Join Date: May 2016
Location: 50 miles W of Deals Gap
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Bikes are very sensitive to individual setup and use.
I did over 30,000 miles on a middleweight cruiser with a good Mustang saddle and pegs, no issues. But took 10,000 miles to get my position dialed in and learn how to let my feet roam around. Stock seat and position was hell.
Versys (which I don't ride much) stock seat, not much to write home about. Make friends with that tank!! Now has wider aftermarket plus air ventilation / no slip pad. Much better, very intuitive position. I would need a bit more bar rise and reach, just a little bit. Mrs. Toaster is well fitted now.
Another ADV bike, my VStrom 1000, custom Sargent seat, no slip pad, and I need the bars up at least an inch. Kinks my back. Even the 1/8" I got with washers made a big difference. Exactly where the bars are for balance is the difference between post-ride creaky back and effortless miles, as little as 1/2" in bar position. Being able to pull up on the seat a bit, or push back also makes great difference.
Most comfy and easiest to ride by far is my current cruiser, Guzzi California 1400. Took lots of adjustments, still coming along. 2" ROX to raise the bars, reroute the clutch hydraulic line to do that, air hawk and no slip on the seat to get the rise. Can move about 2" fore and aft without any trouble on the seat, maybe more. Can run a back rest. Can lean back and have feet well up on the floorboards, or go straight armchair with end of heel just leaving floorboard, or toes on back edge of floorboard (best for twisties) and for a rest on the highway, heels hooked on the passenger pegs. That kind of variety is what really makes a difference on a cruiser. Locked in on a stock seat without setup is always hell!
So I don't think there is simply comfy or not. It's how it's set and how it's used.
Dr. Toaster: Guzzi 1400 California, VStrom 1000
Mrs. Toaster: 2009 Versys 650
Located 50 miles W of Deals Gap aka Dragon