Review: Renazco Racing Seat for the KTM LC4 Adventure

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  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Last weekend I ventured up to wine country north of San Francisco to visit the notorious James aka "boejangles" Renazco. :jose

    The purposes of the visit were many: saturday I was having my bike all fixed up under warranty (et al) at Scuderia West in SF (great KTM shop - they helped me out with problems from another shop :thumb), visiting with Mrs. Popsicle's brother and his wife up yonder, and of course meeting up with James for seat building, bike wrenchin', and even a little yard work? :huh

    So before I get to the interesting part, lemme recount the journey because half the fun is just getting there... well, usually. Mrs. Pop was meeting me at Scuderia West to give me a ride to James' place and we ran into eachother at the 7th St offramp of the 80 (SF folks will know this is a bit off coming from the South Bay), well luckily we both made the same mistake cause we met up at the offramp light :D and we pulled off the road to find the route to the shop.

    I pulled up against the curb and proceeded to dismount, swinging my leg over the back before putting the bike up on the center stand (no side stand). Well as I did the bike suddenly came towards me and surprised I went to step my other foot away from the bike to brace the movement only to find the curb was up against the side of my foot! :huh So now both me and the bike are headed over and I think "Crap my leg is gonna get crushed" but pulling my leg out only finds that my food is caught on the curb as well... :eek1

    CRUNCH! Sorry no pics...

    The pain was not overwhealming but it grew. I extricate myself, get the bike up and then proceed to test my ankle more and more as Mrs. Pop comes over and asks me WTF am I doing... :lol3 Well it turns out that my ankle doesnt seem broken, just strained from being twisted between the bike and the curb and my heel was crushed by some protruding part that has left a nasty bruise and an ache deep inside that caused me to limp for a few days. I finally figure out that I had forgotten I was testing out a bicycle tail bag for the first time: my foot must have caught it swinging over the bike :cry

    Anyways, the bike gets dropped off at the shop and we head up to James' to try and forget my blunder :arg We have a nice chat with James and his wife, show off our spawn and then my wife heads over to her brother's while James and I head to the garage :evil Well I did some bike work, and James wrestled with the suede for my new seat (stuff is tough!) and explained his saddle work. We exchanged stories and lies and laughs (James is a very nice fella) and had a good time... am I taking too long here?

    OK, ok, after getting completely drenched in the East Bay on the way home (better than the tornado that was crossing the penninsula :nod) here is the bike with the new seat:

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    note the slope is almost completely gone :thumb I am 6'4" or more and I can deal with height, but I can't deal with pulling my ginch outa my butt every hour!

    It kinda reminds me of the rallye's seat, here is my comparison blend of the 640a and the 660r:
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    well its messy, but note the seat differences. I was surprised that the 660r isn't that much taller - guess they made the 640a slope to accomodate shorter folks. I think that it makes the bike uncomfortable...

    But no longer thanks to the Renazco Racing Custom Seat by Ronco! :huh
    (actually not by Ronco... and no animals were harmed in the making of this post :jump sorry, 3 hours of baby crying has got me a bit looney)

    Another shot of the lack of slope (sorry about the blur):
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    Anyways, the shaping is excellent! As you can see James all but filled in the slope. He also widened the rear portion of the saddle while keeping the front narrow :thumb

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    Baby's got back! :evil
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    But not overly so like those "cupped" cruiser seats I have seen on some bikes:
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    What more do you need to know? Several types of foam, all sealed up waterproof underneath the THICK suede that is backed where sewn (I saw much of the assembly and was lectured about types of foam profusely :arg :lol3 Just kidding James, I appreciated the schooling! :D).

    The ride home was about 2 hours of freeway drag (I-880 :puke2) and my seating didn't bother me a bit! I usually tighten my thighs occasionally to let the blood thru on the old seat - I didn't find myself doing this as often. :D I did some standing and the front is great - no problems. With the suede grip will not be a problem.

