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post #1 of 59 Old 07-18-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Terry Adcox Custom Seat Review

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.
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The seat looks pretty comfy. I'll be interested in some long term updates on how the saddle holds up. Great review.
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I have been looking at this seat for a while now and will be my next purchase...BTW the seat is now $325 + $25 S/H. Still not bad.

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I have been looking at this seat for a while now and will be my next purchase...BTW the seat is now $325 + $25 S/H. Still not bad.
That would be for the double bucket seat. Single bucket seat as shown in this thread's review is $250. Ebay photos look terrible and show a bad fitting cover with bunching and wrinkling. Photos in this thread look quite good though.

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That would be for the double bucket seat. Single bucket seat as shown in this thread's review is $250. Ebay photos look terrible and show a bad fitting cover with bunching and wrinkling. Photos in this thread look quite good though.

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Ahhhh thank you...I don't need double bucket.

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Ebay photos look terrible and show a bad fitting cover with bunching and wrinkling. Photos in this thread look quite good though.

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The cover fit isn't perfect, it does have some slight wrinkling. Considering each one is custom sewn I'm not surprised. I put another 150 miles on the seat and the thigh bolsters are beginning to break in as I suspected. It gets even more comfortable every time I sit on it.
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any opportunity to put a long day in on this seat, and how it did?
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Not yet, but I've put about 1500 miles on it so far in total and I'm still happy with it.
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My seat came in today's mail, took about three weeks, Oregon to Tennessee, both front and passenger bucket, and back to Oregon.



I went for a short ride around the valley, a favorite 55 mile loop for coffee, it was cold and damp for this time of year, only 60 degrees, nice to get some cooler riding weather.



The seat and cover look great, I really like the textured insert and H pattern on the cover.



Even just that short ride makes me confident it was money well spent. The stock seat was like straddeling a 2x8, very uncomfortable after just a half hour or so, this is wider, firmer, more supportive, and will be a great improvement. I had a Russell on our Intruder LC1500, and it is a little like that, but of course, not as big on this bike as it was on the big cruiser. I have a 300 mile ride scheduled for Saturday, so will know better then, but for now, feel pretty good about this seat.







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The cover and stitching is very well done, no wrinkles or ugly spots. He was able to make the seat an inch taller for me with no increase in price, which is an added bonus. I was going to do just the front, but decided to have both seats done, for a little extra money, for those times that my wife rides with me, I think she'll appreciate it too. I was hesitant, cause I was afraid the buckets would look huge, and out of place on this bike. They actually look OK to me. I spent about $377 total, shipping to him, seat mod, and his return shipping. I had the Suzuki gel seat on my DL1000, and that, with a sheepskin pad was fine for long days and week long trips. I tried the gel on this bike, and it just didn't make enough difference for me. The seat about killed me after 4000 miles in 10 days in July. I think I'll be a lot happier with this one. If you're looking for something different in a seat, this might be a consideration for you.








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