I added this to one of my Alaska ride tales posts, but decided it might not get found there so I am adding it here as a stand-alone post. As some of you know, as part of my winter work on the LT, I added a Russell Day Long seat (actually seats, both rider and pillion) and Vstream tall windshield. Here are initial impressions from a couple of short rides and the first “day long” ride.
At first we weren’t sure about the new Russell seats. They feel much different than stock. Linda and I both feel like we are being slid/rotated forward all of the time. It is a somewhat disconcerting feeling. However, at the end of the day, we had almost no butt burn as we normally do and other than the normal (for us nearly 60s folks) stiffness in the joints, we ended the day in pretty good shape. So, even though the seats feel a little odd while riding, I think they certainly are living up to the “day long” claim as we had a pretty long day (437 miles and probably 8 hours in the saddle) and ended the day in pretty good shape. We aren’t iron butt contestants by any means, but this day was on the long side of our typical touring days. I try to keep us in the 300-350 range most days and most of our trips average only about 200 miles/day counting the few days we spend mostly visiting a sight of one form or another.
I see why Russell really emphasizes getting a 1,000 miles or so before calling them about issues. They say this “breaks in” the seat. I suspect it is more of “breaking in” the riders to get used to the seat and it does feel odd at first if you are coming from a stock seat.
As for the Vstream tall shield, Linda says it is better for her than stock. She feels less buffeting on her helmet and less wind overall. I find it worse than the stock shield for a couple of reasons. First, I get more wind on my arms and shoulders due to the funky shape at the midpoint that supposedly creates the vortex that National Cycle advertises. This was very noticeable when we got along the cold lake yesterday. I had to stop and put in a jacket liner where I likely could have toughed it out with just my t-shirt and mesh jacket with the stock shield. Second, The extra 3/4” of height puts the top of the shield almost within my line of sight even when fully lowered. I could easily see over the stock shield when fully lowered. I can see over the Vstream, but the edge of the shield is high enough to be bothersome. However, Linda is happy so it is a win overall.