"New" DR650 owner. Seat options?... NOT CORBIN !!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bremsstrahlung, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Bremsstrahlung

    Bremsstrahlung Reformed Pod Person

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    Hey Folks,
    Just purchaced a new '06 DR650. :thumb I had an '02 in the past, so It's actually my second DR. With that said, I had a Corbin on the last one in '02 and turned out that I never used it. Never really liked it and at the time my commute was only 18 miles one way. The gel was fine. Now, however, my commute is 35 miles one way and I want all day comfort, and the gel seat ain't cutting it like it used to. Good for weekend off-roading, but not commuting.
    So, my problem is that I really don't want another Corbin... I mean why would I? I had one already and didn't like it. It seems that nowadays being 5'9" and 150lbs witha bony butt puts me in the vast minority... which means all the love and glory slathered on the Corbin isn't helping me --- I simply don't weigh enough or have enough width in the ass to overcome the Corbin's firmness... no matter how long it needs to "break in". Besides, it seems that many just ran out and bought one "'cause thats what everyone else is doing."
    Soooo... calling all DR650 owners with Russell, Renzaco or one of the Mayers, or any solution, with bony butts. We gotta stick together in the ever "increasing" world around us!! Show me what you got, why you like it or don't, how much it weighs, how long you've sat on it in a stretch, etc, etc...
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  2. rous44

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  3. montanajoe

    montanajoe Love to ride

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    I still have the stock seat, but I'm putting in my order for a Renazco. He makes the seat based on body weight, inseam, and riding style. He could probably make you a seat that works for you, and is more comfortable than a Corbin. The waiting list, however, is all the way into November.
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  4. Whitebone

    Whitebone Been here awhile

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    Just got a Sept 3rd date from Renazco two weeks ago but Chris is building it not James.
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  5. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I would seriously consider a Renazco seat.
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  6. bumpathump

    bumpathump Been here awhile

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    Brem -

    After 1800+ miles on the oem saddle, it and my 5' 9", 140 pound bony butt are slowing becoming friends. I don't think we will ever be intimate, but we are coming to an understanding.

    I have had several saddles refoamed and recovered by a local upholsterer. If the oem saddle and I don't cut it, I will take the saddle to him. You might consider doing the same with someone in your area.

    Good luck.

    Rick
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  7. turbocity tom

    turbocity tom Been here awhile

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    I have had several seats updated by spencer at http://www.greatdaytoride.com/

    Both of my DR seats are done and it made a hugh difference in the length of time you can ride.

    He replaces the foam and reshapes it to fit better. It looks completely stock when he's done. Best of all He only charges $75.00 and his service is first rate.


    Thanks Tom
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  8. Frontpointer1000

    Frontpointer1000 Chillin' like a villain

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    Just placed an order with Rick Mayer - I ride an '03 F650GS. I am 5'9" and 150 lbs soaking wet. I do a lot of riding in the cold weather so I am also having Rick's team put in a heating element - one of the carbon fiber kind. I got the start date as Sept 11th. They want me to ship the seat on Sept 4th and said they will take 7-10 days total. So I will be seatless for about two weeks. I was quoted $277.10 (including shipping) which includes a 10% discount for being an MOA member. Including shipping my pan, which should cost about 20-30 bucks and the purchase of the heating element (about $70 bucks), the total price will be about $370.00. The price hurts, but my butt won't.

    PS - last summer I did a few thousand miles on my KLR down to Mexico and back over a week, and after that little trip, I have been promising myself I would get a good saddle regardless of what bike I am on.
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  9. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    The Renazco was the best money I've spent on the DR. It was made on the stock pan so it fits up against the IMS tank. Unlike the Mayer and Corbin, it narrows at the top so you can stand on the pegs without the seat getting in the way. I've done several 350+ mile days on it with no issues.
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  10. Bremsstrahlung

    Bremsstrahlung Reformed Pod Person

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    Yes !! I knew the call to fellow bony butt riders would be answered! Perhaps we should get some sort of "bat-signal" for help amongst ourselves in the future. ( Methinks a silhoutte of Nicole Richie would do ) :lol3

    http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:MtxDYw-n-EuFUM:http://www.fresnobeehive.com/archives/upload/2006/12/nicole-richie-beach-01.jpg


    The Mayer looks really, really nice and is the one I've been leaning to.. a big 'ol tractor seat like I had on a Harley once. How much does it raise you up on the bike? Can it be ordered built as low as possible or is it one general design that is for everyone? How about off roading on it? How much is the reach to the ground affected at red lights?

    Right now on my Wee I have a gel seat that I modified myself. I removed the gel pad and carved it down untill appx 1 inch or so of the stock foam was left in places making a wide flat saddle of the stock foam... and it works awesome for me with the Alaska leather ontop. Point is, being of the Bony Butt market segment, we have less "gravitational pull" then everyone else :D , so 1 inch or so of stock foam is apparantly fine without bottoming on the pan, as long as the load is spread as wide as possible. I've done an IBA ride on that seat with no issues. Will Mayer build something like that?

