Seat Concepts review

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Dave Bell, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. RyanR

    RyanR Been here awhile

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    My photos are from the first day I had the seat and I only had a little Stanley hand stapler to work with. I could only get about 1 in 20 staples to bite into the seat pan so it's barely tacked on in that photo. I've since pulled it back off and re-installed with a proper air stapler. I stapled the front in place and then had my buddy hold the rear tight while I stapled it down. After that I slowly worked my way down towards the center alternating sides with each staple. It took about 20 minutes to get everything just so but it did get rid of the wrinkles. It requires quite a bit of tension though so make sure you have the front positioned how you want it and staple it in place so you can really yank on the rear of it without ripping anything. As I worked my way towards the center I tried to tug the seat material away from the curve of the seat since it seems to be a little "baggy" in that area. I agree the fit isn't perfect but with a little work I was able to make mine fit properly. I also used some 3M spray adhesive when I did the final install.
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  2. cross-country

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    That is an installation problem, not a fitment problem. You could, and many do, find that same problem installing the stock cover. I bet you could get rid of the wrinkles without removing the seat cover. Or a decent upholstry shop could take care of it in minutes for a couple bucks.

    I love mine and plan on getting another for the bike I am racing the B1K on. I think my butt will appreciate it!
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  3. wowsers

    wowsers F8 & b there

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    I had mine installed by a professional installer and the fit is absolutely great. He charged me $10. Well worth it.
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  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive put about 4 of them on now,the trick is to leave the cover in the sun,get it nice and stretchy/hot. Then follow the directions,staple it front and back making it snug,and pull it and staple it,keep pulling and stapling front/side/rear till the wrinkles are gone. If it aint right do it over till it is,they can be re-stapled no problem.
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  5. gunnr

    gunnr optimsm

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    I put one on my 610 and am happy with it....:thumb Good product
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  6. Beezer

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    sorry... but the reality is that mine was a piece of crap when push comes to shove. there was simply no way to pull on the fabric and make it stretch enough.... NOT possible without tearing the seams. I finally let the front seam wander down across the nose of the seat in order to get it to lay down. I later re-shaped the foam & made it better. I am no stranger to this kind of work either, I have built seats from scratch for my project bikes. This one was for an 1150 gs

    P,S, I took it to a pro for at least some advise & he refused to touch it unless he could cut it and re-sew the seams.

    edit: BTW, the GS cover has an additional panel that runs left to right across the dip in the seat in order to accommodate the huge compound curve in the foam. If those parts were cut with triangle shapes they would fit, but as built it was simply an additional 2 seams across the critical area. I could pull the wrinkles out, but the fabric was hovering at least an inch away from the foam in the crotch of the saddle. I even rode it around a couple days like that hoping it would take shape but not to be. You can only pull so hard... I was seeing the threads of the seams pop out, and the holes from the stitches were elongated about 2x.... thats too far... especially since it still wasn't on all the way. everyone makes a lemon.

    as for the foam.... it's good, but the shape only offers one seating position. it's a bucket seat, so if you like that you'll be happy
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  7. jon_l

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    Sorry for the cross post; this question is also in the WR250R/X thread.

    From the Seat Concepts FAQ:

    Q: What is the difference in cover materials?

    A: Gripper: Great for aggressive riding or being held in place. If you like to slide around do not order this cover. Carbon: A black vinyl that has a carbon fiber pattern made into the surface for a good look. There is a texture that acts like a very light gripper. Embossed: A smooth black vinyl with square dimples embossed into the material but not all the way through keeping it water resistant. This cover will scuff if dragging sharp edged items across surface. Plain: A nice leather grain vinyl similar to some stock seats. ALL covers are marine grade vinyls and water resistant.


    I don't want Gripper, as I like to move around.

    Carbon sounds good.

    Don't like that Embossed scuffs easily.

    Plain sounds.....OK

    Based on this FAQ, I would order carbon top, plain sides. For those of you who have a Seat Concepts already, what cover material(s) do you have, and why would you buy (or not) it again?
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  8. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

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    Have one on a 1998 DR 350 that they dished out for my short assed legs. 1500 miles later it is the best seat I have ever had . The only problem is now my Super Sherpa And my Dl 1000 wants one also. :deal
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  9. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Mr. Spoil Sport

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    I put a Sargent on my DL1000 two years ago - wish I'd waited for the Seat Concepts product 'cause I'd have saved about $200.
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  10. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    Just installed mine today on my KLX. Great product, easy install, excellent service. Shakedown ride tomorrow.

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  11. Oldcow

    Oldcow Adventurer

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    What was it about the suede that you liked so much? Thinking about one of these for my 500 KTM and never thought that I would consider suede given the fact that we ride in mud and water holes.
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  12. Keithert

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    I just put one on my XT225 and while it is wider than stock it really isn't more comfortable. That may be because it is new. Do the seat concepts seats take time to break in? Do they get a bit softer or at least formed to your rear?
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  13. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    I had mine put on before I picked up the bike.

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    Shipped from AK to CA on a Friday, seat was done Tuesday and back in AK by Saturday. These guys rock!
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  14. Beezer

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    I am apparently the only guy in the world that screwed by them. I struggled to make one work on my GS & was told that I wasn't pulling it tight enough, even though I was pulling it hard enough to make the stitch holes stretch open. anyway, it was a very poor fit. I bad mouthed them from time to time on the net & eventually got a PM from one of the owners asking why. I told him the story & he said, oh yeah.... we unknowingly used a "low" seat for the pattern on that one, would you like another? sure I sez, no rush since it's middle of winter. thats the last I heard of that.... I pinged him a couple times but no response.... guess he lost interest in making it right, so fuck them

    note also that almost every one of these I've seen has a wrinkle or two somewhere on the transition from the flat to the horn.
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  15. biensur22

    biensur22 litigious poster

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    You should just give them a call, i'm sure they'll clear it up. Robert and Lendon are good guys, they just have a lot of business.

    I'll admit i'm a little less than ecstatic about mine, the transition from flat to horn slopes downward too far and as a result i spend a lot of time sliding onto my balls. That said, my seat is unusual and i popped in on them on a friday afternoon and they still suited me up within an hour. Both Robert and Lendon were helpful and friendly, and said if I had any issues I should give them a call. I just haven't called them yet, and that's on me. Meanwhile, it's still an enormous improvement over stock and totally worth the time/money.
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  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Call them on the phone,they will make it right,dont be so sure they dont want to help,they're working 7 days a week building seats.
    (Ive installed 4 with no seat experience prior,no wrinkles what so ever,its easy if you follow instructions)
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  17. Oldcow

    Oldcow Adventurer

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    I have the same conclusion on a KTM 500. I may call them and get the tall version. The seat on my 2005 450 is much more comfortable but is a different shape. The quality of the product is very good.
    Oldcow
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  18. mxbundy

    mxbundy Long timer

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    You know I did drop the ball on this one, I am sorry, all I can say.
    But if you want to be a jackass, I assure you I can out jackass you any day of the week.
    Now that being said, I will send you the new seat if you want it.
    You can call me at 951-741-0722 if you would like to discuss.

    Bundy
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  19. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Boy oh boy is that a conciliatory message if I ever heard one. :topes:dhorse
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  20. dep411

    dep411 Been here awhile

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    I recently bought a complete seat and love it. My butt doesn't get all numb on long rides anymore on the 690
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