I got my new seat from Terry Adcox (search eBay for "Terry's Custom Seats", he doesn't have a website) yesterday and I thought I'd post some pictures and thoughts about it. When I was deciding if I wanted to order one, I couldn't find much information about his work, particularly on V-stroms. So, if you're trying to decide where to put your hard earned money like I was, read on.
I spoke with him on the phone for about 20 minutes about material and stitching options, and seat placement. He seems to know what he's doing and when I told him I wanted a stock seat height, he told me that I actually wanted an extra half inch of foam because your body position in his seat is going to bring your head down a half inch. This was exactly correct, and the seat put my head and helmet in exactly the same position as the stocker.
Here is the new seat. The similarities to the "Day-Long" saddle are obvious. Terry calls it a "bucket seat", but it provides you with a nice, wide support base with a much more abrupt transition upward to the back seat. He'll do the back seat in a similar style, for a little extra money. Ignore the polka-dot pattern on the vinyl, it's from the bubble wrap the seat was wrapped in.
Here is his seat next to the stock suzuki seat. As you can see, it's much wider where it counts. In the picture it appears the front seat area has been moved forward, but it doesn't feel that way on the bike.
The stitching is good quality, no complaints here.
The fitment to the bike is the same as the stock seat, which is not surprising because he's using the stock seat pan. You can send yours in, or he'll build one on a core for an extra $150, which is refunded when you send your seat in after you receive the new one.
The foam is a bit firmer than the stock seat, but combined with the extra surface area for sitting it's not really noticeable when riding.
I've found mine to be more comfortable than the stocker while riding, for sure. However, something you should consider when going to this style of seat is that the wider area under your thighs is going to keep you from rotating your legs vertically so if you are having height issues with the stock seat, this seat is only going to make it worse. While my relationship to the pegs/bars/windscreen is the same, I can easily flat-foot the stock seat and I'm on the balls of my feet with this one.
The other thing I've noticed is that the "wings" under your thighs are slightly up-turned, and it makes a bit of a pressure point. They have enough give that it's not bothering me, and the more I ride on it the less I notice it. Either the foam is breaking in to my ass, or vice versa. I get the feeling it's shaped like that so that when the seat breaks in they're still supportive, although I haven't confirmed that with Terry.
As far as riding endurance goes, I've done about 200 miles on it in total so far and I'm generally happy with it. It's not perfect, but I do like it much better than the stock, and better than a Corbin that I sat on. At a $250 price point, I don't expect it to be a replacement for the holy grail Russell Day-Long. I think it's about as comfortable as a through-the-mail saddle can be without having the seat bucket custom fitted to you. Although, Terry is located in TN and I'm sure he'd be willing to do that if you went by his shop.
I'll report back once I put some more miles on it to see how it's holding up.