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post #1 of 52 Old 06-24-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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how many miles can your butt take on the stock klr seat?

So I was wondering how many miles can you go on the stock seat before your colan becomes part of the vinyl?

In the old days (30 years ago) It was pretty much unheard of to get a custom seat for comfort. They were made for sissy bar fit, and cool looks. I never thought of buying a seat for comfort. Even coast to coast on god awful vibrators like the Kaw 750 triple two stroke.

Now after recently completing 3000 + miles cross country, I am sure something has changed. Either they dont make em like they used to, or I am not made like I used to be.

I could only suffer about 80 miles at a time.

If you changed seats please tell us to what, and the before and after numbers

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Either they dont make em like they used to, or I am not made like I used to be.
sadly i think the latter

when younger, i remember leaving the house at first light and riding all day. now i'm only good for about 200km (125mi) but it's definitely a distraction after about 125km (78mi), even though i've added a little more cushion on my rear over the last decades. i'm on a stock seat, though would consider upgrading.... down the road.
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Hopefully someone will give you a definitive reply as I haven't really paid close enough attention to that- mi.vs pain, (possible??) but on my first ride of distance (250 mi.) I was paying more attention to other aspects, but don't remember having excessive pain. However, after putting on a Sargent aftermarket seat, and while wearing a pair of bicycle riding shorts for extra padding did a 735 mi. day ride with mounting pain after approx. 400+ mi. Other than taking more frequent stops I found that shifting positions before getting sore was necessary. Once the soreness develops it is hard to recover before the next sore spot starts.
How much prior riding? Unused muscles are susceptible to soreness and fatigue.
Don't know if this is helpful, but in my opinion most bikes are ill equipped for long distance and are in need of aftermarket if not custom seating.
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changed over to a laam seat,comfy ride but only had it on a few days and no real long distance
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post #5 of 52 Old 06-24-2013, 11:57 AM
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i am with grashopper on this one, stock seat about 400 miles is about tops, almost everyone without a custom seat uses the coleman atv seat covers which helps a bunch. i personally found an old memory foam pillow and cut it apart and stuck that under my atv seat cover for even a little more relief. most i ever did in one day was about 600 from georgia to new orleans. but you can do more than that in one day if your dumb enough or running away.

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Great reply's Thank You

Hey thanks for the input so far. I assume most of you are talking about daily miles. I was asking about "I gotta stop now before I need a hoist to get off miles"

I can go about 80 miles max before the pain overcomes the joy of riding. But on the recent 3000 mile adventure I could only put in about 350 miles a day before I started to seize up like I was low on oil, and my chain was slapping the ground. (talkin about me, not the bike).

Probably right though, I am sure the age of my frame and the excess baggage is taking the main toll.

I think what I am really wondering is if I purchase an expensive seat, will it really help?

I must weigh the cost of a custom seat against a huge supply of crispy creams. I need to understand the "pleasure" index

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Hey brother,

I had a stress fracture in my lower back. Then compressed a few vertebrae. ****ed myself up a lot playing sports and punk rock. So, yeah, I could probably do about 80ish on the stock seat before I was in agony. And my 73 Honda was WAY worse, so it's us.

Here's the deal. The seat is crap. And it's two wide at the front. There are two good solutions I know of. The Wally world cover helps and I used it for a while.

Before I went assface broke, I bought a Sargent and a GENUINE Alaskan Sheepskin Cover. It's great. The sheepskin lets you breathe. The shape of the Sargent is WAY better. For about the same price you could buy a custom seat, too.

I don't know your financial situation, but if you like riding a MC it's a lot more fun when you aren't in pain or when you don't have to be the guy feeling bad about making everyone stop while you surreptitiously stretch and try not to make old man sounds.

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80 miles is about right, though you might go a bit more by standing up every so often.

I've done 750 mile days on a stock seat, but it required 20 minute stops every hour and a half or so.

If you are handy with things, it's not too difficult to modify your stock seat for quite a bit of comfort.

Ask planalp about the Sweet Cheeks thing; I've never tried it, but I think he has. (You can do that by starting a new thread; paste the following into the post title box "HEY PLANALP! I WANT YOU TO SHOW ME YOUR SWEET CHEEKS!". That will probably get a reply...)

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80 miles is about right, though you might go a bit more by standing up every so often.

I've done 750 mile days on a stock seat, but it required 20 minute stops every hour and a half or so.

If you are handy with things, it's not too difficult to modify your stock seat for quite a bit of comfort.

Ask planalp about the sweet cheeks thing; I've never tried it, but I think he has.

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I modified my post. It's Dan's fault.

Really.

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