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what is the best after market seat??

Hi all. I have had the new versys for a week. man the seat has to go. I have seen the mod ideas which are very intuitive. My question is which is the best after market seat? comfort wise? does the new seat get rid of the seat slope? (rides you up into the tank?) if I am going to spend the cash on a corbin or another brand...can someone tell me what they think of it if they own one? Thanks for the help!
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, the only aftermarket seat available for the V is the corbin.


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kawasaki makes a gel seat for the versys that is about an inch lower but it costs $500 bills.
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As far as off the shelf aftermarket seats are concerned, the low jell model from Kawasaki, and Corbin's seat, are the only two. There are several aftermarket custom seat makers, but they will only make a seat for you on a custom order one off basis (and charge you accordingly). I had spent some time trying to customize my seat, and now that my wife is riding passenger needed to fix her end (pun intended) too. Considering all of the time trial and error and parts cost, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Corbin. It does fix the forward sloping problem, is much more supportive, positions me better so I'm not leaning on the bars, and has given me better control of the bike. It is less expensive the the Kawasaki low jell seat (and has a leather seating surface), and is also much less expensive then the custom jobbys that are made to order. IMHO, the Corbin seat is the best choice.


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I finally had it with the seat. I thought the Air Hawk would do the trick with the stock seat but not quite. I was still pushing myself back. So I called up my dealer parts guy and I have a Corbin coming for 415 plus shipping. Should be about 25 better than I would have done going direct to Corbin and I'm helping a small dealership.
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The UK Kawasaki site shows a high-gel seat.
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HIGH GEL SEAT
A seat for the taller rider. An extra 30mm of padding produces extra legroom. Using the original seat base, this replacement seat is light, abrasion and flame resistant. Complete with an embroidered Versys logo.
While stocks last
090SEC0005
321.95
http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/product.as...Id=3404AF5ABBC

Does anyone know anything about this? Can it be purchased inside the US?

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Happy with my Corbin

All in all, I'm happy with my Corbin. I thought it was too hard at first, but now that it's broken in it feels fine. It's about five times more comfortable than the stocker, and it fixes the problem of sliding into the tank and crushing your 'nads. It also allows one to slide back about an extra inch versus the stock seat, which makes longer rides more comfortable. I found the stock seat so bad that I literally couldn't ride ten miles without being in severe discomfort.

Be prepared for the extra weight that comes with the Corbin. It's easily ten pounds heavier than the stock seat, and that weight is located up high on the bike. You will probably notice the difference in how the bike feels. Good luck, and happy riding.

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Anyone ever look into getting a Sargent seat made?
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Here's the reply one got from Sargent Cycle:

"First I would like to thank you for your interest in Sargent Cycle Products!
We did have the Versys on our development list at one point but it was removed for various reasons. Most importantly, the pan configuration is an very unusual one to say the least and making this seat level is a near impossible task. For these reasons, there are not any plans to pick up this project again in the immediate future.
We do however, have another option for our clients/potential clients seating for whom we do not currently carry a WS product for. Please take a moment to look at this link to our Custom Seat Services department; http://www.sargentcycle.com/custserv.htm. There you will find all we have to offer you and your machine to attain a Sargent quality seat custom made to your specifications on your seat pan. Keep in mind that there are some compromises to be made because of this seat pans factory design. We can improve on the level of the seat but cannot make it completely level and still maintain any amount of foam near the riser at the rear of the primary riders seat. Lowering can decrease the amount we can level this seat for the same reasons. The culprit in the seat pans design is the huge "hump" in the pan behind the primary rider that can be seen when you take the seat off and look at the pan in this area.
We have had many of our Versys riders choose to use our Custom Seat Services with the understanding that we can improve your comfort level with this seat but cannot completely meet our normal standards of level because of the seats factory design. Should you choose to use our Custom Seat Services, you may call us and speak to one of our highly qualified Custom Seat Services Representatives and they can assist you with any further questions you may have to achieve the right comfort and style for you and your machine.
Mary Pestalitz
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904-354-4531 ext 119
www.SargentCycle.com
Jacksonville, Florida"

