If you have been following along on my RFS Diaries thread you know that I have now converted one bike to a full dual sport set up. It has been going along pretty well. Yet I always find that the most annoying part of the bike is the seat. For extended riding I have made the 450xc pretty comfortable except for that one area. Over the years I have tried just about every option available for the KTM. These included seats from Guts, Enduro Engineering and SDG.
Of all of these options, the EE seat was probably the best. The Guts foam was too narrow on top and the SDG foam broke down very quickly. But even with the best option, there wasn’t much comfort level for extended riding time. Even the EE tall soft foam is rather narrow on top and certainly does not encourage sitting for extended periods.
After checking around I was about to give up on finding a solution. After all, I had gotten by for a number of years without anything better. It appeared the only option was to send the seat off to Renazco for their full treatment. But the cost and turn around time were enough to keep me from going through with that.
Then I stumbled across a new company called Seat Concepts who is making foam and seat cover packages specifically aimed at dual sport and adventure riders. After looking at their website I could see that their foam shapes were significantly wider and flatter than anything else on the market.
After a quick call and discussion about my weight and riding preferences I had an extra hard seat foam and cover on the way. When the package arrived the first thing I noticed was the quality of the gripper seat cover. It is sewn specifically to fit the new foam shape and features a thin layer of padding sewn into the top section.
I have installed plenty of seat covers. I am not always the best at it, but I can get by. Because the Seat Concepts cover is multiple pieces sewn to fit, I found it especially easy to install. It did not require very much pulling or stretching to get in the correct position. I just used a heavy-duty hand stapler. It takes a little technique and the staples do not always go in perfectly, but so far it is holding up well and no one ever sees the underside anyway.
The biggest feature of the foam is that it is wider than the seat base. This is what allows it to have such a wide platform. The front of the seat is much narrower, making it easy to slide forward and touch the ground. Overall the improvement in comfort is amazing. The wide flat perch gives plenty of room to move around. It is even wide enough to let some of the weight be distributed to the legs
While my initial impressions were very favorable, I wanted to make sure I got some extended riding time on it before giving a real review. On my recent trip to Mexico for the Baja 1000 I ended up putting nearly 1,000 miles on my bike. As you might have read in my previous report, I rode about 750 miles of the race course. So with that much “seat” time I am ready to give the Seat Concepts package a full thumbs up.
At $159 dollars I figure the improved seat has already paid for itself. During my Baja trip I never once thought about the seat and the discomfort I usually associate with it. The foam has started to break in a little and get softer. Over the long run I suspect it will sag a little from not having support from the seat base on the outer edges, but for now I am just enjoying the ride.