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Just installed a Tall versys seat for the 2010

Following advices found on this very forum, I ordered a Tall Versys seat for the 2010 from Baldwin Motorbike Saddles. The other popular seat here is the Corbin, but I am not a big fan of the Corbin seat look.

I have to admit that I was very impressed with the quality of the Baldwin seat: The material is very sturdy, the assembly is impeccable and the look is awesome. My first rxn when I opened the box was: wow, that is a professional piece of work.

At 524$ (with the gel option), it is a bit pricy. But for me, at 6'2" and 34" inseam, it's not really an option: I have ridiculously long legs and the stock seat was killing me. Once you sit on the Baldwin seat, the 1st thing you notice, as advertised, is the neutral (leveled) riding position: no more humping the tank every time you break. It is 1 inch higher and got 1 inch more clearance in the back, so it's perfect for tall rider. As for the price, if you change your bike every 2 years, might not be an option. But I am cheap, so that's why I bought it (meaning I keep my stuff until they disintegrates).

Sorry for the photo quality (my garage lighting was too much for my camera).

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It looks great! And comfy!!!



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@ Mac029, Even with a 4" shorter inseam than yours, I feel that if my legs had more room to go further down by a couple of inches, the bike would get much more comfy, so I can imagine your situation. The seat to peg ratio is a bit on the short side.

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It does look inviting.....and I LIKE the factory saddle. (6'-2",183#,35" inseam).
Go figure. Maybe I'm just Limber. Or, perhaps I just don't have anything to compare it too.
Food for thought.
As for the 'Baldwin', Now that's a nice piece of craftsmanship.
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Nice looking saddle! Hope it works well for you.

Pet peeve of mine...I hate when manufacturers sew in their brand name tag in a way that you cannot remove it. That alone would cause me not to buy it. I like the clean look.

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Awesome! I just modified my seat based on another thread recommandation, if i can't make it confortable enough will consider the Baldwind seat for sure.

Did anyone took place on the passenger seat yet? Was this confortable?
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That looks great! I too have a 2010 and am also 6'2" with 34" inseam. I just ordered an Alaska Butt Pad. I do not yet have many miles on it so I can not really comment on the level of improvement. Initial impressions are that it exacerbates the sliding forward problem due to reduced friction between my butt and the pad.

Please keep us posted on on the comfort level as you put some miles on it. I have had a Corbin in the past(on a Bandit 1200) that I was fairly happy with but really like the look of your seat and the extra room it provides would be awesome.
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Pet peeve of mine...I hate when manufacturers sew in their brand name tag in a way that you cannot remove it. That alone would cause me not to buy it. I like the clean look.
That irritates the hell out of me too. I remember when it used to be just the leather patch on jeans (and even though it was under the belt, I used to take it off) — Then came “Designer Jeans”... and now EVERYBODY puts their name tag on EVERYTHING!

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Seat look great and $ too.
So far happy with Mod- Stock seat.Thanks for sharing.
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"Did anyone took place on the passenger seat yet? Was this confortable?"

Not yet. But based on the feel of the material, it looks like they put the same gel pad all the way back.

Like someone said, I'll give it a few hundred miles and report back on the improvement.

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Pet peeve of mine...I hate when manufacturers sew in their brand name tag in a way that you cannot remove it. That alone would cause me not to buy it. I like the clean look.
I bet Loren would do the seat exactly like you want: sans brand patch. It's a custom seat each time. He'll talk to you about it personally. He'd probably put your name there if you wanted it.
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Seat "break-in"

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Good choice. the seat will feel even better in a week
Well, surprisingly enough, this is actually true. There is such a thing as a "break-in" period for the seat. After a good 200K miles since I switched to the Baldwin seat, it definitely feels much more comfortable.

Highly recommended, even at this price. (you actually pay for the rarity of the accessories supply, something Kawi has definitely dropped the ball on...)

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if any one is curious if the leather upgrade is worth the price its a simple "Hell Yes"

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I am 6'1" 205 lbs 34" inseam, haven't bought the bike yet, waiting to sell my car. Who can comment on the gel insert? carbon fiber weave? and I assume leather is a garage only option.

Planning on the 09 Candy Lime Green as a daily commuter.
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I am 6'1" 205 lbs 34" inseam, haven't bought the bike yet, waiting to sell my car. Who can comment on the gel insert? carbon fiber weave? and I assume leather is a garage only option.

Planning on the 09 Candy Lime Green as a daily commuter.

The gel insert works well for me. I guess that all the foam will feel identical to the custom in terms of firmness (that is without the gel), because there is only so many foam density that exists out there. You still get the seat angle and the higher or lower setting with the custom, but I am guessing that you wont notice a difference in comfort unless you get the gel.

Hope this helps.
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I am 6'1" 205 lbs 34" inseam, haven't bought the bike yet, waiting to sell my car. Who can comment on the gel insert? carbon fiber weave? and I assume leather is a garage only option.

Planning on the 09 Candy Lime Green as a daily commuter.
I have the tall seat with leather and its in the garage at night but in the hot texas sun during the day without any issues i treat it with lexol leather conditioner once a week just wipe it on the seat your done.

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I have the same tall seat. It's a quality piece and Loren is great to deal with.
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hmmm, the leather one does look nicer IMO.

of course i already own the corbin seatback and have like the corbins in the past. my vstrom seat by corbin may have been the single most comfy seat i ever had. the stock tiger seat was pretty good also, never thought to change it.
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