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I love my versys, but hate the stock seat!

I have been researching everything but still not convinced to take a chance with any one idea. It doesnt help that I have a small spending budget for this change.

Has anyone tried the Astech seat insert?

Please share your success stories.
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What was your last bike?
Honda Goldwing?

Try the corbin seat
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i got my seat "spencerized" for a total cost of $130 and i am very happy with it.
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For me it was deciding how much money I wanted to throw at it to 'fix' it. If you have the dollars, spencer or baldwin are excellent alternatives, for a bit more, corbin, the kawi gel seat, and others. If not, the DIY mods work, are cheap, and if you're talented are just as good.

The seat foam can be modifed and the cover stretched back over. Cost can be just a few dollars for some smoothing foam, a memory foam or gel insert, and some monel staples. I couldn't be more pleased with how mine turned out, and it still looks entirely factory done.

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It was a GSXR 600. Never had problems with the seat.
Sure hope the next one is a Goldwing.
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Seats are an individual thing. What one person likes, another may not. The only bikes I've been on recently that had worse seats (for my butt) than the Vs are KTM's. All of the above listed options are valid. There is also the Russell Day Long seat for about $325. I haven't sat on one, but they look about like a sofa! The corbins are good seats, but they are hard. Again, it's preference, but for me a hard seat is better than a soft seat. The soft seats kinda work up in your butt and make it a bit harder to move around. The hard seats are just the opposite.

Best thing you can do is try to find locals that have some of the different seats and see if they will let you sit on them a short while. That way you can get an idea of what you like.
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My previous little hardtail bobber had a steel seat, leather cover, no padding. Do you think I mind the Versys seat one bit?

The fun of these toy bikes is in the build and customizing. I had about 2000 miles on it when I sold it.

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+1 on getting the seat "Spencerized", cost effective and much more comfortable.
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+1 on getting the seat "Spencerized". Cost effective, and much more comfortable.
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My plan is to try the various do-it-myself mods to figure out what I want and I figure if I really screw it up the pan goes to Baldwin. What the heck. Weather is still too sucky to ride much so might as well play.

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Baldwin does great work. My butt still gets sore, though. But I think that's just because I am supplying very little of my own padding.

On a somewhat related note, my seat and the photos I took of it ended up on the Baldwin website (scroll down and look for the yellow background):

http://www.motorbikesaddles.com/Photos.htm
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Yet another seat source....

http://www.fishersaddlebags.com/seats.html
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Objectuser, great look and thanks for the easy link! That have gel?
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Objectuser, great look and thanks for the easy link! That have gel?
Yes, gel is in there.
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64$? less? more?
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64$? less? more?
For the whole seat? Quite a bit more! I think people have posted approximate pricing around the site (including me). But it's several hundred dollars, and mine was a bit more because it was a special order.
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Question

The seat with the yellow background looks like a single seat. Did you change your seat from a rider and pillion, to just a seat for a rider?


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On a somewhat related note, my seat and the photos I took of it ended up on the Baldwin website (scroll down and look for the yellow background):

http://www.motorbikesaddles.com/Photos.htm
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The seat with the yellow background looks like a single seat. Did you change your seat from a rider and pillion, to just a seat for a rider?
I see what you mean. Not the pictures that have a yellow background coloring, but rather the pictures where you see a yellow car in the background. Really, it's the only pictures with an actual Versys. That's mine.
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I went the way of Spencer's seat mod and have been very happy with it. The price was reasonable, especially compared to a Baldwin, Corbin etc and the difference is very apparant. I can ride pain free for several hous now where before I had enough after 30-45 minutes.
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