It's been that way for a long time (uncomfy OEM seats), hence the longevity of aftermarket seat companies like Corbin, Sargent, and all others. I think the problem is two-fold. One, I think many OEMs simply don't care about butt comfort. Two, it's called a "showroom seat", meaning that it looks good in the showroom, so it'll sell the bike. That's what they're after in the first place, right?
I hear that the Russell Day Long Seat is comfy, but can you imagine how many people couldn't bring themselves to buy a bike with a similar "looking" seat-- if it came in OEM design? I've personally learned to get past looks, for the gain of utility (thanks KLR community)
. Some people never get past aesthetics. The OEMs have to build what sells. If they get lucky and build a comfy seat, great! If not, they still score in selling a bike; and often the aftermarket seat sellers will capture a win too!
For close to 13 years, I've resorted to buying an aftermarket seat for most all of my bikes. I've accepted that it's the new norm for riding more comfortably. I also realized that it's more of a "rental" process, as I buy the seat used and then later resell it...netting little $$ loss.
Totally agree skypilot69.
I rode my 2017 Versys for 500klms on the weekend.
the longest ride I have done on the bike.
About 7-8 hours including lots of stops.
But strewth when I got home I could hardly walk.
Every part of me seemed to be aching.
Near the end of the ride I was only doing about 15 mins before I would stop.
It was hurting that much.
Great bike....but that seat...
Why is it that manufactures can't get the seat right?..they do most things really well these days.But not the seat.....