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post #1 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to need to do something about the seat on this 07 KLR. I've read all I could till the other side crashed. I'd like to know what works, and what does not work. What I'd really like it to hook up with someone in the Phoenix metro area to look at their Corbin seat, and set on the bike. I just can not see how that thing is going to be any better than the O.E.M. seat. I will stand corrected, I'd like to see first hand. Has anyone tried a Rick Mayer seat? If so, what is your take on it. I know they are expensive, what what isn't when it comes at the price of comfort. Next has anyone done the Alaska sheep skin on the O.E.M. seat?

I am open for suggestions, but do not want to plunk down a lot of money on something that does not work.

Please advise, thanks Bill
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 06:27 PM
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This is what I did to improve my seat.

Purchased a $15 piece of memory foam from a local discount store. (It was to be used as a pillow). This is the tempor stuff that they make those $1200 matresses out of.

Using a electric knife, I cut it down to a 1 3/4" peice that covered the stock seat foam.

I removed the seat cover by pulling the staples with a screwdriver and needle nose pliers.

I layed the memory foam right over the stock seat and recovered with a stapler and 3/8" staples.

The seat is now thicker, a bit wider and rounded instead of flat.

This worked very well for me.

Total cost was $15.00

Total time was about 1 1/2 hours.

Difficulty was easy.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 06:31 PM
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After one Travelcade Jel seat, and a sheepskin for rides over 150 miles, I'm happy..

Note.... I'm happy and I used to ride a BMW with a Russell Day Long seat that was the most comfortable motorcycle seat I've ever placed my butt upon..
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 08:21 PM
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Here is the deal on Corbin that makes it work. The seat is a full 5 Inches wider than stock in the seat area. It is also a touch wider at the tank, but most of the width comes in later. The denser foam appears to be thinner, but the squish is less than stock, so really there is little if any change in ride height.

The russell looks good too, but I'm not sure how it works if you find yourself on a rocky, rough, trail and need to slide a round a bit.

Hope this helps.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-14-2006, 10:34 PM
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I did the Alaska sheep skin on the stock seat,it helped some but not lots.I'm now using the sheep skin on a Corbin dish seat.This is lots better than stock but not as good as I had hoped.I also tried the wooden beads with the stock seat and didn't think they were very comfortable.I do like the lower seat height of the dish.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2006, 01:32 AM
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Many have done the stock seat foam change, I used carpet padding, and the bed roll foam and made the seat wider than stok. It is a lot better but there is still a lot of room for improvment.

I have heard too many that did not like the corbin, ( a lot do like it) for me to chance spending that much money on one.

I have never heard anyone say they didn't like a russell, but they are pricey. Some wouldn't use one because you don't have the manuverability for dirt riding on a russell.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-15-2006, 09:17 AM
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Ya, why waste money on a brand new seat ... just go to an uposterer who specialises in motorcycle seats and ask them to redo the padding with higher density foam and add an inch if you like. I did mine like that because I bought it off a lady who removed padding to suit her shorter stature. It only cost me $60 and I have never been uncomfortable.
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