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post #1 of 13 Old 09-03-2017, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Stock Seat Coming Apart

Just got my bike in June and now have approx 7000 km's on it. Bike has never been dropped, off road,passenger etc on it. Stock Seat is all ripped at the right rear corner. Staples are all coming out. There is nothing that has been done to this bike for the seat to be shedding like it is. Anyone else have this problem with the stock seat?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-03-2017, 07:18 AM
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Brand new bike? I've never heard of the seats coming apart before at the staples. Possibly a defect in manufacture, I would take it back and get it fixed under warranty. I've stapled a few new covers on my seat in the past and its an easy job, but if it's still under warranty I would let them fix it.

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Brand new bike? I've never heard of the seats coming apart before at the staples. Possibly a defect in manufacture, I would take it back and get it fixed under warranty. I've stapled a few new covers on my seat in the past and its an easy job, but if it's still under warranty I would let them fix it.
Yes brand new 2017. Bought it in June. Now has just over 7000 km's. Not abused or dropped. All the staples on the right rear have come off. I will take it to the dealer and see what they say. I just asked in hear to see if this was a common problem but I guess it's not.
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Yes brand new 2017. Bought it in June. Now has just over 7000 km's. Not abused or dropped. All the staples on the right rear have come off. I will take it to the dealer and see what they say. I just asked in hear to see if this was a common problem but I guess it's not.
Not common. Let us know what the dealer does for you.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-04-2017, 08:28 AM
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Replace it with a Russel Day Long saddle. It will be $500 well spent.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-04-2017, 11:21 AM
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I'm confused by that recommendation.

First, I have no doubt that the Russell would live up to its name.

The one's that I have seen, though, have wings on the seat and a definite tractor-seat shape. I can't help but wonder how they work when off-road. How is it?

I built my own seat by making it wider and stiffer, sort of like a Corbin. It's still not comfortable for much over two hours. I have to do something.

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I'm confused by that recommendation.

First, I have no doubt that the Russell would live up to its name.

The one's that I have seen, though, have wings on the seat and a definite tractor-seat shape. I can't help but wonder how they work when off-road. How is it?

I built my own seat by making it wider and stiffer, sort of like a Corbin. It's still not comfortable for much over two hours. I have to do something.
I modified my stock seat, and added a home-made pad. I can ride for hours on it.


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post #8 of 13 Old 09-04-2017, 09:40 PM
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I think I'm going to have to go back into mine and make the foam even stiffer. That seems to be the direction to go.

Last time I used a re-bond foam which was recommended by many seat-modders. This time I think i'm going to try that exceptionally stiff stuff that they make gardener's kneeling pads out of.

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post #9 of 13 Old 09-05-2017, 02:39 PM
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Yes, I bought a 2017 at the end of July...two weeks later (600 miles) the staples came out around the rear edge (about 10/12 of them) and no passengers on the pillion. I took a bunch of photos for warrantee purposes then pulled out my staple gun (manual) and replaced the missing staples. Hasn't been an issue again at 1100 miles. I have a Seat Concepts seat being delivered today so I've moved on.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-05-2017, 10:20 PM
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Yep, not unheard of on late model Gen2's......I've seen/heard of a half dozen similar cases.

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