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post #1 of 34 Old 11-19-2007, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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upgraded seat???

Newbie to the site. I recently purchased my 1st KLR650. She's an '05 w/2,601 miles on her. I plan on riding extensively throughout back country roads and logging roads in Northern Canada. What are the better option's for upgrading the stock seat??? I'm 6'2" at 226lbs.

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post #2 of 34 Old 11-19-2007, 05:09 PM
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I have the corbin flat with 23,000 miles on it.Much better than stock.Have done a 500 and 600 mile day with no regrets.It will let you stand up and move around with no problems. I'm 6'2" @ 250lbs Wouldn't trade it for the world.

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Thanks KLRMIKE. I'll check them out.
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post #4 of 34 Old 11-19-2007, 05:54 PM
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Another option is the Travelcade Gel seat from Dual Star. Although I've never had any issues with Dual Star, some here are having some bad customer service issues with them, similar to the terrible customer service I've received from Corbin..

I will never, ever again use a Corbin product..

There's also cheap ways (ATV seat cover sold at Walmart, if you can find them) and also you can alway go the less cheap route and have Russell or some of the other aftermarket seat manufactures make you a custom seat. You'll only regret the amount you spend on a custom seat until the first time you sit on it.. Then you'll just smile and be glad you did it.. (Corbin is NOT a custom seat manufacturer)

I'm sure there'll be other suggestions. If you want to go the really cheap route, I have a few spare ATV seat covers from Walmart and can get you one to your door for $20. At that, I'm not making a dime on them, either.. I just have 3-4 extras.
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post #5 of 34 Old 11-19-2007, 06:04 PM
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+1 on the ATV seat covers. Love mine .

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post #6 of 34 Old 11-20-2007, 07:36 PM
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+2 on the Corbin flat.

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post #7 of 34 Old 11-20-2007, 09:39 PM
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I don't know what a stock seat is like but I can't see how it could be worse than the Travelcade gel that came on my bike.
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I don't know what a stock seat is like but I can't see how it could be worse than the Travelcade gel that came on my bike.


Stock is 100 X worse than the Travelcade. Now.. Which Travelcade?? The early ones had no padding between the gel and the seat cover, which I'm told makes you feel like you're sitting on a loaded diaper..

The later version (as mine is) has foam between the cover and the Gel.. I have no complaints, and I'm usually very quick to hate a bad seat. Stock seat on my bike got 20 miles before I was deciding what I was going to replace it with. I was going to go cheap (Travelcade) and if I didn't like it, I was going to go Russell. The Travelcade's still on there 3 years later, and I have no intention of changing it due to it's comfort..

We are all different, though..
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post #9 of 34 Old 11-21-2007, 01:04 AM
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Sounds like I have an older and much harder version. The new one sounds better.
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post #10 of 34 Old 11-21-2007, 07:04 AM
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With the older version, I'm told that on top of the loaded diaper feel, the gel pad hardens with age, making it feel even worse than it did when new.

I dunno if I got lucky with mine or what, but my seat's still soft (not stock soft) and the gel isn't really noticable.

I don't know when they changed the design, though..
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