Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat
II bought this seat to have the option to switch out from my Russell for the dirt, still breaking it in (1500mi.) but I really like it! Great on the twisty's too ,you can really hang off. Good buy!
November 28, 2013
I got this seat because my tail bone was aching after long rides on my R1200GS. In that regard, it works well, relieving the pressure on my tailbone. But other than that, I'm not that happy with it. It's actually a fairly hard seat, and I have rode several thousand miles on it, hoping it would break in and soften up, but it really hasn't. When you combine the channel in the middle, with the fact that it is a bit more narrow than the stock seat, you end up sitting on what feels like two hard rails. This is definitely not a long distance, in the saddle, seat. Luckily I spend as much time as I can standing on the pegs, thus have learned to deal with its hardness. The stock seat is actually more cushioning, and being bigger, it disperses your weight out over a larger area. The suede covering also retains moisture a lot more than the stock seat. If it left out in the rain, getting it dry takes some time. If you're riding in the rain, it seems to draw in the rain and hold it there, like sitting on a damp sponge. It is well constructed, sturdy and fits well.
November 25, 2013
Saddleman low for R1200GS
This seat is a little wider than stock. Although sold as a "low" seat, because of the width, the reach is about the same as the stock seat on low position. It is definitely a lot more comfortable, though, and I am very satisfied with the purchase.
November 11, 2013
Dissappointment with the Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat for the Honda XR650L
First, let me note this review is only for the Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat for the Honda XR650L. Saddlemen may make excellent seats for other makes and models, but I found their XR650L saddle was not comfortable for me. I am a 6 foot tall male weighing 195 pounds with extensive dual sport riding experience, including riding the length of Baja. Also, let me stress that RevZilla Motorsports did an excellent job of processing my order, packaging the product, and delivering the product quickly; however, the Saddlemen seat itself did not perform as expected and left me very disappointed. When I unboxed the Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat, it was apparent that it was constructed of good quality materials and had a sturdy design. It was very easy to align and mount onto my 2003 Honda XR650L and had no issues with fit around my oversized IMS fuel tank. Unfortunately, this seat proved to be nearly as painful as the stock seat after a couple hours in the saddle and I spent the last 30-minutes of my 4-hour dual sport ride standing on the pegs as I rode back into the city through dense urban traffic, rather than sit on the new saddle. For a comfortable perch, this saddle needs to be shaped like the seats offered for the XR650L from Corbin, Fisher Saddlebags, Seat Concepts, and Renazco. All of those saddle are narrow near the tank, to allow you to rail through the berms, but then flare outward to around 11" to provide suitable posterior padding for long stretches of asphalt. If you are looking for a gel saddle for short stints of aggressive track and trail riding with a duration of less than 1-hour, this narrow saddle may be right for your application. Sadly, I will end up throwing out this saddle and purchasing one from a manufacture with more experience with dual sport motorcycle riding design. Pity.
July 22, 2013
This is not a finished product
I did buy this seat after review from the web. After 12,000miles, I'm quite disappointed to the point that I might rework the seat myself during the winter months. THe main issues are:
1) Seat does not lock easily and securely. I have to really force it in place to have it locked. And even that, it unlock itself on two occasions.
2) The shape of the seat does not answer to down slope that push you down and against the fuel tank. It is better than OEM seat but still not good.
3) The material, when it rain is acting like a sponge and stay wet for long hours, even when it did stop raining. Material does not age very well either.
4) When it rain, the central channel is a wonderful pond to raise fish.
Therefore, you are better saving that money and have the original seat re-worked.
August 26, 2013
Very comfortable seat
Very comfortable seat, much better than stock, does not push the rider forward.
Not so good:
There are some wrinkles in the area where suede section is attached to vinyl - annoying defect in otherwise great looking seat. The fit on the motorcycle is not as good as the stock seat, probably will require some modifications to the front tongues.
Overall, would definitely recommend to any long distance rider, just tested it myself on 3000 km ride.
August 12, 2013
This product looks good but.........
Seat was good quality and really looks good. but fitment was less that I expected for the price, advertised to fit a DL650 2004 to 2012 but on my DL650 2006 it did not fit the tank leaving a gap between the seat and tank and large gaps on sides of seat exposing the bike frame.so did not look good on bike,
July 1, 2013
Good looking saddle; but uncomfortable for me
I have had this saddle for some time and have waited to see if a longer break in would help. The main thing that I was looking for was greater comfort in the seat for my R1200 GSA. This seat does not do that for me. I think I get about the same distance out of this seat as I do for my stock seat. I am a heavy (240 lbs).
I am inseam challenged and I have a tall bike, so I was worried that this seat would raise me too high in the saddle. I found that for me that was not the case. In the low setting, I actually believe that I might be a little lower than the stock seat.
I didn't trash the rating for this seat because it is well constructed, looks awesome, and it fits the bike great. The saddleman folks have really created a nice seat. For others; this might work great.
The only additional comment; it gets VERY hot in direct sunlight. So much so I had to stand on the pegs for a few minutes to let some air flow over it to cool down. I am going to try and towel or something next time I take it to work where there isn't any shade.
June 24, 2013