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Old 12-06-2011, 08:58 PM   #31
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This past season of 2011 riding I put another 7,000 km on my DR650, more importantly another 7,000 km on my Procycle/Saddlemen seat. It's softened up slightly but hasn't shifted, hasn't ripped, hasn't faded. The longest trip I did on it in a day was about 400-500 km. I couldn't have done that with the stock seat. It was a hot summer here, we experienced 40c+ days, which is an extreme heatwave considering we had a couple of -40c days in the winter.

The bike sat out at work in the parking lot for hours every day in that heat during the summer. Motorcycles and their ilk don't have to pay for parking in that particular lot so within the first month I saved the cost of the seat kit by taking my DR650 to work. My bum fried each and every day, riding after work, from the seat absorbing all the UV rays. It was a pro/con kind of thing - pro when I had flares of sciatica, the extra heat was soothing and actually helped extend my off-road riding days. When I was already hot and kranky the heat from the seat was a con. If I was smart and actually wore proper riding pants instead of thin cargo pants, I wouldn't have noticed the heat radiating from the seat as much, like when I wore jeans. Proper riding pants will be a definite purchase for 2012. Whether the gel component of the seat helps retain heat more than say a stock seat with thinner foam, I don't really know.

What I do know is that the Procycle seat has performed above and beyond my expectations; it looks and feels like it's still brand new after 7,000 kms of mostly off-roading.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:49 PM   #32
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I installed a Seat Concepts seat on my bike this month. Simple install, took about 1/2 hour to complete. Put one on SWMBO's (Write2ride) XT225 at the same time. I have about 300 miles on the new seat and it is incredible. Still easy to stand up, but the wider seat makes it so much more comfortable. My stock and gel seats both had me wanting to get off the bike within 30 minutes. I have done 3 hours nonstop on the new seat and was very comfortable. If you have any doubts, forget them and order this seat, best money I have spent on my bike so far and great people to deal with!

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Old 12-31-2011, 03:02 AM   #33
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This is the next in a series of topic-specific threads compiling information about the DR650SE. Our topic this time? The seat. What, or who, made spending a day in the saddle, at the very least, a non-issue? Maybe you tackled the project yourself. Please tell us the story.
I have the stock seat on my DR. It seems tolerable, even for 1200-mile days. My ass-cheeks have been injected with molten Adamantium, BTW, in a freakish, experimental, government project. I was also spanked frequently as a child...very, very...very frequently. 'Matter of fact, I've probably been cracked on the butt more as an adult than the average person too.



...But maybe that isn't a story for this particular thread. I understand why most people upgrade from the stocker though.

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Old 12-31-2011, 04:52 AM   #34
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The stock seat on mine was a Corbin.

Didn't stop me chopping it up and adding 5cm to the height and reprofiling it though.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:41 AM   #35
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My Corbin now has about 45000 miles on it (the bike now has over 51,000 miles on it). Still in pretty much perfect condition. Last year (that'ld still be 2010!) did 9000 plus miles, including one 13 day 5100 mile trip, this year 8000, including one 10 day 3800 mile trip. I really have no complaints about the Corbin at all. As they say, it works for me!
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:12 AM   #36
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Seat Concepts

I installed the Seat Concepts kit on my DR650. Way better than stock. I look at in terms of time vs. butt pain.

30 minutes stock = 1 hour stock + ATV seat pad = 4 hours with Seat Concepts.

I'm guessing Seat Concepts+ATV seat pad would be a ride indefinitely combo but it would be a shame to cover up such a nice looking seat.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:48 PM   #37
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #38
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I've read a few guys recommending them, but have yet to read anyone doing serious miles in them per day (800 mile days and up).

Are Fisher clients the most grammatically challenged saddle buyers, or is no-one really riding them the distances that Corbins and Seargeants get ridden?
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:03 PM   #39
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110,000km on my modded Corbin. Did fill up a few times though...
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:14 PM   #40
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As I have a 30" inseam my 2012 DR650SE was impossibly tall. I was on tip toe at every stop on the way home from the dealer's in Sierra Vista, Arizona, to my home in Bisbee.

Fortunately, one of my good friends is a dirt bike suspension specialist and he lowered the DR according to Suzuki factory procedures. This allegedly lowered the bike 1 to 1/2 inches. Still too tall, but better. The stock seat, after a 60 mile break-in ride, was clearly unfriendly to my backside. As in burning butt and constant standing on the pegs for relief, which got me stopped by a cop who thought I was "stunt riding." When I explained my dilemma he let me go sans ticket.

