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post #1 of 29 Old 02-07-2007, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Seat upgrade options

Well this happens every time I get a new bike... I come down with a serious case of farklers disease... So the question for you Stromtroopers is about seats. Over the years different bikes have worked with different seats for me. The last couple of bikes I didn't mess around and just went for the custom made seat with Russell. I however recognize that this bike is a bit different in it's style, design, and seating position so this has me wondering what my seating options are and how you guys rate the seats you have tried on the Strom.

In my case I have a 36 inch inseam so I am looking for legroom. So higher and further back is better. I just bought a Vee so I am looking for options that will be good for long haul touring and give me more legroom if possible.

Unless someone tells me that Corbin has gone to a more forgiving saddle I just cannot do that yet again. I lose count how many seats and painful miles I have ridden trying to break in their saddles, and the saddle generally wins. So I have not put Corbin on my shopping comparision list.

So as of right now the seats I am considering and would like to hear feedback and ideas if I am overlooking something is the Suzuki Gel, Bill Mayer, and Russell Day Long. If there are other options out there please let me know and help me fill in the blanks!

Is the Gel seat a worthy option for what I am looking for? Has anyone else here bought the Gel and later ended up buying a custom seat anyway? Your thoughts and feedback would be awesome.

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post #2 of 29 Old 02-07-2007, 01:14 AM
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Lower the pegs.

I put a slightly taller VStrom 1000 seat on my Wee and installed these>>>
Next I'm getting a sheepskin seat pad.


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Ihave a Russell on my FJR1300. I ride LD and ride some really long days. But on my K7 Wee I chose to go to Bill Mayer on two counts. First to keep a more stylish look to the Wee than what a Russell looks like and second quite a few LD riders on the FJR have Bill Mayer seats and love them. some have even changed from Russell Day Long seats to the Bill Mayer. I have only 100 or so miles on the new Bill Mayer seat but it is definately going to feel good after break in. I like the look and the seating position. My arse could tell in the first 20 miles that the stock seat wasn't going to cut it. A big shout out to Bill Mayer Saddles for a fine product. One week turn around for a mail in.
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The Suzuki gel works fantastic for me...a HUGE improvement over stock!!! The price is right too.

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Have the Zook gel seat on the Wee and is a great seat compared to the original stocker. Slightly wider and you can sit a bit further to the rear. The gel is harder and doesn't compress like the stocker so you get a little height thrown in for good measure. The added height allows for a touch more leg room too. That said, I will be installing highway pegs just for a real stretch when needed.

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I wouldn't overlook the Sargent seat, while you are comparing. They make amazing seats - if and when I get one it'll be a Sargent.

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I can't throw any rocks at the Zuk gel seat; it's much more comfortable than stock and priced reasonably. My problem with it is the fact that it acts like a heat sink--when I owned one I absolutely couldn't park the bike outside in warm weather without covering the seat. In the Texas summer I could just about fry an egg on the seat if it had been in the sun for as little as 10 minutes!
Having tried every OEM seat, the gel seat, Corbin and Sargent my favorite (by a wide margin) is the Sargent:
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I wouldn't overlook the Sargent seat, while you are comparing. They make amazing seats - if and when I get one it'll be a Sargent.
I've been looking at Sargent. I put one on my FZ1 and it's a quality item. This place has the best price I've found. Here is their response to my inquiry on the Vstrom seat:


We are able to get the seat. We can order it directly from Sargent and still give you a better deal than Sargent would. For the black welt we will sell it to you for $345.00 with free shipping for the silver welt we would have to charge an additional $20. Ordering from Sargent usually takes about 7-10 days for us to get the seat before we can ship it to the customer. If however you can wait till an estimated date of February 27th our other distributor will also be caring that Sargent seat and we get better discounts through them so we could sell you the black welt for $322.95 with free shipping but the silver welt would still be $20 more. If you wait until February to order please have this part number 0810-0446. If you would like to order a seat please call our toll free number and a customer service agent would be able to get the order placed for you. Please let us know if we can be of anymore assistance to you. Thanks for your interest.


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post #9 of 29 Old 02-08-2007, 10:43 PM
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personally I went for the tallest seat I could find which would be the OEM tall seat, about 2'" taller than stock on a wee. It also doesn't have any jell which I've found to be an advantage when it gets warm. You might also play with the foam if your handy or have a shop do it for you. Getting rid of the dip in the stocker is wondeful if you've got the inseam for it and usually can be done for less than the cost of a new seat.
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Corbin can make a "Dual Sport" style seat. Talk about leg room. This is what I plan on putting on my future bike.
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