    Black suede with orange stitching - a good combo for the 03 I think. Thanks again James!!! :freaky
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  2. Mack

    Mack Gone, but never forgotten. RIP, Mack...

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    looks great! :thumb :thumb
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  3. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    And the longer you ride... the more you appriciate it. Give James a big wet :smooch for me.

















    Looks just like mine... but ah, blacker. :lol3
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  4. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Looks great Meat :thumb Bike is looking good as well.

    What is up with the green sticker? Do you need it to ride state parks?
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  5. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Thanks Passmore! I guess I dont' need to ride state/county parks but there is one or two close and I need the practice. I only hit them up at first opening for an hour or so because the MXers are showing up and getting suited up. Those boys are park hogs! :lol3 Plus dual registration is only $35 a year - support your OHV system!
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  6. meat popsicle

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    you going grey then? Maybe two tone?
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    :poser :poser

    They have a geat way of doing that don't they? I was working on my bike in the garage which is attached to the house. Bike fell over pinning me under it. I could just reach a ratchet handle which I used to bang on the wall to get the attention of Mrs KTiM who was in the house. After what seemed like an age of banging I gave up and pulled my leg out causing even more pain.

    Limped into the house to ask why Mrs KTiM hadn't come to my rescue but before I could say anything was told "Can you make less noise banging in the garage - I'm trying to watch TV and it's starting to annoy me!!" :eek1
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  8. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    Here's another vote for James' work. More slope than Meat's (for my 32" inseam), but real comfy...

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  9. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    I was under the (misguided?) impression that if your bike was licensed (i.e. - license plate), then no green sticker is needed? True or no? I have not ridden a sttate place but likely will so I would like to be prepped prior...
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  10. meat popsicle

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    good point - not sure what dual registration is for then... :dunno you can call Hollister Hills or Carnegie or some OHV park and ask.
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    maybe we need a thread of such nonsense? be real therapeudic... :nod
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  12. BlitzBike

    BlitzBike LC4 Pilot

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    Wow that appears to be fatter at the back than my boejangles. Maybe I need a second seat for those REALLY long tours.
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  13. creeper

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    It's the latest version... the super touring model (or something like that). A little more support, but not so much that it gets in the way in "da doit". :D
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  14. AFekete

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    Looks great with the skid plate :lol3

    James does great work. :thumb

    -A
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    that's a hint.

    (ahem) hiya boss! the bike was finally fixed - picked it up saturday eve. sunday was a work day with james and we didnt get to ride :cry

    I will have to try to get somewhere to finish that skidplate review ASAP. Easter weekend is full of family so... I am doing the best I can here. too long eh? :ear
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  16. AFekete

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    That seat looks great though! Do your best.. that's all I need.

    Did James do a gel insert for you as well?

    -A
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  17. Jean-Luc

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    I concur :nod He's the only one I know in the USA who really understand how to make a good seat for a Dual-Sport use!
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  18. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    PHEW! I really do feel bad about it taking so long. Not my choice though (KTM parts inventory tracking sucked - hope the new system fixes that problem!).

    Plus, I really do want to see what I can come up with for testing, besides high centering on roadway medians and piling thru city roadway plantings :huh :lol3 not nearly as fun as searching for off road obstacles, especially if I get caught! : :mulie

    No gel insert for me - he talked me outa it. I suppose he can pipe in here anytime and discuss that if he likes; I'd rather not speak for the man. Why do you like gel inserts Andrew? :ear
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  19. BlitzBike

    BlitzBike LC4 Pilot

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    Yeah, mine works fine as ninety percent of my riding is an hour at a stretch but, if I was gonna ride to the moon, that super wide touring rear portion looks to be the ticket. Looks like I'll be springing for another version sometime.
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  20. GODSPEED

    GODSPEED finger lickin' good

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    Hey Chris, is your renazco seat lower than when your seat was stock? I have a super low seat which is great for the dirt, but nicht sehr guht for long road stretches.

    I have thought about buying an airhawk to use for long stretches, but everyon raves about James' seats.
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