The problem with the stock seat is the seat pan, this "feature" protrudes upward and is what causes varying levels of discomfort depending on the size of the rider and how close they are to it. As the rather poor stock foam compresses over ride time the more it will feel like it's pushing upward into you. I suspect the reason a tall person might not be as affected is they are sitting further back and way from this abomination. If you want to fix the seat on the cheap, remove the cover and foam, cut away this lame feature, fill in the opening with some plastic or sheet metal, then replace the foam and cover. I agree with you, the stock seat felt fine in the showroom, but about 45 minutes of riding and I couldn't wait to get off. The Sargent seat fixed all that and now I'm good with long days in the saddle, at least as much as any other bike with a good quality seat. I'm no Iron Butt rider that's for sure, but replacing the seat does wonders for this bike like many others. For any real distance riding I'd want a larger windscreen for sure as the continuous wind blast is the next most tiring factor for me. I suppose I could put up with the limited fuel range as long as I wasn't crossing any super remote areas, or I'd need to bring the rotopax jug along. But honestly, as my bike sits now I find it one of the better in the garage for longer distance rides, especially now that I've got the suspension behaving like it should so it's not beating me up. I need to get my luggage better sorted out for some extended rides. Hopefully next year will be more conducive for travel, grrr.... This COVID BS is putting a cramp in my style.