2014+ DL1000 Vstrom

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    Can anyone recommend a good aftermarket saddle, regular height, for a '14 DL1000?
  2. WFRTony

    WFRTony Been here awhile

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    Do any of you have any experience with the Seat Concepts (2014-18) DL1000 V-Strom *TALL*?

    I'm about 5'11 with a 34+" inseam. I could use more room between the seat and the pegs, but I'm not sure about reaching the ground. I had a standard Seat Concepts on my 08 Wee and it was slightly taller than the stock saddle, but much more comfortable for me and my pillion. The Wee also had the AdventureTech Footpeg and Control Lowering kit installed.
  3. billyal33

    billyal33 Adventurer

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    Not the Shad comfort seat. I find it worse than the suzuki seat.
  4. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks for the comparo. What made you 86 the AT? Just new bike itch or something else? Is the seat comfort better on the strom? Seems like it would be.
  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    There's never a good reason :lol3

    Usually just the urge to try something new, as was the case in the Super Tenere. I'd come back from a 4500 mile road trip and loved every mile of it on the ST.
    It was great, I just had a wandering eye.... :D

    In the case of the Africa Twin, I had sold a 4wd truck, bought a sports car - and needed a Winter rig. Of the two bikes I had, I knew the AT would be a quick sell for the most money - and it did sell quick, for a good price, letting me buy a used Jeep Rubicon for Winter.

    For a stock seat, the AT was very good - I had no plans on swapping it out for anything. I had not even seen an AT when I bought mine, let alone sit on one.
    I went to Springfield, MO to buy it and ride it back, and was very pleasantly surprised how good the seat was. Riding position, etc - all perfect.
    Same with the V Strom once I got the tall seat on and had a bit more legroom.
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  6. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    ^^So you're a bike slut -- Welcome to the club.
  7. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    I went with the Rickland Rick's seat mod (cutting the raised panel below your tail bone) and added a Sit & Fly cover to allow some air (Hot and humid in GA) :-)

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    My AT feels like a big dirt bike when compared to my V2. They are different enough to keep both.
    V2 is better on the pavement . . . AT better off pavement:

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  8. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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  9. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    I have the Sargent touring saddle- it's a bit wider and quite nice looking. Same height. Good for long days. Not that the stock was bad- I just wanted to try it out. For me, there was definitely less squirming around after a couple hours. I think I got it on a black Monday sale with free shipping.
  10. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    ^^ Thank you for the recommendation. I have a Sargent on my DR650 - not all day comfort, but certainly an improvement over stock.

    EDIT: Have just ordered a Sargent from the factory in Jacksonville - Everyone else is out of stock. They are running behind and backed up. 3 wk delivery.
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  11. alfie53

    alfie53 Been here awhile

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    I'm virtually your dimensions re: height and inside seam. I actually kept the medium seat and added AdventureTech peg lowering kit (that opened up the leg angle) but actually heightened the rear of the bike by 1 1/8". Feet still just flat bottom in my boots so you should be fine
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  12. WFRTony

    WFRTony Been here awhile

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    The peg lowering kit sounds like a good place to start.
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  13. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    ^^Have those and the shifter extension kit - Money well spent.
  14. RhinoVStrom

    RhinoVStrom Adventurer

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    Possible new Lay-Out 2018 V-Strom 1000A is coming. Called "V-STROM 1000A EXPEDITION' Witch color do you like the most?

    EXPEDITION STROM L9.1.jpg [/ATTACH] EXPEDITION STROM L9.2.jpg
  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    that's a new paint job, not a new layout....and that one still has cast wheels, not the tubeless spokes
  16. CatBehemoth

    CatBehemoth Been here awhile

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    Pretty ugly, I think. Looks like Walmart shirt.
    They'd better return sand color!
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    PeterW Long timer

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  18. billyal33

    billyal33 Adventurer

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    Ugly as sin. And I thought the yellow looked bad, this takes bad to a whole new level. More unsold leftovers in a few years. Still might pick up a bargain! (and a spray can)
  19. alfie53

    alfie53 Been here awhile

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    LOL "witch" colour is a good desciptor.
    Awful mess - and they call it Expedition and keep plastic pipe/sump protector and cast wheels meaning road trip rather than expedition.
    Of all manufacturers I wonder if Suzuki is most guilty of dressing something up to sell more of its unloved accessories
  20. atk450

    atk450 n00b

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    I have a Holeshot/Corbin on my V2 and love it. I'm 60 years old and have done 600+ mile days on it. Check it out at Holeshot Performance.
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