Russell Cycle Products does list the Versys seat, starting at $470 (doesn't include seat pan):
http://www.day-long.com/new_pages/reference.html
http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...5&topic=4007.0
http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...5&topic=4174.0

Just raising the front seat mount like many of us have done is practically a free fix that eliminates the front slant problem.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t+modification

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The UK Kawasaki site shows a high-gel seat.


http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/product.as...Id=3404AF5ABBC

Does anyone know anything about this? Can it be purchased inside the US?
It's only sold in Europe, but you should be able to order it from UK:
http://www.doughackingmotorcycles.co...0&atype=sports
http://www.cmsnl.com/products/high-seat_090sec0005/
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It's only sold in Europe, but you should be able to order it from UK:
http://www.doughackingmotorcycles.co...0&atype=sports
http://www.cmsnl.com/products/high-seat_090sec0005/
if you do order it from the UK make sure the company is capable of selling it exclusive of VAT (Sales Tax) which at present will be 15%, a potential saving of around 50/US$70 . bear in mind that many countries will charge a local sales tax and or duties on the overall cost, so you could end up paying local sales tax on top of the EU/UK sales tax.

the company must be VAT registered (effectively doing in excess of 100,000 turnover).. they should have a VAT Number.
but they must also be prepared to ship ex VAT, the tax authorities like to put a few hurdles of documentation in the way of such sales so they can cream off some extra cash. often its not worth the supplier doing this as it can be relatively expensive unless they are used to what's required. At a rough guess I'd suspect a specialist parts supplier may be a better bet than a franchised dealer, btu who knows mebbe Hackings can ship ex VAT
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Best after market seat? 45.00 ebay. BMWrt 1150 comfort Gel.

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right on. That exactly what I need to know. anyone know of any discount codes for corbin?
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do you have that contact info. I would like to do the same!
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Is this seat lower like the Gel seat sold by kawi? I'm looking for a seat lower AND more comfortable but mainly lower.
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... and don't forget that you can raise the front of the stock seat and get big improvements! Mine's up 9/16".
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how would one raise the front of the stock seat? explain please.
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Do it yourself!

Hey, the above mentioned Beemer seat bought on Ebay looks great and it sounds like it works great too. If you can't find one though, it's not that hard to fix the seat yourself. Memory foam, enough to do the seat right, set me back $12. I'm looking for some gel foam locally now, but if I don't find it, I'll order some online. It's a bit more than the memory foam, but still fairly inexpensive. After seeing the seat that Neil built, and getting a chance to sit on the bike and see how comfortable it was, I knew that I'd have to try it myself. If I have time (it should be possible to do in about an hour or less, I'll try it in the morning. If not, I'll have to wait until after the rendezvous in Tennessee this weekend.

Check out the article at the bottom of the page about building your own seat in this link:
http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Seats.html

... and then spend the money you saved on a good road trip on your new, home-built and comfortable saddle.
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Is this seat lower like the Gel seat sold by kawi? I'm looking for a seat lower AND more comfortable but mainly lower.
Yes, Kawasaki sells the gel seat. I have it and it is pretty good, though not perfect. I like that it is lower, but wish it was a bit more comfortable. May add a sheepskin pad, which should be helpful...

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how would one raise the front of the stock seat? explain please.
Check for a thread (by Dallasdon ???). That piece at the rear of the tank that you put the 'tongue' of the seat under, can be raised, by using longer bolts, several more washers, and another "bridge" piece. I took a piece of scrap metal, about 5/8"w x 2 or 3"L, drilled holes at the right center to center distance, shimmed it w/ washers then attached it over the stocker. Mine's good for 9/16" which keeps me from sliding forward. I've ridden several 10+ hour days, with no big problem!
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