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Old 09-02-2009, 11:59 AM   #1501
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What have you guys done for your seat. Talk about uncomfortable for any period of time. I would like to make it softer without a lot of expense.

What have you done?
xr seat has always been tops for seat comfort compared to other bikes.
you can pull back seat cover, drill holes in it and recover to soften
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:09 PM   #1502
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What have you guys done for your seat. Talk about uncomfortable for any period of time. I would like to make it softer without a lot of expense.

What have you done?
I put on a Sweet Cheeks and it does help..it's probably not the "best" in the world but it did and does make a difference..I can ride all day now and not whimper like a lost girl scout..best $30 I've spent!
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:13 PM   #1503
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I haven't had problems with my seat yet, but so far all my riding on the xr has been single track and trails, so I was never seated for that long.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:35 PM   #1504
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When I had my XR I rode a couple 85 mile rides and about five 50 mile rides 95% street and was good most of the time. The 85+ mile rides started to hurt on the way home but wasn't really bad enough to complain. Of course if I decided to go 100+ without really stopping I would have wanted something a little more confortable.
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:17 PM   #1505
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MY xr650l floats the same way over the technical stuff. I love it but, its 75lbs more than the xr400. I wonder if factory connections can do the xr400 for a 6' 200lb rider like myself?
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:54 PM   #1506
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[quote=Roonie]What have you guys done for your seat. Talk about uncomfortable for any period of time. I would like to make it softer without a lot of expense.

Roonie I have used MTN BIKE shorts under my MX pants. The MTN bike pants(or an bike shorts) have a pad because a bycycle seat is rock hard. They are polyester or some material that drys fast and seems to work fine for me. D
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:06 AM   #1507
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What have you guys done for your seat. Talk about uncomfortable for any period of time. I would like to make it softer without a lot of expense.

Roonie I have used MTN BIKE shorts under my MX pants. The MTN bike pants(or an bike shorts) have a pad because a bycycle seat is rock hard. They are polyester or some material that drys fast and seems to work fine for me. D
I usually wear cycling shorts (the spandex kind ) they're padded and supportive and don't bunch under the pants
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:15 AM   #1508
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The WalMart ATV seat pad also seems to help a lot when doing longer rides and more on-road stuff. I have one, but I haven't used it yet.

Poser - I still haven't checked out the DS route Carl gave me last year for running Booth - Fayetteville - Beyond on 85% dirt. I kept waiting for it to cool down some and now I just need to be able to start the bike...
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:05 AM   #1509
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MY xr650l floats the same way over the technical stuff. I love it but, its 75lbs more than the xr400. I wonder if factory connections can do the xr400 for a 6' 200lb rider like myself?
The stock suspension on the 400 is way out of balance. The fork springs are about right for a 140 lb. rider, the about right for a 200 lb. rider. Honda tried to compensate for the soft fork by increasing damping.
Especially if you live in the Northeast, send your suspension to Werks Enduro Rider, in Great Meadows,NJ. It's run by Drew and Chris Smith who raced XR's for years in National Enduros and the I.S.D.E. They do all the work themselves unlike the bigger companies( factory connection,pro-circuit etc.).
They also make special bottoming cones for the 400.
The difference it made on my 400 was nothing short of amazing!
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:32 AM   #1510
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+1 on getting the suspension sorted. I've never owned an XR400, but had ridden friends' bikes with stock suspension - not impressed.

A couple of weeks ago I did nearly 500 miles of baja riding on a friend's pre-runner XR400 which had re-worked suspension (don't remember the shop, think it was a local socal place) - total night and day difference in both ride quality and stability, especially in whoops and high speed stuff (which there happens to be a little bit of in baja).

I have no idea what honda was thinking, its hard to imagine a worse stock setup, bike is practically unrideable as delivered.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:05 AM   #1511
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The WalMart ATV seat pad also seems to help a lot when doing longer rides and more on-road stuff. I have one, but I haven't used it yet.

Poser - I still haven't checked out the DS route Carl gave me last year for running Booth - Fayetteville - Beyond on 85% dirt. I kept waiting for it to cool down some and now I just need to be able to start the bike...
I glued a piece of 1" foam, cut the width of the seat, to the bottom of the walmart seat pad and use that combination. You could get 500 miles in a day with that combination without TOO much agony (I've gone just over 400).

Edit.. that was on my drz.. for some reason i stumbled into the wrong thread

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Old 09-04-2009, 10:46 AM   #1512
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The WalMart ATV seat pad also seems to help a lot when doing longer rides and more on-road stuff. I have one, but I haven't used it yet.

Poser - I still haven't checked out the DS route Carl gave me last year for running Booth - Fayetteville - Beyond on 85% dirt. I kept waiting for it to cool down some and now I just need to be able to start the bike...
booth, as in booth tx on the other side of rosenberg? when it cools off, and you get the right part , and things calm down at the house, we should get a small group ride to do that. Maybe by then "cuddle bear" will have the orange one plated and ready to go


edit: oh and I finally posted in the XR400 thread like you kept bugging me about :lol:
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:39 AM   #1513
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Hi - new to this forum - interesting stuff. Also new to XR's.

Can anyone say what seat this is?

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Old 09-05-2009, 12:22 PM   #1514
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Hi - new to this forum - interesting stuff. Also new to XR's.

Can anyone say what seat this is?

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looks to be a wallmart atv seat cover
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:02 PM   #1515
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I'm starting to shop for a XR400R. I need something for trail maintance. I'm thinking that the XR is the E-ticket.

I've been looking at some of the newer one on cycle trader. Is there anything that I need to be aware of?
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