So I bought the factory Suzuki gel seat because it's 1" lower than the stock seat. With the factory specs lowering and the gel seat my (then new) DR became much more friendly.

One caveat: After being parked outside in the Arizona sun for an hour or two the gel seat heated up to the point where, once again, I found my self standing up on the pegs. It's a 25 mile ride through mountains to my abode in Bisbee from Sierra Vista and upon arriving the gel seat was still warm!

There had to be a fix, as the seat was relatively comfortable. The fix finally arrived from Alaska Leathers in the form of a dark gray sheepskin cover made specifically for the DR seat.

Problem solved. No more hot seat. As a bonus, the sheepskin makes the seat lots more comfortable.

At my age (84) my long-distance touring is basically over with but I still don't mind 100+ days at all. If I were younger I'd be buying some of the seats to try out that all of you have been talking about.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #41
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Fantastic to hear you're out there riding! I should live so long!

IMHO, your best bet would be to buy a set of lowering links. This will lower your bike easily another inch or two. Doing that would then allow you to use a MUCH BETTER aftermarket seat ... and still be able to Flat Foot it on your DR650. Win Win.

The Suzuki Gel seat in not known for it's comfort, it's too narrow, inferior foam, not enough support. ... and of course the heat issue.

Sheep skin covers are good ... but what really works is a WIDER seat like the Sargent, Corbin or Seat Concepts.

I have a Corbin and can ride it all day long. Love it. The lower links are not expensive. I wish I had the link to point you where to buy them. Easy to install ... old links off, new ones on. Be sure to raise the fork tubes UP a bit in the triple clamps after you install lowering links. This will help maintain balance ... front to rear.


My DR with Corbin seat. Fantastic platform for ALL DAY comfort.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:07 AM   #42
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Has anyone put eyes on a Procycle seat compared to a Seat Concepts?

I'm leaning towards the SC because it has a tall option and because I've never seen a bad review. However, if there's minimal difference, the Procycle seat is $30-some dollars cheaper on Procycle's site. $30 isn't a huge amount, but if the seats are nearly the same, that's a fair amount of DR go juice.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #43
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I just did 800+ miles N C/Georgia. I put on a standard Seat Concepts, 100% better than stock. Good friend of mine said if ya got a flat ass with little meat, you may have buyer remorse with the Corbin FWIW
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:43 PM   #44
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As I have a 30" inseam my 2012 DR650SE was impossibly tall. I was on tip toe at every stop on the way home from the dealer's in Sierra Vista, Arizona, to my home in Bisbee.

Fortunately, one of my good friends is a dirt bike suspension specialist and he lowered the DR according to Suzuki factory procedures. This allegedly lowered the bike 1 to 1/2 inches. Still too tall, but better. The stock seat, after a 60 mile break-in ride, was clearly unfriendly to my backside. As in burning butt and constant standing on the pegs for relief, which got me stopped by a cop who thought I was "stunt riding." When I explained my dilemma he let me go sans ticket.

So I bought the factory Suzuki gel seat because it's 1" lower than the stock seat. With the factory specs lowering and the gel seat my (then new) DR became much more friendly.

One caveat: After being parked outside in the Arizona sun for an hour or two the gel seat heated up to the point where, once again, I found my self standing up on the pegs. It's a 25 mile ride through mountains to my abode in Bisbee from Sierra Vista and upon arriving the gel seat was still warm!

There had to be a fix, as the seat was relatively comfortable. The fix finally arrived from Alaska Leathers in the form of a dark gray sheepskin cover made specifically for the DR seat.

Problem solved. No more hot seat. As a bonus, the sheepskin makes the seat lots more comfortable.

At my age (84) my long-distance touring is basically over with but I still don't mind 100+ days at all. If I were younger I'd be buying some of the seats to try out that all of you have been talking about.
I have a 30" inseam as well and I keep saying I should lower it. But, you know, after 16 years and 65,000 miles with the standard height - 60,000 with a Corbin seat - I guess I'll just leave it....

OTOH, I'm just a young 'un at 64!
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #45
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The Corbin on mine is nice and tall. That's the main reason I stick with it. Had mine made over 1" taller and as wide as they would go.

But it is still a hard seat. After awhile on pavement eating miles I need to take a break.. I can go up to Tellico Plains without stopping which is 166 miles. Depends on body condition. The more often I ride the more I feel good on the hard Corbin.

Its a decent option for tall and big guys. My custom Rennazco on my 950a was pretty hard too.
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