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Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:06:28 am »
I don't know why I ever bothered with trying other seats when all along I should have gone straight to Russell.  A few COG members said that Russell makes a comfortable seat that will keep you riding all day.  I was a little put off by the looks but now I'm a believer.  Friday I got my seat back and on Sunday I rode for at least 8 hours with 1 stop for lunch in between and didn't feel any discomfort at all.  I spent a lot chasing my tail when had I gone straight to Russell I'd have been happier sooner and a little richer.

By the way they made it just for me and didn't charge me extra for all the extra foam and vinyl they had to use.  It's good they don't size discriminate.  Check out the pic below.

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 02:19:15 am »
Dang it, I had just about settled on a Sargent and then you post this.  It's hideous (no offense), but if it works...
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 04:18:42 am »
Bobby, I'm not saying that a Russell is needed by everyone.  You might do well with another seat but I'm 6'3" and weigh in at 425lbs, I definitely needed a Russell custom made for me.  The others are pretty much off the rack.  Most seats just supported, well... my seat.  This caused a lot of pressure buildup and after an hour or two a lot of pain.  The Russell distributes the weight over a larger surface area, it's almost like sitting in my office chair.

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 11:03:20 am »
Thanks Gigantor.  I actually really like the width of the seat.  It looks like it is good at distributing the weight of the rider over a larger area.  After reading your post, I did some reading on the Russell from other posts, I think I am convinced.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 12:28:22 pm »
Looks great, I had one on my C-10 and didn't like it but this design looks like it will support you where it should. Do they still use the "sling" concept for support?
Now, I'm wondering, what seat did you have on the bicycle in the background? Given your size the bike seat may still be "implanted" in your anatomy.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 04:23:23 pm »
Thanks Gigantor.  I actually really like the width of the seat.  It looks like it is good at distributing the weight of the rider over a larger area.  After reading your post, I did some reading on the Russell from other posts, I think I am convinced.


They make different patterns and can do the front and back. 
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 04:31:10 pm »
I am on my 4th Russell seat since 2000.  Simply stated, it is the best solution if you are out for the long rides.

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2012, 12:58:50 am »
It's your fault, you and Marc.  I have sinned again.  Seat #5 on order.
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Did you get leather or vinyl?  I don't want any vinyl that looks like the stock seat but don't necessarily need leather, either.  Your's looks nice.

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2012, 01:21:56 am »
 ^-^     

  Well, I bit the bullet and  made an appointment for May 4th for a drive in seat makeover.
 This will be my first custom seat.
 Thanks to all who posted reports on the Russell Day Long. I'll let you know how it works out for me when I ride it home, which is approximately 275 miles.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2012, 04:25:32 pm »
Greetings Gig (and others).  Although I like the look of the stock seat....I think yours also looks really good and I can only image as to how much better it performs to a stock saddle. 

Long distance comfort is something everyone is understandably chasing without compromising the ability to shift around when the road becomes nice and twisty.  Especially with a bike like the C14. :-)  I just had my seat rebuilt by Spencer and have only put a few shorter trips (along with my daily commuting) on it since it's re-work.  So far I am quite pleased with it but am holding out final verdict until my first full day ride. 

One thing I contemplated and may be something for others to consider when shopping for seats is the loss of waterproofing when going to a seat with seams.  I shopped around quite a bit and all of the companies I researched indicated the cover they put on the seat would not keep the water out of the foam.  I ride pretty much daily (form April - Oct) and my bike sits outside while at work.  A mid-day shower could leave me with a squishy seat for a few days.  Also, when I am on the road the need to find not only my rain gear and covers for soft luggage.....I would also need to locate the seat cover, remove my tail bag, install the cover, etc., etc.   I figured there can be enough stress when trying to quickly change for an approaching storm that keeping the seat weather proof was high on my list. 

Just something to consider.... 
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2012, 12:10:55 am »
I had  Russell on my FJR and loved it even if it was a bit "ahem" wide.... (But then again so was I at that time)

When I got the 14, I decided to try a few different options, I tried Seargant Seats,  Airhawks, sheepskins etc...and they all were MAJORLY better then stock IMHO but still killed my butt after 200 miles or so.

