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Old 06-19-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Thumb XR650R Seat Upgrade Report!

So I am leaving on June 28th to do the Great Divide Ride on my XR650R. A couple weeks ago I went and did a test run to the Four Mile Freakout to see how the XR works while fully loaded. I learned a lot and fixed some things as a result. But the biggest thing I learned was my stock seat SUCKED!!! I rode 225 miles in one day and my butt was worn out. I needed to do something as I knew I could not do 2500 miles on that seat without becoming an Octapalegic before it was over.

SO, I took my seat over to Bitchin' Stitchin' in Lakewood Colorado. Dan is a dirt biker who makes a decent living creating custom seats for all types of bikes. We talked, look at pics on the internet and settled on a plan. He made me a full gel seat that is 4 1/2 inches wider and one inch taller. Man what a difference! Here are some pics of the finished product compared to my Moose seat that is a replacement for the stocker.

The Moose seat (same shape as the stocker)




Here is the new seat compared to the old seat!




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Mounted up- BIG Difference!






Pretty good job. All antislip cover on the top. Full Gel insert in entire seating area. I'll let you know how it turns out. I got a good price and a 2 week turn around! I forgot his card at work or I would post his number and website. Next week i'll do that. Great guy and a very cool shop! Let's hope it works! Anything is better than the stock seat.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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width is what makes a difference for comfort. I went wider on my 650R seat as well.
But when you gotta stand on the pegs and throw the bike around a wide seat can get in the way.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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That is why I kept it narrow at the front. It is just slightly larger where my knees lock in.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:20 AM   #4
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That seat is awesome! I'd like to have him make me one.

I have the same rear rack you have.I was worried about the strength of only one tube going to the subframe and the single point load on the subframe. After one ride this came loose with the rack flopping around on the way home. I removed the threaded insert from the subframe and fabricated a steel bracket that spreads the load over a larger area.
I'll provide pictures if anyone is interested.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:51 AM   #5
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I'd like to see it before I peel out on the trip! I had the rack come loose once as well so I Loctite'd the crap out of it but am still concerned. You busy this weekend?
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:41 AM   #6
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nice.. I bet that will be one comfy seat on the long sit down sections..
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:16 AM   #7
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Nice seat

That seat looks great, but what's a "good price"
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:06 PM   #8
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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Question what's the verdict?

did it work? I'm in Lakewood and suffer from chapped ass after 100 miles on my r.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:53 PM   #10
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Waiting to hear the result

Yea, did it work?
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:05 PM   #11
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Ride report:

This seat saved my life! Well, not actually my life but certainly my A$$. If I could make one change it would be 1" lower but overall I thanked myself 100 times over for getting this saddle made. Go see Bitchin Stitchin! You will not regret spending the money!

My luggage rack on the other hand...
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:26 PM   #12
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you have a phone number?does he need a seat base?
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:41 PM   #13
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http://www.bitchnstitchninc.com/sevices.html

bout 5sec worth of yahoo search
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:36 AM   #14
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Are those pictures still floating around?
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:18 PM   #15
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i had a similar seat made wide out back, flat deck, custom foam, $280 w/ ship from rick mayer, good work,no springs just foam. may not have that deal now so $229 IS a good deal. I am very happy with mine, a number of trips, longest was 900 dirt miles in 3 days, ass was happy.

I have never felt the "wings" of the seat but dont ride it on hard core single track either, hey its a BRP with soft dirt bagz, I sold a LC4 400, really a nice bike, but it smashed my 'nads something bad, I should tried a custom seat on it as other then that that was a perfect bike for me. I really hate bikes with a U shaped nut smashing type of seat as the LC4 has, give me a flat deck seat or a tractor style ala guzzi quota

its not worth the pain a a shitty seat, get yours redone if'n your ass is hurtin'
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