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As most of us know all too well, the stock SV seat leaves much to be desired. I recently moved to an area without many curvy/fun roads so I'll be doing a lot more touring. Figure I better do something about the plank, I mean seat.

Didn't really want to spend ~$300 on an aftermarket seat, so I checked out Great Day To Ride. $75 for basic modification and Supracor upgrade...now that's more like it! Shipping was $12.75 each way, bringing the total to right at $100 - one third the cost of a Corbin!

Shipped my seat out Monday Feb. 2nd. Spencer received it the following (last) Thursday. He had it completed and sent out the next day. I received it this afternoon...only 9 days from when I removed it from the bike to re installation.

I haven't ridden with it yet so I can't provide an in-depth review yet, but I can give first impressions. I opted for lowering, but it doesn't seem any lower. That may have something to do with the layer of Supracor underneath the foam, or it could just be because the foam isn't broken in yet. At any rate, I think it'll caress my bum much better than the factory board. The foam used is softer and he shaped it so that there's a small 'pocket' where you sit. Hips are rotated back a little for a more natural feel and to take weight off your arms and into your core muscles. The Supracor seems like it'll absorb bumps nice-like!

Was it worth $100? From my initial impression, hell yeah!

Hmm, some random box showed up on my doorstep, complete with blurred out address and everything! :p :


Hey look, he sent me something to read while on the can!


He's got this one in the bag ;D


Now how did this thing jump in there? Its owner must be worried sick!


It even rolled over so I could scratch its belly....maybe I'll keep it!




OEM seat:


GreatDayToRide.com seat (blue splotch is a reflection):


And a couple for good measure...




I'm receiving a new Shark RSR2 helmet tomorrow (also have a new jacket and gloves to try out). I'll get a better impression of this seat then!
 

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where you at in DFW? I have been here for almost two years now, though I just bought my SV a few months ago to build for the track.....
 

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i got no problems with the stock seat, then again i'm 150lbs, but really not once has it ever bothered me.
 

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Ride it for 2 hours, it'll give you problems ;).
I get about an hour and a half on the stock seat before I'm ready to walk the rest of the way.

I had my seat redone by Great Day To Ride, and feel it is a lot better. I haven't gone 2 hours+ since I got it done though, so I can't say for sure.

I tried a gel seat, but didn't like the forward slope and rounder look of it.

I really like the Sargent seat, but too much for me.


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You'll really like the seat. I logged about 3 hours on mine this past Sunday and it was great! No walking problems at all once I got off the bike. I couldn't have done that with the stock seat. After a few rides the Supracor will settle in a bit and the seat will feel a bit lower. Can't beat it for $100!
 

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Went on a 5-hour adventure Saturday. I must say my butt was pleased! I did start to get a little uncomfortable in the last 30mins, but that was more due to the odd bicycle shorts I was wearing with a ginormous foam pad...
 

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My seat is in route. I sent it with three others from work and Spencer gave us 10% off. I cant wait until I get it back. I too looked at and sat on the $150 gel seat and was not impressed. It didn't have any real shape it was just rounded over. I think this is gonna be the best $80 spent to date.;D
 

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I've gotten some more riding in and the foam is starting to settle in...it's only getting better!

It has conformed to my butt cheeks like two caressing female hands. The Supracor absorbs bumps very well; it's like the seat has its own shock absorber! The seating angle is much improved over stock - there's a slight recession where you sit (a seating pocket, if you will) and its situated so that much of the weight comes off your arms/wrists and into your core. It's much more natural.
 

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Went on an all-day ride yesterday (around 10hrs with a few breaks). My bum never gave me any issues (before, it'd hurt after 30mins).
 

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Spencer seems to be a stand up guy and he stands by his work.

He did my seat last year with the gel, but it still hurt my skinny arse a little. I emailed him about it and he offered to take it back and redo it. He retrofitted it with the new supracor material and shipped back to me expediently.

Bike's still in storage, but I can't wait to try it out based on the feedback here. I would recommend him if not for anything else except his focus on customer service.
 

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I have put the first 200 miles on my bike this year and not once did I have any discomfort. The modded seat is amazing. Like Dub said the Supracor is like a little shock absorber. For anyone hinging on this don't wait get it done you will not regret it.
 

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Just got my wife's seat back from him yesterday (He received it Friday). Quality is great (like in dubtecv2's pictures). We also had it lowered, which gained the wife about an inch, so now she is on the balls of her feet instead of tiptoes. Will be testing it out in earnest this weekend as its supposed to be in the 70's... woohoo...
 

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Got my seats back from him about a week ago, 1 week turnaround. We routinely take trips on the highway 5-6 hours long to get to family and friends in the summer. I'm hoping this provides some lasting comfort! It only cost me $123 including shipping both ways to modify my seat with supracor, and regular modification for the pillon seat for my fiancee.

Hopefully, if the weather cooperates I'll be taking my first ride of the season this Sunday. Supposed to be in the 60s, but rain might deter me. if not, I'll report back, I'm sure it'll live up to my expectations based on other reviews.
 

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Hmmm, gonna have to check this out.
I ride many 2+ hour trips, and like everybody else says about the "plank", after about 150 miles, I'm done with it for at least a day.
Garry on STN gave me the advice of getting the bicycle shorts with the gel padding in them. I found a pair at Dunham Sports, for $18.
With these I was able to do several 5,1/2 hour, 250+ mile each way trips. I would still like to check the seat out, and leave the shorts at home. Would also need to do my pillion seat, as my daughter rides with me ALOT.

Has anyone approached them about a SVRIDER discount?
Hint hint hint..
 

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Well after riding to Maryville, TN and back this weekend for a Total Control ARC class, I'm not terribly impressed with my modded seat. Seems like now it takes an hour or so to start being uncomfortable versus the 30 minutes or so before. Sure this is an improvement, but I'm certainly not getting the "I can go for a couple of hours or more in comfort" that others are reporting. Guess I'll need to look at Sargent next. (already had a Corbin)
This is really a shame to me as Spencer was very good about communicating, the work was very high quality (in recovering the seat and maintaining the shape), and turnaround time was fast. I have to say disappointed here, but don't let my experience discourage others. I'm apparently a minority here.

-Brandon
 

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I imagine there are at least two variables at play here: 1) the way the seat is re-worked, and 2) the shape and density of the rider's bum.

Without actually seeing the rider's bum "first hand" (no pun intended), I don't know how a guy could accurately re-shape a seat for optimal support ... so I guess you have to accept whatever compromise that results. For some persons a given shape would work very well; for others ... not.

.. Gregg
 
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