I finally broke down and ordered a Russell,  Did round trips to Fla with no discomfort...   But I do keep the Seargent for short hops or if I want to do spirited  (well...spirited for me that is LOL) riding
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2012, 01:41:42 am »
Looks great, I had one on my C-10 and didn't like it but this design looks like it will support you where it should. Do they still use the "sling" concept for support?
Now, I'm wondering, what seat did you have on the bicycle in the background? Given your size the bike seat may still be "implanted" in your anatomy.

The seat on my bicycle is a comfort one.  It doesn't have the peak as so not to injure the taint or the boys.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2012, 01:43:08 am »
It's your fault, you and Marc.  I have sinned again.  Seat #5 on order.
 :sign0085:

Did you get leather or vinyl?  I don't want any vinyl that looks like the stock seat but don't necessarily need leather, either.  Your's looks nice.

I got the all black vinyl seat.  It has a leather texture to it.  Looks pretty good if you ask me, just like leather.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2012, 05:39:21 am »
It's your fault, you and Marc.  I have sinned again.  Seat #5 on order.
 :sign0085:

Did you get leather or vinyl?  I don't want any vinyl that looks like the stock seat but don't necessarily need leather, either.  Your's looks nice.

I got the all black vinyl seat.  It has a leather texture to it.  Looks pretty good if you ask me, just like leather.

You are such a cheap a**! It may look like leather but leather is not!
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2012, 03:42:10 pm »
It's your fault, you and Marc.  I have sinned again.  Seat #5 on order.
 :sign0085:

Did you get leather or vinyl?  I don't want any vinyl that looks like the stock seat but don't necessarily need leather, either.  Your's looks nice.

I got the all black vinyl seat.  It has a leather texture to it.  Looks pretty good if you ask me, just like leather.

You are such a cheap a**! It may look like leather but leather is not!

It has nothing to with being cheap, if you read my post I've been dropping a lot of cash on seating options.  I got vinyl because it is easier to maintain, cooling wise it's the same as leather when you wear riding pants, vinyl doesn't crack like leather and... oh yeah I saved a few bucks to spend on other farkles!

So as far as me being a cheap a**, buy me a drink and we'll discuss it.   :beerchug:

And BTW  I have a Corbin seat for sale, look at in the emporium and make me a deal if you want, and yes it's leather.  ;)
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2012, 04:19:19 pm »
I got vinyl because I wear bicycle shorts, blue jeans and FG HT overpants.  No way in hell my butt is gonna tell the difference, besides I put a sheep skin on top of the seat, so why spend the money on leather.

I had leather on my C10 and a couple of times a years I "conditioned" the leather to keep it supple, I don't have to worry about that now, and I got the cover for it so when I go on trips the seat is covered at night.
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2012, 06:19:11 pm »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2012, 08:32:13 pm »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)

OK this may be off topic but I always wondered what you had under those pants.   ;)
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2012, 08:33:37 pm »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)

OK this may be off topic but I always wondered what you had under those pants.   ;)



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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2012, 09:40:41 pm »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)


OK this may be off topic but I always wondered what you had under those pants.   ;)




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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2012, 01:09:25 am »
Kinda get a skittish feeling knowing you have a picture like that.  Then again, I think it's you; black bike, black shorts.  Coincidence?  I think not.   :nananana:

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2012, 02:11:25 am »
Kinda get a skittish feeling knowing you have a picture like that.  Then again, I think it's you; black bike, black shorts.  Coincidence?  I think not.   :nananana:

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2012, 04:01:11 am »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)

OK this may be off topic but I always wondered what you had under those pants.   ;)
Bike shorts work really well actually.  It reminds me of a (somewhat) related story though.

Back in February (when it's already hot as blazes down here) we had a Mid-Week ride and I got to meet Bugnut (Mike) for the first time.  He was dressed in a nice one-piece flow-through riding suit and that's the way I saw him all day.  But when we stopped to eat he took it off and was wearing just shorts and a t-shirt underneath.  I wonder why I never thought of that...

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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2012, 12:53:57 pm »
LD Comforts are a hundred times better than any shorts.

I've had my Russell for a couple years now and always wear riding pants.  The combination of Seat, Riding pants and LD Comforts have kept me in the saddle for many 20 - 26 hour days. 
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Re: Russell Day Long Is The Way To Go
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2012, 01:58:45 pm »
+1 on the bike shorts... makes a big difference for long distance days :)

OK this may be off topic but I always wondered what you had under those pants.   ;)


It depends,  usually it's bike shorts, but sometimes it's my Thong :) :))
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