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post #1 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is the KLR seat, in stock form, comfortable enough for a ride from Boise, Id to Las Vegas, Nv to L.A. Ca to S.F. Ca to Coos Bay, Ore and back to Boise in about 12 days. Only done a couple of day rides since I bought this 2008 650.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 08:44 PM
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You're asking us a question that you really need to ask your own butt..

I was looking for a different seat for my KLR within 20 miles of owning it.. But I have a friend who rides an identical bike with a stock seat and has no problem with it..

I now have a Russell Day Long saddle that's easily comfortable for 200+ miles without a single stop..



It all depends on your own comfort level.. If it were me, I wouldn't consider it, but my friend would do the same ride and not even think about it, with the same bike.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 09:34 PM
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Is the KLR seat, in stock form, comfortable enough for a ride from Boise, Id to Las Vegas, Nv to L.A. Ca to S.F. Ca to Coos Bay, Ore and back to Boise in about 12 days. Only done a couple of day rides since I bought this 2008 650.

Start doing longer and longer day rides back to back if you can. It'll get your butt toughened up or convince you to buy a different seat.

Also start carrying the stuff you would for your trip, that will work out any bugs with your packing and hopefully cut down on stuff.

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On my last trip I put over 300 miles a day on with my stock seat.
But I ride my bike alot and I've gotten used to it.
Every 100 miles or so just pull over and stretch your legs for 5 or 10 minutes.

Paper, your seat looks way comfortable !
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 10:39 PM
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I couldn't go more than 45 minutes at a time sitting on the stock seat. With a Corbin custom seat I've logged 2500 miles in 7 days, one of those days was a 16 hour 861 mile marathon. For some people the stock seat suites them fine. As Paper said it's something ya gotta figure out for yourself.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 11:10 PM
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man was i ever glad to say goodbye to my stocker. i got a corbin dished which i love, although it is very firm, and you gotta get your butt in shape for long rides. i just did 3800 km in 10 days with little or no riding prior but i added a lamb skin, which totally made my trip. didn't get numb bum till day 8 or so. my $.02

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At only 150-160 lbs the stocker with Wal-Mart atv seatcover was fine
for me even from Indiana to New York and back. Great day to day too.


Each butt likes its own seat type. See if you can sit on other's bikes at motorcycle shops,
group rides and such to see what fits your backside best before plunking down up to 300 bucks.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-23-2010, 11:33 PM
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I find the stock seat pretty functional, but . . . after asking around about a Corbin I seemed to get a near universal response that Corbin seats were too firm and a terrible company to deal with. However, I felt a firmer seat would suit me better for a variety of reasons. In spite of so many negative responses about Corbin, I ordered a Corbin flat seat. I loved the firmness and "cushion." The only complaint was that I slid back on acceleration. I talked with Corbin and asked to exchange it for the low rider step saddle. They were very helpful and accomadating, moreover, the tush molded saddle design solved my sliding back on acceleration. I do find the firmness of the Corbin taking some getting used to, but unlike the stock seat I can ride the Corbin for hours without the cushion ever deflating down to the seat shell of the stock seat, which is more uncomfortable for me on long rides than twice as long rides on the Corbin. I really do agree that seats and butts are quite varied and what works for one person is random to what works for 100 other folks.
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I have no problem doing 300+ mile days on the stock seat. Allow yourself some break time. What works for me is sliding to different places on the seat and putting my feet up on the rear pegs.

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-24-2010, 09:37 PM
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What 4Ever said too. By not having a bucket seat, one can shift about
to a variety of leg and posture positions to keep the juices circulating
down south. Highway pegs allow even more movement.

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