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post #1 of 11 Old 01-18-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle sore?

I broke my back playing football in HS. Then I compressed three vertebrae a few years later. Suffice to say, my lower back is not a happy place. I've been considering replacing the seat on the KLR. Basically, I'm soliciting opinions on two things.

1) My lower back and sciatic nerve bother me pretty much constantly. Will a new seat help with that, or just monkey butt. If it helps my back, I can see spending three large. If it doesn't, I'll stick with my Walmart ATV.

2) The Russell Day Long's are dope, but I'm a little against the wings and the fact that I have to send my seat away. I'd rather burn money than give it to Corbin. I'm thinking Sargent.

Thoughts? Opinions? Donations?

Mrs. Lockjaw told me that if I sold my stock fender (done...within 24 hours) and her super nice leather jacket that I bought her RIGHT FREAKING BEFORE WE FOUND OUT ABOUT LITTLE LOCKJAW (never been worn), then we can talk seats. In the meantime, I'm just gathering info.




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post #2 of 11 Old 01-18-2010, 06:12 PM
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Sargent's are a nice seat. Quality is much better than Corbin (spit), and much more comfortable than stock..

In reality, I wish we lived closer together and I'd be more than happy to toss my Russell on your bike.. Yeah, they're ugly.. But as others I know have also found, comfort on a bike is what makes the difference between going for a ride, and enjoying every ride.
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I don't think any seat is going to relieve your back problems. I have a KLR with an aftermarket seat and an ST1300 also with an aftermarket seat. I also have back issues. When my back is hurting I can ride the ST with no problems, it actually helps relieve the pain. It's like one of those ergonamic office chairs. The riding position on the ST eliminates pressure on the back and also eliminates any backward curvature of the spine. With the KLR your feet are forward and you sit upright putting more weight on your spine causing it to curve backwards compressing the discs.
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I know I'm comparing apples to oranges but....When i first got the KLR and after riding for a while my shoulders would start acting up. I put on 2" bar risers only to get the handlebars within reach while standing but as an unexpected plus my shoulder problems while riding went away. Good ergonomics I guess?

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Yeah, I wish so too Paper...I'd like to try out your seat and buy you a beer. The cost isn't that much different...and hell, looks aren't that important to me...it's more the issue of having to be seatless for a little while, but it might be worth it.

Sailor, thanks for the thoughts man. About the only thing I've found that helps is wearing a lumbar support belt for long rides. That and advil to the dome. You're right, I don't know if the seat would fix the problem...which brings me to....

Flash, I was intrigued when you posted the risers the other day...I have some thinking to do.




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My big issue with the stock seat is the angle it rises to the rear. It puts undo pressure on the sciatic area. My butt and legs would go numb in 30 minutes and after 45 minutes I would be lucky to hold the bike up coming to a stop. Most aftermarket seats are level front to rear and a little wider which helps greatly. I know you guys don't like Corbin but I have one and it made a world of difference in how long I can stay in the saddle. TPI also has an aftermarket seat that isn't too pricey.
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AAAAHHHHH! Does the farkling never end. SLO...that's what I'm talking about brother...that sciatic nerve kills me.

Hmmm...was dorking around...Sargent's site has the seat at 346 plus shipping. These guys are way cheaper (free shipping). Anybody ever heard of em?

http://www.bustersdirtshop.com/produ...productid=8317




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I haven't heard of them, but I know Sargent has retailers.. Check around and you might even be able to beat that price..
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Let me make a call to Sargent tomorrow. I love my corbin flat but a friend has the sargent and it is a little softer. Did you checkout TPI seats yet?

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I f you are looking to have a true custom made saddle then you should consider looking at having Rick of Rick Mayer Cycle build a custom saddle specifically for you.
You even have the option of riding in, to be present at the build. I had him build me a saddle and it turned out fantastic.
He is located just up I-5 south west of Redding Cal.

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