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Waiting for the 650 LT to arrive and in the pictures I have seen the seat slopes toward the tank. Terribly uncomfortable on my old bike and I wonder if you have experienced this on previous year Versys. Can you live with it or maybe an aftermarket seat? I know you can't decide for me, but generally speaking, how do you find it?
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i have a 08 with stock seat and i really dont see what every one complains about, the stock seat is fine , yes it leans forward a bit but i dont find it that big of a deal..

but i also came from a bike with a leather wrapped peace of sheet metal for a seat
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I think all the versys have a eat that slopes like this...why? Who knows. I Ordered a Seat Concepts kit, in +1 firmness I like HARD saddles, and problem solved. Took the bike from being a PITA after 20-30 minutes to an all day rider. And at $169.00 there's jingle left over for a couple of cold ones! I also want to say the quality is superb on their products and if you send them the base they can do the install for a modest price.

http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/K...rsys/p/8826177

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I went through quite a few seats on the Versys. Save yourself some time and money and get the Seat Concepts Kit...

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I think all the versys have a eat that slopes like this...why? Who knows. I Ordered a Seat Concepts kit, in +1 firmness I like HARD saddles, and problem solved. Took the bike from being a PITA after 20-30 minutes to an all day rider. And at $169.00 there's jingle left over for a couple of cold ones! I also want to say the quality is superb on their products and if you send them the base they can do the install for a modest price.

http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/K...rsys/p/8826177
The stock seat was not working for me, even "spencer" modded as it was when I got it. Now have the SC foam/cover kit on it, also +1 in firmmess. I like the shape, height and flatness over the stocker/spencer a lot. I also recommend it to the OP, but skip the firmer foam. It's too hard. I regret asking for that.

Now - mostly for long days - I'm trying to decide between:
1. $160.. airhawk (which I have no experience with.. just know that a lot of long riders swear by 'em) Proven way to go but as expensive as the SC seat kit. Also it's just one more strap-on thing to deal with.

2. $30.. pull back the cover, cut a recess into the SC foam, install a gelpad, recover. This would be cheaper, integrated, and may be good enough. Previous experience with gel was not good in the summer sun as the gel holds heat. I have a sheepskin pad to put on top that might mitigate the heat problem.

3. $0. drill a pattern of ~5mm evenly spaced holes into the foam to lessen the density in the butt-contact area. seems like it might work..

any opinions between these?
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I've tried many combinations. AirHawk R is the best of all.

If you need to be lower, remove the OEM foam after the first six inches to the back of the rider portion - then put the AirHawk R on top.

If seat height is not a problem, simply put the AirHawk R on and enjoy a comfortable ride.
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My seat does not slope forward the only mods I have made was to have the section under my legs made wider for more support.
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The stocker killed me. I went with the Baldwin Cafe' seat and it is incredibly comfy. Night and day for me.

I'll get some pics up and a review as soon as I get a chance.
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The stock seat is horrible.
It slopes forward bad.
It needs to be 2" higher in the front.
I have been using an AirHawk for several years and it really helps.

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I used an Airhawk on my old bike very sucessfully after flattening the seat. Still have the Airhawk and I will put it to use again. Thanks for the info!!
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[QUOTE=Gatorfan;746794]The stocker killed me. I went with the Baldwin Cafe' seat and it is incredibly comfy. Night and day for me.

Ditto
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that's all you need to know. get the big one 14x18, often found used if you don't wan't to pay retail.
Ok I'll try that. Tired of being cheapskate with a sore butt.
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It is way too expensive to get a custom seat done in Australia from reputable seat maker = AU$400. which is about the same cost of shipping a Seat Concepts seat foam and cover here.

I'm a cheap bastard with a fat ass.
I borrow a mates Airhawk 2 medium ... works really well and fits the Versys seat nicley.
Just going to have to ponie up $$$ when I have to do a long ride with him :lol: and buy my own!

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Terry Adcock seat. Look him up and look at the pictures. Wonderful seat. 300-500 mile rides are easy. He can make it anyway you want. Best mod yet.
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Terry Adcock seat. Look him up and look at the pictures. Wonderful seat. 300-500 mile rides are easy. He can make it anyway you want. Best mod yet.
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Had no issue with the stocker. the slight slope forward kinda helps, especially for my kind of "agressive" riding.

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Ok I'll try that. Tired of being cheapskate with a sore butt.
Found a used airhawk R on ebay for $50. covers a little faded, otherwise good to go according to seller.

So I'm still a cheapskate, but hopefully without the sore butt now.
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I needed a lower seat..and even though there are a couple of good upholsterers here in the Portland area..I went with a Sargeant's Seat...I can ride around 4 hours before my butt starts to complain...for grip I put on a TechSpec seat pad (no more mashed nads)...The upholsterers charge around 150-200 bucks to redo the seat with seat material of your choice (generally)...They could've lowered my stock seat also..but I wanted to keep it as is for future resale...ask around at your local motorcycle shops for someone in your area...

http://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Ac...wasaki-Versys/

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Corbin

Due to the slightly sloping forward stance of the seat and being 6'4" I went with the Corbin. Flat at the front, and a little firm for support.

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Corbin. Had them build the seat an 1 1/2" taller and move the 'bucket' back 1". Perfect for my 6'2". No additional charge.
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