I have the stock and find it passable. I've done 500 miles (10 hours = 8 riding + 2 resting) and was not in extreme pain. Maybe it's my bicycling experience, but I never expected a stratolounger. In my opinion, it could be better, but it works for me so far... Sorry to not make the choice much easier.
Tried to add a \"seat is OK\" option for each seat type, but the system wouldn't let me add that many options. So I was limited to these choices. I modified the \"stock seat\" option because I don't think too many people will say its great but may find it passable.
Thanks for the input.
BTW My stock seat becomes a real pain after a couple of hours.
I've ridden Mountain Bikes for years... Compared to the saddle on my bike, the seat on the SVS looks like a barcalounger. That said, I do have to move around in the saddle to stay comfortable (just like on the MTB). I think a Corbin or Sargent would help - but I refuse to buy without sitting in one first. FWIW, I have not heard all that many good things about the Suzuki Gel seat...
Went on a 300 mile group ride on Saturday. Plenty of stops along the way. Spent around 6 hours in the saddle. There was another guy with a SV in the group and he had a Corbin saddle. About 3 hours into the ride I sat on his bike and there were no pressure points that I was feeling on my stock seat. By the time I got home my mind was fully made up to buy a new seat :shock:
JGardy, I've got a coolant leak too. Is yours right at the joint where the hose meets metal? The service guys tell me I've got a faulty thermometer flange that will cost me about 150 to fix. Doesn't seem to leak much unless I spin the engine up close to the rev limiter, so I was putting the fix off for now.
I have a Corbin seat and I was AMAZED at the difference from a stock seat. Especially on a ride that is more than an hour. Their customer service was real good too. Friendly, helpful, etc. No, I don't work there.
I also kept the stock seat. I can't afford to upgrade it. Also, after hearing that I shouldn't be spending much time sitting on it if I'm at the track, I'm not particularly motivated to get a soft girlie seat. But, seriously, sometime my buns really start to hurt. I sit sideways sometime with my right knee resting on my frame slider when I'm on long and "safe" stretches of road. It's a nice relief. I ride like that until it starts hurting a bit and then I switch back to riding normal and it feels surprisingly nice.