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post #1 of 10 Old 03-05-2005, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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My New Russell Seat! - W O W

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 $$$.


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post #2 of 10 Old 03-06-2005, 11:18 AM
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hi sv
i have a couple of questions about your new seat if you don't mind
i know that sooner or later i will need to get a better seat. hopefully sooner.
last weekend i did a 225 mile ride and ended up with a sore butt. yesterday i did 330 miles and the last 100 was a bit tough. had to keep standing up to relieve the sore spots. the stock seat has no under-the leg support so all your weight is on your butt and the seat seams way to hard for me. but then i only weigh 148 lbs. anyway did you go to russell and have him fit the seat to you or did you just order it :?: is there support for under the legs :?: i don't think i would mind if the seat were a little taller as i can flat foot the bike now at stop signs and such. i am 6' 2" and have a 32" inseam. what is your inseam if you don't mind me asking. also is it ok to ask you how much you paid for the seat. :?: could you post any pics of the seat on your bike :?: i haven't figured out how to post pics yet.
thanks for any help you can give. :lol:

Kaos :roll:
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-06-2005, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Kaos,

~Head to their web site, http://www.day-long.com/
All your questions will be answered. Price is $390 plus shipping of $22. I had to add tax as I am in California, you save there being out of state.
I too needed under thigh support. I am 6 ft, 210 lbs with a 31 inseam. I had reupholstered my seat a few times with little satisfaction. email me and I will send you pics as i don't know how to post pics on the forum.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-21-2005, 03:41 AM
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Good Choice and Congrats SV!

Russel seats are definitely the most comfy of the ready made seats. Waaaay better than Corbin. Only way to top a Russel is to go for a custom fitted saddle for an extra Ben Franklin or two...
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*Thanks Woofy,
* I feel like I was custom fitted what with having to fill out the questionaire and sending inpictures of sitting on the bike and another one with feet touching down must tell them alot. It turned out near perfect for me and I had high expectations.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-22-2005, 08:05 AM
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Just placed an order with Russell about 1 week ago. Looks like they are gettince busy since my seat will not be worked on until May 10. Hope its as comfortabel as they say because with my current seat modified and a Buttpad on, I can't do more the 30 minutes on the bike before feeling the pain.

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post #7 of 10 Old 03-22-2005, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Wingman,
you sound alot like I did... I had my seat reupholstered
4 times, added beads, and sheepskin, etc. and still could not stand sitting on it more than
about 20 mins before pain set in.. So Far I have ridden a nearly 7 hour riding day with the Russell with 2 short stops and one for a quick lunch and was comfortable the entire time. At the nearly 7 hour mark I could feel alittle pain around the edges of the seat but nothing like the deep bone pain of when it was stock.!

I am sure you will be very happy.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-22-2005, 05:50 PM
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Hey SV!

Give that seat about 1000 miles of break-in. You'll likely discover it'll get more and more comfortable.

It took a bit for my custom seat to fully settle in. Now it's like riding on air...I don't even notice it when I'm riding and after 8-19 hours, I can get off the bike and not have the slightest soreness telling me I've been "too long in the saddle". Now THAT's the best reward any seat can give its rider...
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You are right about that Woofy!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-23-2005, 10:46 AM
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SV,
Thanks for the words of encouragement, I know Russell makes a superior product. I got a notification to send my stock seat in on the 25th of April, so I guess I can handle it till then.

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