Best seat for 990?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by KnightRider374, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. KnightRider374

    KnightRider374 Adventurer

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    I've done a search on seats and don't seem to see any threads about which ones you've all tried all in one thread. Pros and cons of any/all seats you've tried on longer rides. All I know is the stock low seat on the recently purchased 2008 sucks. I've read about the Daylong, Saddlemen, Seat Concepts, and Renazco options and I'm leaning toward the Saddleman but wanted some opinions before I drop another 400 clams. Are the seats on the newer Baja 990's any good?

    I'm doing the CDR and western TAT ride in three weeks and, although I do a lot of standing on the pegs, want to make the journey as comfy as possible.

    Come on ADV world, help an inmate decide!
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  2. Pops of the desert

    Pops of the desert Adventurer

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    I am searching also, I put the Baja seat on my 08 and it is just as bad.:eek1
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  3. Harold Waikiki

    Harold Waikiki oldfatdumbbrokeoutofshape

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    i've done seat concepts for my 990 and 530. love them. my seat for my 950se is being built this week for my 950se by renazco. we'll see. lots o $. didn't send him my old seat so i'd have 2 seats.
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  4. KnightRider374

    KnightRider374 Adventurer

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    I figured the Baja seat would be bad - KTM can't seem to figure out their seats. Thanks for the input.
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  5. pilacs

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    Bill Mayer seat all the way. Bought the bike with a Renazco felt like plywood,sold it to buy a saddleman better,but not good enough,sold it when find a BMS. 550-600 miles a day no problems.
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  6. KnightRider374

    KnightRider374 Adventurer

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    I've ridden an XCW500 with a seat concepts and was impressed although it was a tad bit too spongy for me but I really liked the contour and fit. May have to include it in the running plus they are less money.
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  7. KnightRider374

    KnightRider374 Adventurer

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    I thought they were a cruiser seat maker...guessed wrong on that one. Thanks for the tip on this one. Their website shot of the 990 with their seat looks really good. Did I read that right? 474 dollars?

    A friend of mine didn't like his Renazco either. Sold it.
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  8. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Long timer

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    Just bought an 04 "S" that came with a Bill Mayer saddle. Will most likely end up selling it cause I don't want the wings type seat. Need to figure out what I want next though. I may go Seat Concepts Tall seat. The Mayer is nice but don't think I will like it for lots of dirt work..

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  9. genghis9021

    genghis9021 Arak Connoisseur

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    Have one on all my bikes and even the EXC I sold.
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  10. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    I don't find the stock seat to be terrible. OK, Moab-Fallon in 100 + temps sucked but usually I am moving around enough on this bike that the stocker isn't bad.

    The KTM gel low seat however....now THAT puppy sucks.

    I recently bought a Corbin from an inmate and it's typical Corbin. Starts out hard, ends up hard, but easy to move around on and doesn't pack down over the course of a 500 plus mile day. My only issue with this one is that it's just a little wider in front where it matters and now I REALLY can't touch the ground. Jury's still out on this one.

    FWIW

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  11. Dualsport Crazy

    Dualsport Crazy Been here awhile

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    +1 with a Renazco seat. My butt has never felt so happy in a long time :D.

    Great comfort & superb folks to deal with at Renazco Racing.
    :freaky
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  12. KnightRider374

    KnightRider374 Adventurer

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    To be fair on the Renazco, my buddy doesn't like his because the seat foam is broken down and isn't providing the support. He's a big guy and wants stiffer foam. He bought it used so he is sending it back to Renazco for new foam. We'll see how he likes it after it is like new.
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  13. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    I have a Renzaco seat that was on my bike when I bought it, I have just done a couple of thousand mile trip and whilst its ok, its not a patch on the corbin on my R1100GS, its ok for a 300+ mile day but not sure I would be happy with longer than that, where as the 1100 is good for the 500 miles I get out of the TT tank ;-)
    My problem is that I dont know if the seat is the best I can expect as its smaller and narrower, is it just that it was not made for me, is the corbin for the 990 going to be better or as good as the 1100 one?

    I would be interested in any thoughts from someone who has tried a corbin and a renzaco.
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  14. vonotto

    vonotto Been here awhile

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    I'm diggin' my Seat Concepts. Use the stock seat pan and do it yourself with a 20$ harbor freight staple gun.
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  15. Lumberjeff

    Lumberjeff River City MC

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    Any thoughts on what seat is best for helping the passenger stay put. When we are on rough trails going down hill the girlfriend has trouble sliding forward. Anything with a small lip between the passenger and rider?
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    rockohlic Been here awhile

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    sorry, thought I was in the basement.
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  17. Lumberjeff

    Lumberjeff River City MC

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    Thank you for the intelligent advice/help... This is the first time I have asked a question on this site. Thanks again.
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  18. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    The fact is, other than the Duke, KTMs are dirt bikes. Road bikes need soft saddles, dirt bikes just need something to keep the frame from hitting your ass.

    Some inmates have 2 or more seats - one for each type of riding they do.

    Makes sense to me.
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  19. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Tried the stock seat, Corbin, Seat concepts and now a Renazco.
    Many choices, and everyone's backside is different. It may not be the iron butt solution, but works with no passenger sliding forward, for us.

    If you have the means, having a couple of seats would be nice.
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  20. desertkev

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    I have one of these on my Superduke and it was amazing on my 9k mile trip a couple of summers ago. I am 120 pounds with a boney butt and not once was my butt bugging me during the journey. I am planted on the seat 99% of the time. I had it shaped to be flat because I wanted to control at what part of the seat I sat, also had it built up an inch for my long inseam.
    http://kontourseat.com/index.html
    I would have no problem investing in one of these on another long ride motorbike. If I had to list the cons it would be.
    Probably is not the best choice in a cold and wet climate.
    The gel only seems to be in the front half, that could probably be fixed by them, but I am a solo rider and don't care.
    Since it is fairly unknown, probably crappy resale value.
    Not sure how the other seat makers work, but they need an unmodified seat so there is that downtime.
    Looks a little weird, better in real life than pictures however.

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