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I just ordered one. Basic seat is over $200 cheaper than the Corbin. I found two places that ship to the US. One has the standard seat in stock for shipping, the other one orders it for you but you can choose color, foam, gel, and heat options.

https://www.motostorm.it/en/accessories/motorcycle-parts/bagster-ready-seat-suzuki-sv-650-black.html

https://www.silverstonemotor.com/en/selle-suzuki/255-bagster-suzuki-sv-650-2016-2019-motorcycle-comfort-ready-luxe-saddle-5367z.html#/407-option_confort-selle_standard_ready_luxe/422-logo-sans_logo/400-coloris_coutures-coutures_rouges
 

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Got the seat in this afternoon. Not bad shipping time. I haven't ridden on it yet. I took a few pix. Excuse the bad lighting. Changing the oil and it was getting dark outside so you have harsh setting sun and garage overhead. They filled in the scooped out part to create a pretty much flat section to where the seat pan tilts up drastically and then the put a large-ish bum stop there to create another fairly flat section for a passenger. It still slopes slightly toward the tank but it doesn't feel that way when you sit on it. There is only so much you can do with the way the seat sits on the rear subframe. I don't see how it can help but be more comfortable than the stock one. The only bike I've owned with a worse seat was my XR650L and that was actually way worse. 80 mile ride and my butt hurt for a week. Judging by looks, I don't see that the Corbin one is really a better shape and it's hard for me to justify over $550 for a seat. Hopefully I will take this one out for a couple hours tomorrow.





 

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OK. Put 150+ miles on the new seat today. I like it. As you can see from the side view, the foam is at least twice as thick as the factory seat. The riding position with my bum against the stop feels much more natural to my 6 foot frame. A bit more legroom and a comfortable sporty reach to the bars. The seat comfort is pretty much a normal motorcycle seat to me. None of mine are couch comfortable for hours and hours. The discomfort that sets in after an hour or so is the normal type my bony butt gets from any seat. I just start moving around a bit and can ride for another hour or more but I would rather get off and stretch anyway. The factory seat after an hour felt like someone had been pounding my perch bones with a rubber hammer. I love the feeling of that nearly vertical bum stop when I accelerate or am going fast. It nestles right into my lower back and feels great. That is a cheesy Chinese made pack strapped onto the pillion section to hold a camera, snacks, and stuff to clean bugs off my visor. It's all I could find that is small enough not to hang over the seat.

Build quality is good but not amazing. A couple of little wrinkles. The rear latch was very tight. Had to push down pretty hard to latch it. The steel latch loop is molded into the plastic so the only adjustment is to file it a bit, so I did. If I left it alone, probably the rubber bumpers would have taken a set and loosened up the fit a bit over time. The mid hooks seem a little tighter too. Takes more of a pull to get it off but that also means a firmer attachment.

This is what the OEM option seat ought to be in my opinion. The option seat shouldn't be another cut down, "lets see how low we can get the seat height" seat with different styling. It ought to be added comfort for the non height challenged rider. Adding 1/5 of an inch of "tuck/roll" foam to the stock shape really isn't much of a change.

I obviously can't speak to longevity. I did find out that Bagster has been around for quite some time making tank covers, luggage, and seats, mostly for the European market.

Everybody's butt is different. I can't promise this will be comfortable to you. I can't see it not being better than the factory plank but I have no idea how it compares to the Corbin/Holeshot seats. The Corbin "butt pocket" may be more comfortable. This is not my touring bike so I was not going to pay $550 for a seat. If I had not found this one, I would have stayed with my stock seat and the Airhawk. I am now pretty satisfied with the bike as it sits. The only thing else I will be putting on for a while is miles.

P.S. One of the links I posted lets you configure the seat. It may be more comfy with their special foam and if I was more patient I might have ordered red piping and SV logo instead of the standard silver.

 

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Can you get it without the big SV logo?

I hated my factory seat. I ended up with a Holeshot/Corbin one. I've done 300 miles with it without issues. The only complaint I have is if it gets wet. That's any stitched seat.

I keep thinking about getting an aftermarket seat cover like ones on Ebay and doing my own foam and shape, which you can do since it has some excess material. If Seat Concepts would do a seat for an SV, I'd be all over it. I have one on my KLX.
 

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Talking about seats and customisation, this French manufacturer builds completely customizable seats for almost any bike (included SVs) at reasonable prices, either on your own OEM seat or providing a new one.
Check out all the possible options, it's amazing.
 

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Thanks for the review and posting pics! Definitely interested in Corbin alternatives ($ and form don't work for me).

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Thanks for the good review! I also can't stomach paying 600 bucks for a Corbin (I have to pay CA tax). How is the grip of the vinyl where you sit? It looks like carbon fiber but it's hard to gage if it is grippy. Thanks!
 

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Just an added comment to the review. I ended up swapping out the two rear rubber bumpers near the latch for the two squooshy ones from the stock seat. Makes it easier to latch and unlatch. Also the front bumpers sometimes fall off when removing the seat. If this keeps up I may glue them on. Yes it is a grippy material. That is its purpose.
 

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Front bumpers also fall on the stock seat. My solution was to apply a tiny bit of silicone spray on the bumper so it doesn't adhere to the frame. Seems to work fine.
 
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