've tried canadian tire gel pad, and trimed one to follow the shape of the seat, but it's doesn't do the job. It seem that the stock seat apply pressure in the good area (unlike the gel pad) but it just not confortable for more than 2hrs for me.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2010, 08:35 PM
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My thoughts....

Through my research of seats, I found that the Holeshot Corbin is the only non-custom seat that you can buy that will actually be lower than stock. The Sargent, which is what I have, is about the same height as stock but is narrower up front so that I can reach the ground a little easier. The Suzuki Gel seat will raise you up an extra inch or so and I think that it is a little wider at the front lengthening ground reach even more. I'm 5'10 with a 30in inseam and can barely flatfoot the bike with the stock. I really wanted to get a gel seat because of the value but, much like you, I couldn't go any higher. If I were you, I'd look into the Holeshot Corbin or the Sargent. Sargents typically get good reviews. A lot of guys on this board have been using them for years. Holeshot's version of the Corbin is fairly new and there has only been one review posted on it. Corbins in general seem to be a love them/hate them seat and are known for being extremely firm. I bought a Sargent after reading the rave reviews and have been pleased. I have no experience with the Corbin but would love to try one out.
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While new to the Weestrom, I have been down the seat path with some of my other bikes. Have used Corbin(2), Sargent(2), and a modified standard seat on one of my Beemers, and in the end, found the Airhawk cushion the best value for money I have spent.
And it goes on any bike

I am using it on my Wee, and so far no real dramas. It is not perfect, but I can live with it.

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Which seat for the Strom

I have owned just about every seat available for the Stroms. The Russell seat is by far the most comfortable, and the tallest, however it's on the expensive side. The Corbin is hard from the beginning to the end. To ride on a Corbin You must endure pain, or spray the seat and Your butt before each ride with a generous coating of Novocain(pain killer) in order to numb Your butt. The Suzuki gel is good for short trips causing only mild discomfort. MY favorite is the Sargent seat. two hundred miles in the Mississippi summer heat is no problem. A Generous coating of Anti Monkey butt powder on the bottom will make any ride more pleasurable.
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I have owned just about every seat available for the Stroms. The Russell seat is by far the most comfortable, and the tallest, however it's on the expensive side. The Corbin is hard from the beginning to the end. To ride on a Corbin You must endure pain, or spray the seat and Your butt before each ride with a generous coating of Novocain(pain killer) in order to numb Your butt. The Suzuki gel is good for short trips causing only mild discomfort. MY favorite is the Sargent seat. two hundred miles in the Mississippi summer heat is no problem. A Generous coating of Anti Monkey butt powder on the bottom will make any ride more pleasurable.
I think everyone is different. Corbins are firm, but that's what I need for long-haul touring. I've had three Corbin seats and for me they are the best. I've done 1,000-mile days on them and the only part of my body that wasn't huring was my butt.

If you get a Corbin, make sure it's leather (standard on most Corbins anyway), because the leather breathes and "breaks in" to your profile. Don't worry about the leather getting wet - doesn't hurt it.

Every soft seat I've tried has turned into a painful seat after several hours.
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I'm 5'9" with 29" inseam and ride with a Suzuki gel seat and and an Alaska butt pad. I am on tiptoe on the bike but the tradeoff is reasonable comfort for $225 or half of what a Russell costs. I regularly put 4-5 hours at a time in the saddle with slight but manageable soreness. The stock seat was pure hell.

I may make the jump one day to the Russell if I take an extended trip but for now I am content with the gel/BP combo.
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I did a lot of dirt bike riding, and even more snowmobile riding (long ride, comparable to streetbike). With sled, I never experienced pain while riding for many hours, and the seat are soft. I think this is what I'm looking for.

On the other hand, I seem to tolerate long ride much more easily when I ride harder and move on the bike a lot.
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