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Old 10-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Russell Day Long - Sunbrella fabric (vs. velour vs. leather)

I'm going to get an RDL for my GSA and am thinking about the Sunbrella fabric (vs. velour vs. leather).

What say the cognoscenti here?

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Old 10-15-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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When did he start using Sunbrella? I wouldn't think it would hold up to day to day use as a motorcycle seat.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:30 AM   #3
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FWIW: I make seat covers for riders. #1 customer is Russell owner with leather, #2 is Corbin owner.
These owners tell me leather is best.

I also cover plenty of velour seats for a bunch of SoCal off-road riders. They say that's best for off-road. They state grip and breathability as benefit. They also tell me they take days to dry out hence the seat covers we make.

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Old 10-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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I just got mine

I just got back from a ride in appointment and a 1700 mile ride after. I was going to go with leather but decided to try the sunbrella at the last minute. My main concern is long term durability. The thing i like best is that it doesnt get as hot when sitting in the sun as leather. If it doesnt last i will get it recovered but i liked it enough to give it a try and so far i like it A LOT!



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Old 10-22-2013, 02:07 PM   #5
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I like that! Looks like just the covering I need on my RDL for the AZ summers.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:53 PM   #6
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I just got back from a ride in appointment and a 1700 mile ride after. I was going to go with leather but decided to try the sunbrella at the last minute. My main concern is long term durability. The thing i like best is that it doesnt get as hot when sitting in the sun as leather. If it doesnt last i will get it recovered but i liked it enough to give it a try and so far i like it A LOT!

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Thanks a ton for lobbing in. Might have to give it a go.

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Old 10-25-2013, 11:49 PM   #7
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Good luck I hope you like it as much as I do
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I just got back from a ride in appointment and a 1700 mile ride after. I was going to go with leather but decided to try the sunbrella at the last minute. My main concern is long term durability. The thing i like best is that it doesnt get as hot when sitting in the sun as leather. If it doesnt last i will get it recovered but i liked it enough to give it a try and so far i like it A LOT!



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How's that working out for you? Thinking of a fully loaded RDL with heat and backrest for the '14 GSW. Thinking of black sunbrella for life in the sunshine state. Also, how does the backrest work? Are the risers necessary for its use?
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:10 PM   #9
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Luvn it

Had it for almost a year now and i gotta say that its the best thing I've ever done to that bike. Long days are no problem and the Sunbrella makes a big difference in the heat.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:47 PM   #10
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I've never had a sunbrella RDL, but I absolutely loved the velour cover I had on my ST1100. I'd buy another velour in a heartbeat, and I'm seriously considering putting a RDL on my big KLR this winter (group buy?).
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:07 AM   #11
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Thanks, guys. Planning on ordering for January.
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