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02-03-2010 12:50 PM
Lockjaw Yup. The mind is an interesting place. And it makes vendors very happy.

When I think about everything I've done to my bike and everything that was actually NECESSARY, I pray to god that my wife doesn't start reading the forum.



02-03-2010 12:41 PM
Paper
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Perception drives reality.
You woudn't believe the sounds I heard until I got my Dohickey replaced..

And, of course it wasn't broken, but I'd pay that $40 again in a heartbeat just to eliminate the thoughts of breakdown.
02-03-2010 12:35 PM
Lockjaw
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I think LJ's decision to go to a Sargent seat was fantastic!! That seat will outlast the bike, and it'll allow him to ride in comfort and think about riding, rather than think about how his butt hurts (and his back, too).

To me, that's an important part of riding..
Thanks man. AND I think you make an excellent point. A lot of it is psychological. Placebo effect. Do the research and get the seat that makes sense...it will be a huge improvement over the stocker, but the fact that you think it is a big improvement over the stock shouldn't be discounted. For instance. The thermo bob. I got one. I think it's a good idea. I also think I would be OK without it, but after I read about it enough times, I couldn't stop looking at the temp gauge sitting way down at the bottom. Perception drives reality. I know my back won't hurt now. When I eventually get the tbob on, hopefully this weekend, I will spend a lot less time looking at the temp gauge and focus on just enjoying my ride.



02-03-2010 12:12 PM
Paper
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ALL Corbin seats have one free adjustment though most riders do not take advantage of that.
That's not always been the case.. I had a Corbin seat on a BMW that sucked AND the piping was falling out, all within the first 2 months of ownership, and Corbin told me they would fix it for $125..

Over the years, 90% of the people that are happy with Corbin are people who have access to a Corbin location. Face to face customer service is pretty good.. Mail order customer service sucked snot, at least my dealings, and numerous other BMW riders I know who've had Corbin products..

I have an old Corbin Dual Touring seat that I toss on my R80 when I'm riding 2-up. (once a year) I got it cheap and it's in pretty good condition for it's age.. The rest of the time I use the stock BMW seat.. The only reason I have this seat is because it was cheap, and I know I could sell it to any Monoshock BMW Airhead owner tomorrow for what I have in it (or maybe a little more)
02-03-2010 11:46 AM
tomatocity What I notice is the riders that complain about aftermarket seats usually are fooling themselves. Silk purse out of a sows ear syndrome.
If you tell the manufacturer how you ride they should be able to make it work for you. The Sargents I have seen and set on were very nice. I sat on a Corbin and a Sargent on DL650's that were side by side. The Sargent was more comfortable but slammed my goods into the tank. The Corbin was more firm but set well. Corbin has changed their foam since that seat was made ans Sargent could make the adjustment if the rider would have told them.
I am taking my Corbin seat to have the foam changed. Sending my stock seat to Spencers for their upgrade. While I am in Florida I plan to stop by and see Spencer, Sargent and Corbin. I think the Florida Corbin shop is only sales. ALL Corbin seats have one free adjustment though most riders do not take advantage of that.
02-03-2010 06:35 AM
Paper I only know a few people who've gone with the Sargent seat, and the only people who it didn't work for WERE Iron Butt people. For a 12 hour day in the saddle, it's not quite the ticket, but for the other 99% of us, the Sargent seat's a perfect option.

I was very happy with my Travelcade Jel seat from Dual-Star, except the fact that it wasn't waterproof. But, when the offer came up to trade someone that seat for a barely used Russell, I had to jump on it.. This is from a guy who had a sore butt 20 minutes into the first ride on the stock seat.

I think LJ's decision to go to a Sargent seat was fantastic!! That seat will outlast the bike, and it'll allow him to ride in comfort and think about riding, rather than think about how his butt hurts (and his back, too).

To me, that's an important part of riding..
02-02-2010 11:44 PM
tomatocity http://greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php

$85 plus shipping. I looked at EagleMikes and it looks very nice. I am sending my stocker to them soon. The Corbin is very heavy in comparision.
02-02-2010 11:34 PM
Lockjaw RF, the ATV cover is kind of a right of passage.

Dave, you know, I read a ton about it. Paper just about had me convinced about the Russel Day Long, but it was out of my price range. Same with the other major custom seat makers. I've pretty much only heard bad things about Corbin. Especially recently. I know some people dig them. The Sargent seemed like a nice seat for $250. I'm no iron butt, so I don't need a seat that is comfortable for 8 hours. 5 is cool with me. The Sargent was cheap (relatively); I didn't have to send my seat to anyone. I liked the design. I read a bunch of glowing reviews. Karen said OK. That was pretty much how it went down.

It's real nice. There are better, no doubt, but I'm stoking.



02-02-2010 10:44 PM
KLR-zin Lockjaw,
What made you choose the Sargent over the Corbin or others? I have been thinking about a new seat- but had been planning on going to the place that MarkB4 used (Renazco in Santa Rosa). Tomatocity also mentioned a seat place in Florida that modifies the stock seat. Confused with all of the choices.
02-02-2010 10:44 PM
RF_R_US Glad your enjoying that new seat, as a new KLR owner I think I'm going to go the Walmart ATV route first, kind of like a pledge in a fraternity ya' know. Anyway gotta give you a bit of grief as I guess for the $14.95 I just paid at Happy Trails for my rear brake cylinder guard, I now have the "bling" of an '08+ and saved a few thousand, eh ?
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