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post #1 of 7 Old 08-03-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Seat opinions.

When I first got my KLR I thought the seat was awesome...and it is compared to my old Yamaha XT, but it is starting to get to me. I can't seem to go for more than about 45 minutes or so without "Jim and the twins" going numb. Now, if the wife is with me I can always have her reach around to make sure they are still there, but if I'm solo, it's not cool.

I've been looking at a different seat (even if it has to have a different bike under it). I really like the KLR, but something has to change. Anyone have any suggestions for a seat?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-03-2012, 03:07 PM
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I have a Sargent with a sheepskin (a good one from Alaskan). My god, does it make a difference. The old one was brutal (I have a screwed up back).

Sometimes I go sit on my bike just because it is the most comfortable place we have to sit now.




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Course, for the same money you could get a Russell Day Long, maybe....

I REALLY like the sheepskin though...air circulation=good




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post #4 of 7 Old 08-03-2012, 03:29 PM
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I'd like to throw in a recommendation for a Seatconcepts.com seat kit. It widens up the stock seat considerably and makes it much more comfortable on long highway trips. Price is pretty decent as well, I think I paid about $160 for mine. Install is easy, you strip your stock cover and foam off of your seat pan and then use spray adhesive to attach the Seat Concepts foam to your pan. Stretch the cover over it and restaple. Piece of cake, though sometimes it takes a little work to get all the wrinkles out of the "horn"section of the seat.

Definitely the most comfortable of the seats I have tried on the KLR, and that's compared to stock, factory gel seat kit, and Corbin Dual Platform seat. Of all those the Corbin was the worst (for me personally) and I was very happy to find a buyer for it!

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-03-2012, 08:12 PM
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I have put a thousand miles or so on my Sargent seat so far, and have to say this: it's more comfortable than stock, but not by much. YMMV.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-03-2012, 08:57 PM
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Seay Mod's

I had my seat modified and added a home made pad.
It's outlined here ... http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm
Scrool down to section on seat mod's.

Leveling the rear portion of stock seat made a big difference for me.
The pad is thicker in front which has the effect of making the seat even more level and softer to sit on.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-04-2012, 08:51 AM
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I also agree with Seatconcepts.com seat kit, I have it and love it!!!!
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