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post #1 of 11 Old 04-09-2010, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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I need advice QUICK!!!!

I had back surgery in October of last year, I was just released by my DR. with no restrictions or limitations, yea! But here is my problem, I just got back from a 250 mile ride and I am in agony, I need to find a more comfortable seat, PLUSH, or I am going to have to sell the bike, it is that bad. I rode for 2 years prior to the surgery with no problems, I have ridden since the surgery, short distances, with no problems. But after today I just don't think I am going to be able to sit in that stock seat anymore. I have seen the Corbin, and the Sargent seats, I think I will need something more plush than those.

I have a Mustang on my Sportster and it is like sitting in a car seat, I need something similar for the KLR, any suggestions? I have scoured the web and just seem to find the same Corbins, and Sargents. I have seen somewhere in the past an almost bucket seat similar to the Mustang, but have not been able to locate it since. I am hoping this will only be temporary and within a year being closer to normal again. Sadly if I can't find something more comfortable, I may have to sell the KLR and go with something, like my wife calls, an old mans bike. Before anyone gets offended, I am an old man myself. The Goldwings look comfy, but don't do well off-road, LOL.

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I can only speak for myself but when I first got the KLR it made my neck and back ache. I thought the same as you that I needed a better seat. I got a sheepskin "buttpad" that helped my butt but not my neck and back. The more I rode I got to thinking that the KLR in stock form was not right for me ergonomically. I felt I was leaning down and into the handlebars. I got the 2" Rox risers that put the handlebars higher and adjusted them a bit more forward. Problem solved. Don't know your size but I'm 6' with a 33" inseam.

I've had a history of back problems also and am just passing along my experience. Hope you get it worked out one way or another!

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-09-2010, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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That was one of the first things that i did was to raise the handlebars. I put 1" risers and a set of ATV High Pro Taper bars. They made a huge difference, thanks for the input.

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Supposedly the Russell Day Log seat is really good. Thinking of it myself but don't have the coin.

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I had back surgery in October of last year, I was just released by my DR. with no restrictions or limitations, yea! But here is my problem, I just got back from a 250 mile ride and I am in agony, I need to find a more comfortable seat, PLUSH, or I am going to have to sell the bike, it is that bad. I rode for 2 years prior to the surgery with no problems, I have ridden since the surgery, short distances, with no problems. But after today I just don't think I am going to be able to sit in that stock seat anymore. I have seen the Corbin, and the Sargent seats, I think I will need something more plush than those.

I have a Mustang on my Sportster and it is like sitting in a car seat, I need something similar for the KLR, any suggestions? I have scoured the web and just seem to find the same Corbins, and Sargents. I have seen somewhere in the past an almost bucket seat similar to the Mustang, but have not been able to locate it since. I am hoping this will only be temporary and within a year being closer to normal again. Sadly if I can't find something more comfortable, I may have to sell the KLR and go with something, like my wife calls, an old mans bike. Before anyone gets offended, I am an old man myself. The Goldwings look comfy, but don't do well off-road, LOL.
You're more than welcome to come over and try out the Corbin on my KLR to see if it will work for you.
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I have a Sargent on my KLR and a Russell on my ST1300. The Sargent is a real improvement over the stock seat. The Russell is the king of comfort. I can ride all day with it and still sit down. I can sit longer on it than I can my Lazy Boy.

The handle bar risers will also probably help.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-10-2010, 01:25 AM
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You guys are all on the money.

I hurt too after long rides. Like Flash, I'm 6 feet and have a 34" inseam.
Rox's coming in a few hours, had EM's which helped but I wanna go forward too.
Next is the ATV gel seat cover.

In a cage, you can slide the seat forward or back, adjust the tilt steering,
and basically the adjustments are all built in. We gotta buy crap to change our
ergos. Hazards of the sport,
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I have a Corbin and will have a Spencer next week but if I were in your condition I would have Russell Day Long build you a seat to your sspecifications. Surely Russell Day Long has had a similar request. Heated seat maybe?

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You could have a seat custom made as well, might not be much more then buying one. Just a thought.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-12-2010, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input, everyone. I am thinking the Russell may be the way to go, so I'll check into it. SLO-KLR thanks for the offer, maybe the next time I get over to the house in Cambria I'll get in touch with you, couldn't hurt to try different options.

The KLR has been the most favorite of all the bikes I have owned and ridden over the past 35+ years, and it would be terribly hard to part with. So I am hoping that does not have to be the case. I am willing to exhaust all my options before that becomes a possibility.

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