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post #1 of 5 Old 10-30-2016, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Review of comfort farkles

This past summer, I focused on improving comfort on my 2013 650. Im 5 11 with a 31 inseam. In my mid 60s so hip and knee joints are stiffer that they used to be. Im carrying 210 lbs. on a slender frame resulting in more weight on a skinny butt than it was designed for. All products are well made, but not all worked as well as I hoped they would. Following are the farkles, listed in order of how well they met my needs. No pictures as the web sites have better images than I would create. 4,000+ miles on all items.

1) Baldwin Motorbike Saddle (Grand Touring version) I had a Corbin on my 00 SV, a Mayer on my 05 FJR, and a Sargent on my 06 Wee. Obviously, all those seats may be better now than when I bought them. I got a Baldwin this summer and now have 5K miles on it. Far and away, the best seat yet. It has the tractor seat shape of the Terry Adcox and Russell seats, but has a much plainer look, a plus for me. I have no idea how it compares on comfort to those two, but Im very happy with it. Havent used my Airhawk or custom beaded cover since I got it. It does affect ground reach a bit as its wider than stock.

2) Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Grips My first set of heated grips. Easy install. WHY did I wait so long?

3) SW-MOTECH Barback Offset Handlebar Risers I toyed with getting the 2 Rox risers but didnt want to shell out for new brake lines. These have a 31 mm rise and a 22mm pullback and I was able to install them without changing the brake line. They have a made a surprising amount of difference in hip joint comfort. Keepers.

4) Adventure Tech Peg lowering kit Easy to install. Holds off the knee pain for a while, but for me only a while. I have scraped the pegs a few times since installing, but Ill leave them on at least until I find a highway peg solution. They are inexpensive enough that its worth a try if youre feeling cramped.

5) Barkbuster Storm Handguards Theyre designed for other purposes, but I got them for wind protection in cold weather. They dont block the cold air as much as I hoped they would but they do provide a good location for conspicuity lighting. The plastic covers are easily removed to maximize air flow in hot weather. I would not recommend these for wind protection.

'13 DL 650
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2016, 07:28 PM
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I have the same bike. I am 5' 11', 190lbs and just turning 60 yrs. old.

A couple other farkles that I have really appreciated are:

Mirror wideners make for a much more relaxing ride.
Fork Brace made the bike much more stable especially on a windy day.
Givi Airflow windshield.
Russell seat.

Very comfortable bike for all day riding. I was out for a two hour ride last week with weather just at the freezing mark. Only weak point was my hands. I have order a set of hippo hands for the hand guards.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-22-2016, 07:43 AM
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Could you post a pic of your Baldwin seat? What was the cost?

My #1 problem with most bikes are the seats. My first 20 years of riding I had 2 bikes, a Yamaha Virago 1000 and a Harley Low Rider, both had/have great seats, all day comfortable. I took seat comfort for granted until I got an SV650, DL650, and an Aprilia, all had torturous seats for me. The Russell seat on my V Strom is fantastic, it's the best comfort mod I made, and I tried a Corbin, Seargent, memory foam mod, as well as pads and the like. I'm always curious of other seats, I know the Adcox seat is pretty comfortable, don't know anything about the Baldwin.

2009 Wee Strom ABS (current)
1987 Harley FXR Low Rider Sport (current - with 206K miles)
2009 Aprilia Mana 850, 2006 SV650, 1984 Yamaha Virago 1000 (all sold)
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Wee Farkles: Russell Day Long Seat, Madstad with Moose Adventure Shield +4'', SWMotech Centerstand, 1'' up & back bar risers, Givi XS308 Tankbag, Aprilia mirrors, Framesliders, Fenda Extenda, Elka Shock.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-22-2016, 09:56 AM
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Baldwin........... Latest Seats - Baldwin Motobike Saddles

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-05-2017, 05:12 PM
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Baldwin is not currently taking new orders.
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