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Riding Impressions

Rider durability and seat stamina may vary from person to person based on their individual anatomy, weight, clothing and weather conditions.
Personally, I found that usually after a few hours of Dual Sport riding that my butt gets more fatigued as the day wears on. Usually after the first hour I am forced to take a break and get off the seat. As the riding day progresses this becomes more of an issue for me with required breaks every 30 minutes or more.

My first ride on the TPI seat was over two of my favorite trails, I was riding my 2006 KLR wearing the following gear:
•   Fox 08 Access Pants
•   SIDI Discovery boots
•   EVS Ballistics Jersey
•   Shoei Hornet DS Helmet
•   And the other regular stuff like gloves, knee guards, Camelback etc.

Sitting lower on the seat felt strange at first as my riding posture changed due to the lower seat height, but like a pair of new shoes, it will probably take a little while to get used to the new riding position.

I used my GPS to set waypoints along the route for perceived discomfort. I used a rating level of 0 to 5 for, 0 being fresh in the seat and 5 having to stop every 30 minutes or more frequently to reduce discomfort.The total day was 124 miles and took close to 5 hours; the first hour was on the slab to my first trail head. I stopped once to air down, never feeling the urge to take a break due to being uncomfortable on the seat. The temperature at the start of the trial was about 80 degrees and the discomfort level still at 0.

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The trail was typical dual sport riding, standing on the pegs often and in the seat at other times. The section took me 106 minutes. I stopped a few times to take pictures, but never felt the urge to take a break due to “monkey butt” until I got to the point where I turned back onto the slab for a short section onto the next trail head.
Although I could feel that I had been in the seat for a while, it was not nearly as bad as it would have been on the stock seat. By now the temperature was over the 100 degree mark and perspiration was starting to take its toll and frictional skin irritation started. The wider seat and firmer foam makes a big difference in terms of frictional skin irritation, I rated my discomfort level at 1. I aired up for the slab ride and got going again.
During the 15 minute slab ride I realized that if I moved back on the seat a few inches I was sitting on a 13 inch wide seat whereas the stock seat is only 7.5 inches at its maximum width. The extra 5.5 inches made a huge difference and allowed my weight and butt to be distributed over a substantially larger surface area, making it much more comfortable.


I aired down again and took a few pictures. The next 87 minutes on Tortilla flats was on a regular dirt road and I was sitting down most of the time. I stopped half way to take some pictures and it was well above 100 degrees by now. Sweat and friction was starting to get the better of me by now and I marked my GPS with a discomfort level of 2. At the end of this section I stopped to air up and take a break. The discomfort level was at level 3 by now, and I could feel the pelvis bones were starting to feel some strain.


I had to stop once more to put my earplugs in and then continued on home. The last 17 miles / 25 minutes was starting to get uncomfortable, but if I was on the stock seat my discomfort level would have been 5/5 and I would have stopped at least once more to stretch out.

Conclusion

I like this seat, the fit and finish is great and it looks quite good on the KLR. The seated position is lower than the stock seat and the stance wider due to the extra width of the seat. Overall it reduced my reach slightly and I went from being able to flat foot the KLR to having to use the balls of at least one of my feet when stopped. I should also add that I installed a Cogent Dynamics Moab rear shock a few days before the seat and since I was able to properly set my sag, the bike sits up a little higher than before.

I had to get used to the new seated position and felt like I was hanging back in the seat a bit. I will get used to this. The seat surface has good grip and I never felt like I was sliding around on the seat or that I was glued to the seat either.

It certainly reduced the pressure I experienced in the past on the stock seat. Frictional skin irritation is still an issue but is much reduced over the narrow and soft stock seat. I am looking forward to riding in some cooler weather soon and will update with long term results.

Reaching a maximum discomfort level of 3/5, I am giving this seat 9 out of 10.

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