Sargent Seat Suzuki V-Strom DL650 / DL1000
Way better then stock DL1000 seat
While my high dollar "custom" fit seat is off for it's third fitting round, I needed a seat for a trip. Frankly I went with Sargent over Corbin because Revzilla carried it, so I knew returning it would be no hassle. The seat seems very well made, though the front does not lay down flush against the tank; a minor aesthetic issue. I just took it on a three day 1300+ mile ride, no back side issues at all (the stock seat would have been a disaster). Had I started with this seat I doubt I would have spent the money for the previously mentioned "custom" seat.
October 28, 2013
What an amazing difference!
A year prior to buying this seat I road from Tucson to Ouray, Co and ended up putting about 1,000 miles on my stock seat in 2 days. Within the first 150 miles I found myself shifting my position constantly for the remaining 850 miles never finding a comfortable sitting position and truly felt like my vstrom wasn't the long range bike I thought it would be. Not giving up on it I pursued a new seat and read several reviews. My criteria:
Long range comfort
Single rider position
Addition support over more surface area
Price to performance ratio
Not willing to send my stock seat out for custom rebuilding
It did not take many miles on my last trip back to Ouray through Moab and Canyonlands to understand how critical seat comfort was to enjoying the ride. This seat was so a,amazingly comfortable I rode extensive hours (up to 10/leg) without needing to rest.
I am 6' @ 180 lbs which might be a sweet spot for this seat as it fit me like my favorite pair of perfectly comfortable jeans that I have worn for years. They truly made you feel like you were floating on air.
I would highly recommend this seat over stock. I can't compare to other manufacturers as I didn't try them but this was a trip saver for me! It might have even saved my bike from being replaced.
BTW- I cannot rate durability as it is only 1 month new. I am sure it will be very durable over many many miles.
Thank you Sargent! I now love my Vstrom.
October 14, 2013
Sargent has this old Sergeant riding longer
After long days in the saddle on the original DL1000 seat I would have shooting pain in my back. I modified the seat and it bought me a little more time in the seat. I wanted more, as in all day. I haven't taken an all day ride on the seat yet but the few two hour rides I've taken in the twisties have me thinking it's not going to be a problem. On the old seat, after about a half hour I'm standing to relieve pressure. Now, I don't even think about it and when I get home, all I can think about is how much fun the ride was, not about the sore spots and tingling nerves in my legs. Love it so far. Taking a ride to Reno this weekend, we'll see how it goes.
September 23, 2013
Huge upgrade from stock
I'm 5'8", 140lbs, 31.5" inseam, and was unimpressed with the stock seat on the DL1000 after an hour or so. This seat made a huge difference. It's way more comfortable, perhaps a tad shorter when putting my feet down, and wider in the back.
September 2, 2013
A vast improvement over the factory seat.
In the last year or two, riding for more than 15-20 minutes had become painful due to groin pressure from the stock '09 VStrom seat. For reference I am 5'8" 155 lbs age 55 and I commute daily on 30 miles of bad gravelly road and highway. At first the Sargent seat felt odd, a little taller but after a few dozen stops I got used to it. After a couple of 1 hour rides, no discomfort at all! What an amazing difference. I may need to raise and bring back the bars. Thanks to salesman and VStrom rider Jason for your help in picking the right seat. No rating for durability yet because It is only a week old.
April 17, 2013
Beats the factory-brick Vstrom 650 seat !
Put this seat on my 2011 Vstrom 650.
My fiance and I love this seat. Road for 10 hours on this new saddle and didnt even come close to getting uncomfortable.
Easy to install too!
February 6, 2013
Better than Stock!
I ride an 09 DL650 VStrom and I'm 5'11 177 Lbs and needed something to ease the pain of the stock seat. I used a "sheep" type product but it did not help. This seat is way more comfortable even in jeans; I believe riding pants would be even more comfortable (I have Rev'it Pants). It does raise you up and even an inch will cause you to adjust your riding ergonomics. I already have the 1" up and back risers but seem to search more for a comfortable position. I probably just need to get use to the new seat. I've had the seat about a month and around 1K miles, mainly back and forth to work and day rides less than 200 miles and it is very comfortable. It's not like night and day better than stock to me, as I've had to adjust my seating position to get comfortable, but it is so easy to change your position with this seat. I do find myself sitting closer to the tank verses all the way back on the seat; and there is room to move around easily! No change to flat-footing the bike at stops. Shipping was a little slow but hey it was free! I would recommend this seat for sure over stock. The storage tube underneath the seat is a wonderful addition for keeping papers and stuff.
June 28, 2012
Better than stock but not great
I never used the stock seat on my Wee for long because it sucked. The Suzuki gel is quite good and gave an extra inch of legroom. Then I tried the Sargent. The Sargent sat too low for me, causing minor knee cramp in 100 miles that I never had in 26,000 on the higher gel seat. On the Sargent my butt was mildly sore at the 100 mile mark, no better than the gel seat. However Sargent made my groin area sore too, a new problem. For these reasons I cannot recommend this product, nor can I rate it better than fair. Seats are subjective and there are many rider variables. I am 6'1" with 33.5" inseam and the Sargent is probably better for average height or slIghtly shorter riders. The Sargent is super light, fit is good, the storage tube is neat, and it looks awesome. But for me I sold it after a 300 mile trial because my Suzuki gel seat is better. The gel gets hot but an Alaska sheepskin works to cool it off. By the way the Alaska sheepskin on the Sargent still ached my groin and legroom was still worse than gel seat. For reference I had a Sargent on my 2004 VFR800 and it was good, not great. I've had two Corbin's on past bikes and they are good too, but heavy and not great either. Yes I am picky but experienced too. The "great" seat is the Russell Day Long despite it's looks. Nothing else is pain free.
June 25, 2012