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Old 06-17-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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Which Seat Concepts?

Thought I'd put this here so I'd be hearing from others with Thumpers...

So I've decided to go the Seat Concepts route for a seat upgrade on my DR, problem is, once I get down to the actual ordering, there are options. So, who has what, and what can you recommend? Thanks to copy and paste, here are the choices:

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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carbon top gripper sides ..other wise the gripper top will pull ya pants down

I also have the suede ...its wearing well after 12 months and 1000's of miles

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #3
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I have suede, but carbon on top is the way to go on a DS bike
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #4
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Carbon gripper

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:29 AM   #5
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Same decision stumped me. I went carbon all the way. I was afraid gripper would make moving around difficult.

Haven't tried other combos, but I am pleased.

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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I went with carbon sides / gripper top after calling Seat Concepts and having a pow wow. My fear was it would be too grabby. Fears were unfounded and is very comfortable. It has the added (minor) benefit of providing a non slip surface for your phone/iPod/sunglasses etc.

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:31 AM   #7
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I went all carbon and firm foam, very happy.

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:15 AM   #8
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I went all carbon on my WR250, and liked it, so did the same on my G650x Moto.

On the xmoto, the carbon top was way too slippery. Just engine braking, not to mention hard braking, on the road had me sliding forward in a concerning manner. I ordered a gripper top with carbon sides and it's much better. It's a little grabbier than I'd prefer, but WAY better than the slick carbon top, for my application.

Might want to tell them what bike, what kind of riding, and what material pants you generally wear.

The good news is that the replacement cover was about $40 IIRC.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:18 AM   #9
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I've had three SC seats, carbon/gripper on all
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:19 AM   #10
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On my KTM 400, I went with gripper all around, which works well for me offroad, since I usually ride standing up and often need to hang on with a leg.

On my TE630, I went with vinyl all around and red stitching, which allows me to easily move around on the seat.

On both seats, I went with custom sizing of a little wider and lower than stock seat, but not as wide as Seat Concepts standard width.

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Old 06-18-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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I've bought four of their seats. I went with gripper/carbon on three of the seats and full suede on my supermoto seat. Contrast color stitching adds a custom touch.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:08 AM   #12
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I went all carbon on my DR and like it.

For an offroad bike, I'd do carbon/gripper. I have an all-gripper (non-Seat Concepts) cover on my XR and the gripper top annoys me as often as it helps.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #13
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I went Gripper top and carbon sides with their standard foam (which is actually very firm). I should have gone all carbon or embossed. The gripper makes it tough foot dabbing in the city because I can't slide to one side very well when wearing Gortex pants. No problem in cotton pants, though.

BTW, that seat is the most comfortable I've ever had. No butt burn at all. Well, at least in four hours. Not sure about 8 or 10.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Janet from Joisey View Post

On my TE630, I went with vinyl all around and red stitching, which allows me to easily move around on the seat.

This. If you need to slide over to touch the ground, the gripper makes it hard. If you're short and/or your bike is tall, best to avoid the grip.

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #15
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I got whatever is their standard cover. I'm happy with that. I had to have them re-do is because the foam was too firm. It is still a bit firmer than I would like but is better. I want it as cushy as my Polaris ATV!
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