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    Russell Day Long VS Kontour Magnum

    I have a 1988 R100GS with a Corbin Solo seat and am looking to upgrade.

    I am a big guy. 6' 5" 280bls. I have tried Airhawk, beads, sheepskin, gel and every combination of all of these and can not make my seat comfortable. I do like the Beadrider for the airflow and that is why the Kontour is on the short list. Can anybody speak to the airflow on the Kontour vs a bead seat???

    The wide stance of both of these seats really seem to be what I need... But think that air would be important too. Russell doesn't sound like they like to push the velour they sell but hasn't bothered to find a better cloth material.

    Russell says that they can work with my Corbin seat pan where as Kontour will not. In that case. Does anybody have an OEM Solo Seat for my GS? Cheap?? Can't see spending another $300 + on an original seat that I am going to spend... $600 - $700.

    Yes. I know that I need to loose weight. But I will never be a little guy or anywhere near the sub 200lbs that bikes and their seats are made for.

    Help!! I really can't afford this so I want to make sure I do it right.
    88 R100GS

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    Thumbs up Russell for Big Guys

    I had a new 1991 K75S that came with a Corbin seat that at that time was BMW OEM. My two previous bikes had Russell seats and after giving the Corbin seat a year I decided it was time for a Russell. Called them and asked if they could build their seat on a Corbin pan, answer "Yes". It was the BEST seat I've ever owned, including the last three custom seats that have all been very good.

    Even with all of the advances in foam, a big guy like your self will benefit from the internal spring on the Russell. Don't worry about air flow, get the Russell. You can always add a sheep skin if you think it's too hot. The Russells I've owned worked best without the sheep skin. YMMV...
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    Russell group buy on vulcanbagger.com

    A guy over own the Vulcan bagger forum is trying to put together a group buy for a RDL and is looking for 100 folks in order to make it work. I think he said it could be up to a 20% discount......just letting folks know. It is on a first come first serve up to the first 100. http://www.vulcanbagger.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=30504

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    Russell group buy on Vulcan bagger forum about to end.

    There are about 10 slots open for a group buy at RDL. The opportunity ends at midnight. RDL opened up 125 slots and right now only 10 left. Just go to the RDL website and complete your form and get it to them. Be sure to put on the form 2013 Group buy or you won't get the 20% discount. I am all signed up for my RT.

    QUOTE=moralem;824006]A guy over own the Vulcan bagger forum is trying to put together a group buy for a RDL and is looking for 100 folks in order to make it work. I think he said it could be up to a 20% discount......just letting folks know. It is on a first come first serve up to the first 100. http://www.vulcanbagger.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=30504[/QUOTE]

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    Russell day long on a RT.... my 2 cents worth

    Get the Russell.....

    I have had several Corbins,a Sargent and now a Russell. The Russell beats them all for comfort. And with a bead rider on it,the airflow is good,even on hot days.
    I know your Talking seat for GS's here( I have a 98 RT),just thought I'd put my input on the table.
    Corbins seem to be getting worse in comfort and quality. There customer service sucks too. I had a 2004 Triumph Sprint ST with a Corbin that needed a recovering. They could have cared less when I called about a recovering.....

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    I am 6'2" and 280, I have a Day Long on my RT and just put a used one (with spring) on my GSA. You will not regret the decision.

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    Russell, the Kontour isn't in the same league. I deeply regret buying one and lost my shirt selling it, only to have to buy the Russell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Russell, the Kontour isn't in the same league. I deeply regret buying one and lost my shirt selling it, only to have to buy the Russell.
    And the opposite is true for a Russell... I sold one because it was too tall for me. Posted it in the flea market and was standing on line at UPS and hour later waiting to ship it too it's new owner.
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    I'm not as tall, but obviously more round than you at 6'1" & 280. 32" inseam.

    I have found comfort on Corbins in the past, they tend to be firm.

    But for my Roadster, I stumbled upon a Sargent seat @ an attractive price, and it is very comfortable for me. I too sometimes use the beads for air, and sometimes an Alaskan Butt Buffer for keeping the sun of the seat when parked. But usually use nothing , and have found it fine either way..........just my 2 cents.

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    Russell Day Long for me, leather covered.

    Bought Russell Day Long, leather covered in Feb '02 when bike had 67 k miles, now have 144 k miles and love the seat. Think it was $500.

    Had a Corbin, vinyl covered before and the vertical sides would "crinkle" as I hit bumps resulting in much discomfort in around an hour. I tried bike shorts under my jeans, etc. I hated it because the seat hurt in about 1 hour.

    Now the leather edges don't bother me as I ride and ride and ride. If I park and think its going to rain, I flip the cover on the seat or ride with the seat covered if it is raining. The bike is stored inside my garage, no cover needed there.

    Now with many miles the seat's leather got thin near the tank at the edge of the seat. Well, a bead of "Shoe Goo" sticks to the leather, matches the black color and protects the thinner leather before it wore through.

    Hope this helps.

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