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post #1 of 20 Old Aug 31st, 2013, 11:34 am Thread Starter
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New Russell seat

Well, I finally got the new seat, I just put it on this morning, they say to give it 500-1000 miles to really become form fitting. I'll keep ya posted!!
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post #2 of 20 Old Aug 31st, 2013, 12:25 pm
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Nice! Enjoy!

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Looks great and am envious of your being able to try it out! I sent my seats and pillion backrest to Russell last week and I can't wait to get them back to try them out. I ordered leather uppers, vinyl lowers, medium grey all the way, with the Russell backrest. My butt just couldn't take any additional torture on the stock saddle.
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That looks very nice, David. I'll be watching for your follow-up report.

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Well I only put about 100 miles on it today, 60 of it nonstop. It isn't as wide as the Corbin so I am almost back to being flat footed at stops, I really like that.

I opted for the vinyl instead of the leather and it seem kind of slippery, if I had to do it again I would probably get the leather.

So far so good but I have many miles to go!!!

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I got my seat for the LT back from Russell a week ago, all vinyl. They did a great job on both seats and both backrests. I have a Russell on my Norge that has the top portion made of leather. When I had my R1150RT done by Russell I opted for all vinyl and I'm glad I did. The leather on the Norge looks a little worn but the vinyl on the RT looks as good today as the day they built it. I would not get leather again. The only thing I would have done different on the LT seat, is not getting the pouch for the back of the driver's backrest. It may look good on one of Russell's own backrests but it's to big for my Bakup backrest and not worth the extra $60.00 I paid for it.

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My 2 cents on the Russell.

I've had mine on Traveller for about seven years. I prefer the leather.

My initial thoughts were disappointing as I did some 200 miles trips and did not feel super comfortable. However, I then did a fourteen hour day on the seat and about the tenth hour I realized that I had absolutely no seat concerns. The seat was the last thing on my mind.

It delivered as promised.

One of the best attributes about the seat is the custom fitting. I'm tall with short legs and they got the riding position perfect for me. I mean dead-on perfect. Their position took the discomfort out of my hips that I experienced with the stock seat.

Here's wishing you many happy miles with your Russell.
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Congrats on the seat! I am ordering my Russell in the morning. Looking at saving some dollars and wondering what the new canvas insert would be like? Also, can I ask how long from your ordering to your production date and what was the turn around after sending your seat in? I had a leather Russell on my previous LT and really loved it but sold it with the bike when I down sized to a 1100, that's a story in itself , but I'm back on a 1200 now!
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my production date was August 16 and I received the seat back on the30th

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To add to the previous post above, I submitted my order electronically and received confirmation on 8/7/13, with a production date of 8/27/13. Sent my seats (from Northridge, CA - a suburb of LA) UPS store on 8/22/13, and Russell received them on 8/26/13. UPS charged me $51.35 for packing, shipping, and insurance for both seats and the pillion backrest. Now patiently waiting for them to be completed and returned...
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Here are some pictures of my new Russell seat for my LT. Still has a few wrinkles that will soon iron out with use. Total cost was $889.00 plus the cost of me shipping all the seat pieces to Russell, about $63.00 for two boxes. The vinyl they used is not slippery at all and matches the other black parts on the bike very well. Not cheap, but worth it for a comfortable seat.
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C.Jones - Hope mine come out just as nice! Based on your previous posts, looks like you went with all vinyl and it looks great... They did a good job on your BakUp backrest too.
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Re: New Russell seat

Well after putting about 500 miles on the new seat all I can say is that it is pretty good.

I was really hoping to say WOW!!!

It seems that I did not get the perfect fit, it kind of feels like the bulk of the seat (the wide part) is back to far. I'm not too sure how to describe it. I can't get back far enough in it, I hit the back part, I keep feeling like I need to scootch back to get more comfortable. It also feels like it slopes a little from back to front. In addition to all of that, I'm feeling hot spots, I have to squirm around and change positions much more than I thought I would have to.

I'm hoping that after a couple of thousand miles I can give a better report.

It is still much much better than the stock seat but not much better than the Corbin IMO.

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C.Jones - Hope mine come out just as nice! Based on your previous posts, looks like you went with all vinyl and it looks great... They did a good job on your BakUp backrest too.
They did a nice job on the seat and it's much more comfortable then how it was originally. I would say it is a little higher than stock too, as my knees are just a little less bent and my helmet gets a little more wind now with the windshield all the way up, than it did with the stock seat. I'm happy with what they did with it. Now I just need to put some miles on the LT. Can't wait until winter, which is the riding season here in AZ.

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@ David H - although it may be a hassle and more cost to you, you could have Russell make some adjustments per their comfort guarantee. Living in Michigan, you probably don't have that much more riding time left before the Winter onslaught. Good luck, as I was disappointed that didn't achieve the "wow" rating (yet?).

@C Jones - sounds like you are real happy with yours. I spoke with Russell today and they told me my seats should be done in a couple of days - I'm really looking forward to getting back in the saddle and breaking them in.
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I have a Rick Mayer seat and it is WAAAY better than stock, but not as nice as I would prefer.If I could afford it I would try a RDL. Of course my wife says my real problem is that I have no a$$.
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...it kind of feels like the bulk of the seat (the wide part) is back to far...
That's the way Russell's feel.

You will learn to sit on the widest part in time.

They make it that way on purpose.

Around town, you may find yourself sitting on the forward part to make it easier to put your feet down when coming to a stop.

Once on a looooong stretch, you will be sitting back on the wide part. You will find that your hip joints are much more comfortable after ten hours in the saddle.
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That's the way Russell's feel.

You will learn to sit on the widest part in time.

They make it that way on purpose.

Around town, you may find yourself sitting on the forward part to make it easier to put your feet down when coming to a stop.

Once on a looooong stretch, you will be sitting back on the wide part. You will find that your hip joints are much more comfortable after ten hours in the saddle.

I want to sit further back in it but I cant because my lower back hits the upright part, I'm not sure if I'm describing it right. It's like the wider part needs to be more towards the front, away from the upright/back of the seat.

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I want to sit further back in it but I cant because my lower back hits the upright part, I'm not sure if I'm describing it right. It's like the wider part needs to be more towards the front, away from the upright/back of the seat.
I'm thinking about a Russell because I feel that way about the stock seat, I feel like I can't get back far enough and roll forward. I'm 6'4" and 200 lbs and stock seat is just not doing it. Do you think it had anything to do with the way you were sitting in the pictures you sent to them for seat position? I guess they can make the back padding thinner.

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Hey David,

Any update on your Russell seat - did you have a chance to put more miles on it before winter hit?

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