Seat Concepts review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bgoodwin, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    I stumbled across this site a coupla weeks ago http://seatconcepts.com/

    Being a cheap bastid (KLR) I ordered one up last week.

    Here's what I got

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    Compared to OEM
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  2. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    The foam is firmer than stock, and flares out to a full 13" in the seating area.
    Just flip the seat over, pull out a buncha staples (mine didn't have many as I had rebuilt it before)
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    Pull the OEM foam off and you've got a clean pan to work with
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    New foam fits the stock pan perfect
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    Put the cover on just tight enough to get rid of the wrinkles
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    Shoot a buncha staples in it
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    And it's ready :clap
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  3. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    On the bike
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    I only had time for a short spin, kinda weird, the foam feels initially soft but with plenty of support. Reminds me of memory foam. The extra width is nice.

    I'll update this thread as I get some miles on it.
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  4. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Nice review. Been looking at those and the price is right.
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  5. devrodirt

    devrodirt devro

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    Thanks.
    Do keep us posted as the miles rack up.
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  6. wfopete

    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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    What price are you seeing? I see $160! Not the right price 4 me.
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  7. devrodirt

    devrodirt devro

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    You want to spend more?
    Call Russel, for about $700 you can wait about 6 months for a really nice seat.
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  8. Navy Chief

    Navy Chief Long timer

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    Ya I was thinking it was a bargain for a decent seat....
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  9. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    :thumb

    I'm in the Russell grop buy and having second thoughts, too bad they don't make it for the SE yet.
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  10. jetfixer007

    jetfixer007 n00b

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    looks good.
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  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    They Are making the seat kits for the DR650 now,Ive got one of their tall kits on my DRZe,it felt a little too soft for my 205 lbs with gear on,the seat concepts people shot me out a firmer foam no charge in no time at all.
    Great Customer Service,their website says they may make custom kits if you email em and ask about it. Seem like nice guys and trying hard to please.
    Even the soft foam is way,way better then the stock DRZ torture rack.

    Nice looking seat on the KLR!
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  12. Chilly

    Chilly Been here awhile

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    I just installed on on my 450xc last week. One ride on it and it is looking very positive. It is by far the widest/flatest off the shelf option. It gives plenty of room to move around. The quality of the seat cover is very nice.

    Previously I have tried the Guts, EE and SDG seats over the years, but nothing was even close for long range comfort. The next test will be to see how well the foam holds up, but right now I say it is looking like the right answer for many riders out there.
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  13. RideOn2

    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    Glad to run accross this review. for my DRZ i've tried the Gel seat(crap) the guts soft foam. which I think is harder than the stock seat. I friend has a custom Corbin and it feels like sitting on a brick. I'm willing to give the seat concepts a try. They answered my email ?'s very quickly.

    Thanks for the review.
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  14. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I think these guys are onto a winning formula. 160$ is peanuts for new foam and cover! You don't have to ship your old seat either so there is a savings there as well. Easy for them to have several models for each bike as well. As soon as they have a kit for the Ural I'll order one. :D
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  15. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    I have ridden every day since installing the seat. At my svelte 250lbs, the foam feels great for short hops, but a full day in the saddle will prolly call for the firm version.
    I have had several conversations with the supplier, they seem very open to feedback.
    Between both of my KLRs, I have built/rebuilt the seats about 10 times, using carpet pad and other foams in all kinda combinations...this seat beats 'em all.
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  16. mxbundy

    mxbundy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback bgoodwin! Every bike is different, the individual shape of each seat requires a different density of foam to get the same effect. That is why we need feedback from you guys. Have any of your, lets say, skinny, buddys try the seat yet? :D A firmer cushion is going out Monday for you to try!

    Bundy
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  17. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    Installed the firm foam Thursday night. Left out Friday morning for an 800 mile weekend at The Fuzzy Beaver rally in Murphy NC. I absolutely love this seat, best I have ever ridden. :clap
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  18. bgoodwin

    bgoodwin Got Parelli?

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    Allrighty, I have 1100 miles on this seat now, all I can say is WOW, what a difference. It has broken in very nicely, so much better than any of the homebrew seats I have built.

    :clap
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  19. kdtrull

    kdtrull Alpha Nerd

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    My base pan has a bazillion holes in it from all the times I've rebuilt my seat. I'm gonna' have to try the Seat Concepts deal as soon as this outage is over. Right now, I'm just getting by with my latest rebuild and the $35 Sweet Cheeks widener.

    Compared to the stock foam, how is the firm foam option you got from Seat Concepts?

    Thanks,
    Ken
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  20. x_hog_ridr

    x_hog_ridr Been here awhile

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    I am in the Russell group buy too.

    Last weekend I had the chance to sit on a GS like mine, but with the Russell seat and WOW, what a difference. I can't wait to get mine. It felt really good. Don't have second thoughts. With the discount, it is a good deal.
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