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No matter how much you polish a turd its still a turd and covering a turd doesn't keep it from stinking. You can get Airhawk, or the ATV cover from MaoMart ro any other number of seat covers but fundamentally the seat doesn't work for you. So putting another layer on it don't expect to go from uncomfortable to comfortable.

It gets frustrating trying to help folks when they don't want to spend money to fix the problem. Cheap fixes normally offer cheap results. I wish folks would attack issues with the attitude of what is the most cost effective way rather than what is the cheapest. If you want a comfortable seat you need to buy a comfortable seat. The good news is aftermarket seats pop up f/s frequently at nice discounts over new. The bad news is what works for one does not work for another.

For me personally the stock seat was okay for about an hour then I needed to get off and take a break. I got a Sargent seat and it was comfortable for way more than an hour. Sure I still had to stand up on the pegs once in a while but the seat was tolerable tank to tank and longs day in the saddle.


On my now R1200GS I recently bought a Saddleman Adventure seat (got a good deal on it) and while its comfortable I do not like the gel insert. I let the bike in the sun for about 45 minutes and when I came back out the get was like lava and never cooled down. It was like having a heated seat. Great in the winter but the other 3/4's of the year is a no go. So I am back to stock.
 

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I had the foam replaced and reshaped by a specialist in The Hague, NL. Recently had a loaner bike with stock seat, and I was really happy when I got my own bike back ? no gel in there, just different densities of foam and a ridge for rear support. Would go back there for my next bike without thinking twice, 90€ and 1 hour of work while I waited with several cups of coffee. Nice guy too.
 

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I did the Seat Concepts seat on my 2014 and it is way more comfortable. It's a little work doing the recover but well worth it. It was about $200 all in.

https://seatconcepts.com/collections/suzuki/2018+suz-vstrm650
I've done 2 Seat Concepts conversion on DR650 and I was amazed at how easy it was to get good results with a standard staple gun. I am certainly no upholsterer and was hesitant but I figured the worst thing I could do is screw it up and then take t to a upholstery shop to fix my mistakes. Turns out there was no need. In about a 1/2 hour soup to nuts old cover and foam off new cover and foam RTR.
 

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I had the benefit of an extra stock seat with the gel and could experience the difference. The Gel seat sucked even with the Air Hawk on top.
With due respect for personal choices I find the Air Hawk to be the answer for booty comfort. Reasonable at about $100 and a lot cheaper than the custom seats.
Others find the Bead Rider to be a perfect answer.
Some A- holes are easy to please?:surprise:
 

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Seats are another one of those highly personal choices for ergonomic fit to ride long distances comfortably. Apparently, I'm one of the 0.01% who find the stock Wee seat perfect for my butt. I bought my '09 used with a Sargent seat from the PO way back in 2010. I asked if he still had the OEM seat, which he threw in to the deal. After riding for 2-3 months on the Sargent, I figgered I'd try the stocker just for laughs....and never went back. I've ridden south to FL, west thru CO/UT to the CA border, and tens of thousands of miles on TN/NC/GA twisties without a complaint. Now that I've picked up an '18 XT, the OEM seat is just as comfy for me as the old model. I must have a rear end shaped exactly like the Japanese testers who design seats for Suzuki.

To each his own, I suppose....
 

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I had the benefit of an extra stock seat with the gel and could experience the difference. The Gel seat sucked even with the Air Hawk on top.
With due respect for personal choices I find the Air Hawk to be the answer for booty comfort. Reasonable at about $100 and a lot cheaper than the custom seats.
Others find the Bead Rider to be a perfect answer.
Some A- holes are easy to please?:surprise:
My A-hole is also pleased by the air-hawk LOL.
For two up riding I'm going to try the Sit&Fly. It's only $25ish and the people that have them seem to love them!
 

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I did my first multi day trip on my stock seat, and had an awful time by day three. I had Terry Adcox
https://www.terryscustomseats.com/
recover both rider and passenger, it made a terrific difference. We put $750 into a Russel Day Long, all leather ride in personal fit on a bike some years ago, I can't justify spending that much again, Terry's was a good compromise for us.
 

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I am also an Air Hawk fan. While I have no issue with my Strom seat, I certainly have issues with my trail bike seats on long journeys to trail heads. On those the Air hawk makes life bearable and they have the worst and most uncomfortable long distance seats of any motorcycle.
 

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Sit&Fly or generic $10 equivalent from Amazon
Gotta love it ... "inexpensive" and "cover" are here.

3 recommendations (or more) for $400+ seats.

Being told seat covers don't work.

Now - I paid $20 with shipping for a Sit-and-Fly and the ONLY thing I don't like about it is that everyone asks me "where did you get that, that is awesome!"

It dramatically changed the comfort of the bike.
It *NEVER* gets wet, it can't.
It is *NEVER* hot.

It is oddly grippy, but slippery - hard to explain, I never move when I don't want to but always can when I do want to...

I'd DEFINITELY suggest before you drop money in a high dollar saddle, you try a sit and fly. I've got 18,000 miles on mine.
 

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Gotta love it ... "inexpensive" and "cover" are here.



3 recommendations (or more) for $400+ seats.



Being told seat covers don't work.



Now - I paid $20 with shipping for a Sit-and-Fly and the ONLY thing I don't like about it is that everyone asks me "where did you get that, that is awesome!"



It dramatically changed the comfort of the bike.

It *NEVER* gets wet, it can't.

It is *NEVER* hot.



It is oddly grippy, but slippery - hard to explain, I never move when I don't want to but always can when I do want to...



I'd DEFINITELY suggest before you drop money in a high dollar saddle, you try a sit and fly. I've got 18,000 miles on mine.
Mine had close to 70k and started to fray but was still very functional when bike was totaled (RIP piglet). Yes they are slippery comparing to stock cover and too ventilated which is a good thing in summer and not so much in winter LoL. The other aspect it's about 1/2" thick and makes seat wider which could be a problem on earlier Stroms if you are short inseam.
 

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Mine had close to 70k and started to fray but was still very functional when bike was totaled (RIP piglet).
I'm not thinking about taking it off any time soon... The Klim goretex is roughing it up a bit - but it's got a LONG life ahead of it.
 

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