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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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The most comfortable seat for the Concours

Is unfortunately also the ugliest.

Just got done with a few mods and thought I'd share: Russell seat, risers (2"), heated grips, steble air horn, lower fork fog lights. Most converted from my former ST1300.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 01:59 PM
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Alternative seats

That seat from your ST1300 looks nice! I've just got my new Corbin one. Haven't ridden much on it yet but it feels quite hard. I do need it though as it gives me an extra couple of centimetres reach to the ground...why are these damn bikes so tall?!

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 09:36 AM
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I don't care about ugly at all.....I just rode my longest ride on this bike so far...just a liitle over 300 miles. My backside hurt so bad I could not wait to get off the bike. I'd love to have that ST seat ! I ride an ST for work and have rode over 300 miles without any seat pain at all using the stock ST seat. The stock GTR seat is just to hard in my opinion. I was going to make the windscreen my first mod, then the exhaust....but now the seat has moved up to the nuber one priority.

What seats are available out there ?

Anyone have the Russell Day Long Saddle.....I am thinking of going with them. They have ride-in appointments and are only about 4 hours from my home. Expensive, but they sound worth it.

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I don't care about ugly at all.....I just rode my longest ride on this bike so far...just a liitle over 300 miles. My backside hurt so bad I could not wait to get off the bike. I'd love to have that ST seat ! I ride an ST for work and have rode over 300 miles without any seat pain at all using the stock ST seat. The stock GTR seat is just to hard in my opinion. I was going to make the windscreen my first mod, then the exhaust....but now the seat has moved up to the nuber one priority.

What seats are available out there ?

Anyone have the Russell Day Long Saddle.....I am thinking of going with them. They have ride-in appointments and are only about 4 hours from my home. Expensive, but they sound worth it.
The seat on my Concours is the Russell Day Long. I just had them reconfigure it onto the Concours seat pan. Worked out very well.
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emvanderpol...I suspected it was a Russell after looking at the pics on their website. Is it really as good as they claim on the website ? Whats the longest ride (in miles/hours) you been in the saddle with it ?

Funny thing is the stock ST seat never bothered me at all....but this stock GTR seat is terrible after 150 - 200 miles.

I am thinking of making an appointment with Russell for a drive-in install.....their site says it takes on 4 - 6 hours to build and install. I like the idea of being there to see it created and insure I get it just how I want it.
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Just sent mine here, http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php
Getting the gel upgrade. Cost is $75
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Just sent mine here, http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php
Getting the gel upgrade. Cost is $75
Awesome seat redo, gel has instant response, soft enough that it allows you to hang off in corners, yet rebounds instantly. Feels the same at 20 miles as it does at 300 miles. Very nice upgrade
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-18-2008, 03:27 AM
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I'm planning on getting a custom seat made


http://www.richscustomseats.com/

it's about the same price as a Corbin
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-19-2008, 05:53 AM
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I had a twin Russell made and it's super-comfy.
http://www.gtr1000.com/graphics/mygt...n_Russell2.jpg
So far I have about 600 miles on it.
I also have a Russell on my GTR1000 and have over 20,000 miles on that one.
Have done a couple of 1000mile days solo and several 600 mile days 2-up with no problems beyond mild shoulder and right wrist ache.
If you can live with the looks and you find the stock saddle uncomfortable this is the way to go, especially if you are a fat-bast like me (6'4" & 340lbs).

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-21-2008, 02:36 PM
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Having done 6 x (1700klm) 1060 mile days in a row on the stock seat I can say that it gets better after approx 5000klms. In fact I have a stock seat (13,500klms) on my own and a Kawasaki gel on theirs (42,000klms) and I prefer the stock seat.

Having said that as I got selected for the 2009 IBR I will be getting mine redone by Russell as I don't want to take any chances.
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-21-2008, 10:23 PM
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Hmmmm...lemme guess...THE STOCKER?

I ride about 25,000 miles per year on loooooong road trips. I've put 10,000 on my C14. I did 1,000 this past weekend. All of it on a the stock seat. I think it rocks...for stocks....

The most so far was a trip to Big Bend last month. Did 5 days back to back at 10 to 12 hours per day. Finally on the last day (day 6) I started getting a little sore but nothing really.

BTW...I'm old...bumping 50 and have two grandkids...so it;s not like I'm a young tough rider.

You must have a very fast bike because your were hauling azz when I passed you on my Concours

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 04:23 AM
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Hey Cody & Davo, I'll bet neither of you is a fat bast like me.
The stock saddle is good for up to 200 miles.
Then butt itch begins to set in.
After 600 I REALLY don't want to get back on the bike again.
With the Russell it never even enters my mind.

Davo, congrats .... or commiserations on your entry in the IBR.
Will ya be shipping your or Kawa-Aus's bike to the USA or getting one there?

We'll all be cheering you on.
( I was gonna say rooting for ya but then remembered what rooting means in Aus )

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 09:13 PM
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I'm going in to Russells shop to have one built for my C14 . Russell tells me I will lose the All Day Comfort if I go with a Sport Saddle but my concern is the pocket and especially the wings for performance and handling reasons. There aint many straightaways where I live and I like to slide out of the saddle from time to time. Could you let me know if you find any drawback for handling purposes with the All Day Version. We spend most of the time in the "pocket" and for comfort reasons I'd really like to have the All Day Version. Maybe you can help me decide. Thanks, Jim

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When I purchased my 2013 C14 I immediately removed the seat and installed a ZX14 seat because I really liked it on my 14. I have a 2008 C14 seat still that I tried on the ZX14 years ago but took off and stored. Then I tried a Corbin, then I tired a Saddleman and I still could not get comfortable.

So last week for my last 2100 mile trip of the year I put the stock seat back on. I still get a wee bit sore after several hours but the stock one is the best I have found.

I think I will never find a seat that will allow hours upon hours of comfort. So the stock seat it is.

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Had first the stock seat, then the gell seat.

The stock seat is softer, but the biggest difference is that when your seat is when, the gell seat is instantly dry and does not humiliate your trousers (sorry, I always drive with normal jeans, or sometimes when it rains a lot or when I do > 200 km one end, or in extremer (colder) winter conditions with the heave stuff; but mostly with jeans).

It is NOT soft, but only after 200 km I have to stand up once for having the blood 'streaming' back as normal (I always have cold after half an hour on a bike, but that is normal to me and that is why I am that strong and healthy, I presume).

So I listende to Interbike.be to get the gell one, and find he was right. He knows me AND the Kawa bikes the best...

Use google/translate to translate some of my websites I sometimes refer to (http://logocom.be/moto/1400gtr)

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Russel day long seat

Ive got the russel day long & best seat ever....truely a day long seat...6-700 miles a day no problem, way better than the corbin seat i had on my fjr
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