Russell Day-Long KLR seat?

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  1. tweeder

    tweeder Farkle Queen

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    Anybody used one of these, for either a KLR or another bike? I've got a Corbin flat and my sensitive rear just doesn't like it for longer road rides. I'd keep it for any kind of trail riding, and get an old stock seat to send off to Russell to be remade. Just curious as to what anyone has to say about the comfort of these seats
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  2. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    I have Russel seats on two bikes. GL 1000 and XR650L. They are the best seats I have ridden on.

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  3. GB

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    The Russel is the best seat for comfort and I have one on my GS, but did not get one for the KLR because of the support wings which will get in the way of sliding back and forth on the bench seat when doing some gnarly off roading.. If you will stay mostly on roads and don't need to shift your weight, then it should work for you. I've seen one person on here post pics of his Russel seat on the KLR. They may even have it on their site.
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  4. vagt6

    vagt6 Bit the Bullet

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    I have a Russell Day Long on my KLR, installed by the PO and new when I bought the bike. It's extremely comfortable and the side bolsters/wings tend to keep your butt centered in the seat's sweet spot, very nice. Gadget Boy's comment above about the wings possibly getting in the way during tech riding is accurate. This has not been a problem for me, but I don't ride offroad or agressively enough on the KLR for this to be a factor.

    The Russell Day Long is pricey, but depending on your riding habits likely well worth the price. Its greatest benefit may be in the support and comfort it provides for (extra) large guys/butts, or folks who tend to take longish rides with extended periods in the saddle. If you have either or both of these "attributes", the Russell is for you.

    If you've got $300+ bucks to burn ($350?), I'd say go for it. And, unless you're really tearing up the trails or motocrossing (on a KLR???:eek1 ), it's may be the most comfy saddle available, IMHO.

    Sorry, can't post a pic from this computer, will try later this evening.
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  5. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    I have one on my KLR after having a painful experience w the flat Corbin. Without a doubt it's the best farkle money I ever spent. Next bike I buy I'm just gonna factor another $350 into the price and send the stock seat out to Russell immediately. It's THAT good.
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  6. jv3

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    I have had the Corbin on a F650GS and a R1200GS. The R1200GS Corbin saddle I was never happy with it.
    I now rode to Shasta Lake and had Russell make a seat, "wow" night and day for comfort...no more butt and leg pains....it's worth all the money.

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  7. tweeder

    tweeder Farkle Queen

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    Thanks for all the replies guys-I'll be buying a used stocker off of this board, sending it to Russell for some flying buttress comfort, and keeping the Corbin for any offroad stuff I do. Happy riding
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  8. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I've got the Russell Day long that I originally bought when I owned my wee-strom, but now use it on my Vstrom. I picked mine up 2nd hand, but here are some comparison pictures to the stock wee-strom seat.

    My seat really jacks me up, which is actually what I wanted as I'm 6'4" and I was cramped on the very low stock seat. I fit real nice in the moon shaped area and it holds me snug. I can slide forward if I want to get more of my foot on the ground where the seat is narrow. I put 40k miles on this seat on my wee-strom and hopefully many more on my Vstrom.

    I have a Corbin on my SV and after riding on the Russell so much, I hate the Corbin now. The Corbin is better then stock SV, but not much. I'll definitely look at Russell again for future bikes.

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  9. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    I have a Russell on my F650 and will always have one on any bike I ever own now. For technical riding I find the wings are fine as they rest right behind my knees when standing and give added support. However on steep downhills, where you have shift your body rearward, they are in the way. My longest stint in the saddle was 13 hrs. Piece of cake. Truly a "day long".
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  10. XRsteve

    XRsteve Been here awhile

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    So what does a russel seat for a XR650L look like? They didn't have a picture on their website last time I checked.
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  11. tweeder

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    How did it affect seat height/ride height? I'm fine with the KLR seat height with the Corbin flat right now, but I think if the Russell seat effectively adds another 3/4 to 1 inch I'd definitely be in trouble. Any advice?
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  12. mdwilliDR650

    mdwilliDR650 Adventurer

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    You should also consider a Renazco seat. I've read rave reviews on it as well.
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  13. Walterxr650l

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    Mine looks like this.

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  14. Walterxr650l

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    Another picture.

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  15. Mike Butt

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    I'd try a sheep pad before you spend big bucks on a seat. I rode 400 miles last Sunday on sheepskin, and it wasn't that bad.
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  16. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Man, that makes it look like you could actually ride a thumper for more then 200 miles and still get off walking straight! :clap :rofl

    I like that!
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  17. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Cool.

    I have been searching for an answer to long painful days on my XR. I've got one of Barb's sheepskins and love it, but I need something more. I bought an extra seat, thinking I might try and fab something up but maybe I'll give that Russell a try.
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  18. XRsteve

    XRsteve Been here awhile

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    Wow, that does look comfy! I still take my 650L on some singletrack. I don't know how that would work. Maybe I'll get two seats and use whatever one works best for where I'm going.
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  19. Missouri Man

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    Never had a Russell and I'm sure that they are much more comfortable than a Corbin but you've got to give the Corbin time/miles to break in. I have about 5000 miles on my Corbin and am now just starting to feel it "break in".
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  20. BackRoader

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    Walmart (US Stores) sells an ATV gel pad, made by Stearn. Less than $20.00, clips on over the original seat.

    It will add another 3/4 inch to the height of the ride, however for the money you may want to give it a try.

    A number KLR Riders swear by them.

    I also use a sheep skin and it does help..... just a pain when it rains.

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