Just bought a pristine XR650L couple weeks ago. This is the second time I've owned this bike. I bought my first one new in 1993 when I was 17. (3400.00 out the door if I recall). Anyway for the last 18 years I've owned three R1150GS's, an R1200GS, a K1300GT, two Multistradas, a Duc 848 and 1098, and a Goldwing plus a myriad of dirtbikes. Anyway my ass isn't as resilient as it was 17 years ago. The stock XR seat is brutal; I mean it's a torture device. I'm using the bike an in town hooligan machine and today after a two hour ride I felt like Morton Anderson used my ass for kicking practice. I was sore as hell. So my question. Are the aftermarket seats worth the money. Do they work at keeping your ass from falling apart. I hate to sound like a pussy but I have ridden every state, Canada, Central and South America 45 minutes at a time. No matter the machine barring the Goldwing and the K1300GT after 45 minutes I'm hurting for a break. That's why I always ride sol and that's why I wonder if a 400 aftermarket seat (15% what I paid for the bike) is going to be worth it. Thanks in advance guys for advice guys. For what it's worth I recommend the XR650L. It is a fun machine. Properly jetted it'll whellie through three gears and I think for the price the suspension is pretty good. For shits and giggles I may throw a set of CRF450 forks I've got laying around on the XR to see how that feels. We'll see. Right now Baja design is sending a stator and a dual set of 8" HID's. I'm thinking this will allow me to ride at because right now the 55watt bulb is woefully inadequate.