    Which brings me to my second choice, the Renazco. I want to believe in that seat, but it dosent look like the 100% all-day improvement I want. It seems narrow like the current gel I have. Five responses suggested it, but only one person actually has it on the bike at the moment. ( who did 350+ mile days, however. :thumb ) Can you pick your riding position forward or rear? The Mayer seems to lock you into one rearward position. Also, I like the idea that Renazco asks you body weight when ordering, and it is more narrow up front. Does it raise you on the bike? I like the lowness of the current gel seat on the DR for the easy reach to the ground, smaller windscreen it accomodates and the lower CG it provides while riding. Could a Renazco be ordered low?

    One last thought when comparing the Mayer to the Renazco. The Mayer looks to give the rider a flat seating surface, while the Renazco still seems have you sitting on an uphill slope,like the Suzuki gel does... causing a hot spot in the aft ass section near the tailbone. ( on the gel ) Could you guys post pics of your Mayer and Renazco in profile on the bike? ( On a centerstand or with the camera angled in such a way to show flat across the top of the seat as it would be during riding? ) It would help seeing the thickness and final riding position they have.

    C'mon now... I know it's a PITA... don't make me whip out the "Richie Signal"... it's disturbing ) :eek1

    And, for turbo tom, modding the stock seat to have it the same shape makes me nervous. I am a firm believer in width and lowness.

    Thanks for the advise so far. Is helpful. Anyone have opinions on the Airhawk? I'm willing to try it, but it would suck to drop $150 on the thing only to find it's not the 100% answer, then spring for a custom seat in the end anyway... which, in effect made my custom seat cost $150 more.
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  11. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard If I don't answer I'm ridin' or shootin' Supporter

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    Sorry, can't get to the specific smugmug pics I want through w**k servers, but there are more than a few pics of a bike with a Rich's Custom Seat (truly custom, order it anyway you want) and a Sargent "modified" seat at my smugmug account, baggitard.smugmug.com/motorcycles (I hope that's the address). Go to the pics of "Two Baghira's" and it's mine and my best friends bikes from all angles. Hope this gives you some more good ideas.:D

    try this..

    https://baggitard.smugmug.com/gallery/2963248#160216724
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  12. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    NO PORN!! haven't you learnt anything around here ? :evil

    What does that Rick Mayer seat weigh??? tell me quick while my adrenaline is up

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  13. montanajoe

    montanajoe Love to ride

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    The Ranazco can be ordered any way you want. You tell them what you want, they build it. I have discussed my seat on the phone with them, and they are going to build me something very similar to the Corbin, without all the width in front so I can still move forward and stand with ease when riding in the dirt. I don't know anything about Mayer saddles, but I do know that Renazco is the real deal. Look up their website, or give them a call and ask them about it.
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  14. rous44

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    To answer your questions about the Rick Mayer seat:

    - Don't put too much emphasis on the "shape" of my seat. This is a custom made seat; he will build it any way you want it.
    - The weight of the seat is the same or a little less than the stock seat.
    - It will fit either the stock tank or the IMS, just like the stock one.
    - I would suggest buying a used stock seat to send in for the build. You can pick up a good one for less than $30 and you won't be without a seat during construction.
    - You may notice mine is thin at the front for standing off road, and has a large and supporting sitting area for long distance work. This was my specification. Maybe not the prettiest thing, but it sure works. You may have a different thought.
    - You can also request the seat be higher or lower than stock.

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  15. Bremsstrahlung

    Bremsstrahlung Reformed Pod Person

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    Awesome! Thanks for answering the call you guys. What kind of foam is Mayer and Renazco using? I can only assume it's softer than the plaster and clay slab Corbin uses? Has anybody been able to directly compare Corbin against these two?
    Bony butts and Corbin's uber-firm foam choice don't seem to work together. We need the foam to give in different depths across the seating area.
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  16. racer 07

    racer 07 Lock & Load

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    I have 2 DR650's. 1Corbin, a little lower & wider than stock, good for 250 miles. 1 Corbin wider dished, good for 300 miles. Try a custom built bead seat overlay from beadrider.com. Tried one for the last 2000miles and don't want to get off the bike! Only $35 to $45+ shipping. + you can use this on different bikes. Cheap investment. Some guy on here builds them from taxie driver seats from k-mart or some where but if your time is worth anything just order online,take 2 minutes to install and go ride. Try it, you'll like it.:nod
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  17. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Picture! we want pictures!!!

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  18. Bremsstrahlung

    Bremsstrahlung Reformed Pod Person

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    I've heard good things about those beaded seat overlays. I bought one from Autozone and tried it on the Suzuki gel seat... but actually made things worse. Made the edges of the narrow seat more pronounced. However, I'm sure that beads on a wide seat make things better.... but not perhaps for bony butts.
    With that said, it kinda sucks that a $300 Corbin needs additional enhancements to make it acceptable for a 300 miler.
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  19. yater

    yater Long timer

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    I've done 600+ miles on the corbin without trouble. Anyone who can't do 300mi on that seat needs a different bike.
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