DL 1000 Russell Seat Update: W O W - Viva La Difference!!
I had high expectations and they were met. On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being best - Right out of the chute with only a quick 80 miles on the seat, I rate it a 9.5. I hope to get in a much longer ride within a few days to really get a feel for it.
I sit 1 full inch taller in the seat and have to schooch forward on the seat to touch the ground when stopped, but it is no big deal. I Just have to implement a different execution movement when coming to a full stop. I got use to doing that by the time I was home.
The bonus of sitting higher is that my legs don't get bent back quite as far when resting on the pegs so that is a Great comfort bonus. I have a tall 27 in windshield and I was afraid I would be sitting too tall in the saddle for adequate protection as I was already looking over the shield but no problem here either.
I do have to get use to a new perch as I feel completely different sitting on the bike now. Kind of like the first few times I rode it getting use to the height of the bike transitioning from a 25 in Harley Dresser saddle height to the Vstrom 33 in height took some getting use to and this was no different. The saddle is now 34 inches from the ground but after a few more rides it will feel normal again.
I spent no time thinking about my butt hurting and only moved around trying to set into the pocket of the saddle while on a 50 mile freeway drone. It seems like I had 2 areas to sit in. I can freely move about when putting weight on the front end while canyon dancing. The only time I concentrated on my butt was thinking "This is different - I have never in the past 10,000 miles of riding not had pain, and here I was @ 70 mph on the freeway and not in pain thinking about my ass!
I can hardly wait till the seat is fully broken in... Well worth the $$$.