Russell Day Long - Sunbrella fabric (vs. velour vs. leather)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by double_entendre, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. double_entendre

    double_entendre Ticking away the....

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    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?

    Thanks!

    (Link provided for the less cognoscent. :lol3)
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  2. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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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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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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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.

    KoF
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  4. tm2rd

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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! :clap

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    Not a great pic sorry
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  5. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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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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  6. double_entendre

    double_entendre Ticking away the....

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

    :thumb
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  7. tm2rd

    tm2rd Adventurer

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    Good luck I hope you like it as much as I do
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  8. LordSmoke

    LordSmoke Been here awhile

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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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  9. tm2rd

    tm2rd Adventurer

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    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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  10. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Never too many bikes

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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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  11. LordSmoke

    LordSmoke Been here awhile

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    Thanks, guys. Planning on ordering for January.
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