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 ), 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 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... 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 Anyways, the bike gets dropped off at the shop and we head up to James' to try and forget my blunder 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 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 ) here is the bike with the new seat: note the slope is almost completely gone 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: 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 sorry, 3 hours of baby crying has got me a bit looney) Another shot of the lack of slope (sorry about the blur): 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 Baby's got back! But not overly so like those "cupped" cruiser seats I have seen on some bikes: 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 Just kidding James, I appreciated the schooling! ). The ride home was about 2 hours of freeway drag (I-880 ) 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. 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!!!