1000 Seat too high and too soft. 650 seat a little better but still not very comfortable for long rides. Knowing I'd never use the 1000 seat again, I stripped it down to the pan and covered it with some 3/32" neoprene bonded to black Velcro cloth (had it left over from a prior life making custom tank bags).
The pan accepts any short staples nicely. The finishing touch is an Air Hawk seat pad with three 2" Velcro strips that hold to the Velcro cloth cover on the pan.
Benefits: Drops the seat height
almost 2 inches without changing bike setup (the Air Hawk only raises the seat about 1/2" if adjusted right. ) Allows
me to sit "in" the bike instead of "on" the bike. REALLY feels
more planted on the pavement, even using the OEM Trailwings. Also makes
my 30" inseam seem like "34" at the stop lights. Makes
the Air Hawk (a very comfortable long distance pad) even more effective because it adds room
front-to-back and on the sides, and it works best
on a hard surface like the seat pan. Feels better
after a couple of hundred miles than the very firm Corbin on my K100RT. Provides
a flat, hard surface where the passenger seat was for mounting a removable aux. fuel cell.
Don't try carrying a passenger unless they have a nerve dead rear end. Will be
really nasty on an Iron Butt run if the Air Hawk springs a leak and I forget the repair kit.
Link to pictures of the modified seat: http://hyperlites.com/stromseat/seatmod.html