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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-01-2020, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all... I have been riding for 6 years now. I'm only 32.... but after about maybe a few months I quickly outgrew my Honda Shadow 650. Being 6'3 240, it's very easy to out grow that.. but either way, once I gained my confidence and skills in riding, naturally you start looking for your 'dream' bike. It has ALWAYS BEEN THE FJR!!!! The perfect mix between sport and touring. I've Done multiple trips from NJ to the Carolinas, Blue Ridge Parkway, Nova Scotia and New Foundland. All on believe it or not a 2001 Kawasaki ZRX1100... BUT.. I told my local dealership that I was looking for a FJR. Ironically, within a week I received a call and they had a 2016 FJR1300A with only 1500 miles on it!! I think it still had the original oil. Mint condition, classic Yamaha blue. I bought it early this May and since then have logged maybe 1300 1400 miles on it.

EVERYTHING about it i love. Especially coming from an outdated ZRX (which i still love)... literally the only issue... and its slight, is the stock seat that comes on the bike. I usually wear vinyl riding pants, occasionally jeans if the weather breaks 80+ and all i can do is about 100 miles and my tailbone just goes NUMB. Thankfully being 32 I can 'muscle' through it and keep on trekking. I ride with my dad who has a Triumph 1300 (i think) Tiger. Beautiful machine... but I'm not an off road guy. But because of his sitting position he can ride all day without issue.

Any suggestions on a seat? I also ride with my GF on the back, and we plan on doing a trip in July, Maybe the Dragon.... Maybe NY PA CT ETC (i live in NJ).. area and just camp and ride locally. I like the Russell and LAAM for obvious reasons... but 32 with a kid, those prices seem steep. I was lucky to even get the bike lol...I totally get the 'you get what you pay for' and I'm willing to pull the trigger if need be, but l wanted to through out one last life line before doing so. I get nervous buying expensive items online without the 'touch, feel' aspect of it. Any Ideas?

I've never tried airhawks or any seat pad... best seat pad I made was small throw pillow that was old. Just took 2 straps on put it on my seat... not the prettiest, but felt like a corbin to me!

well either way. Thank you for allowing me to join. I look forward to reading about the great trips and make shift accessories for our beloved FJR
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 12:18 AM
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I have used Russell Day Long saddles on several bikes over 30+ years. Great seats and highly recommended

Many like Laam Saddles.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 06:56 AM
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Tlydecker, I have a Laam personally with no complaints, money wise it was basically the same as most other seats or maybe a bit less, all day comfy. You might want to check out the “for sale” section here as seats do come up for sale occasionally and basically anything is better than the stocker, you could basically cut a 2x4 and be better off imho (just kidding of course),,,,, Some are ok with the stocker though, But not me !

I would ask also that you add your location & bike info to your signature line as it will make things easier when you have a problem to diagnose things,,welcome !

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A Russell passenger seat will cause your romance to get better, LOL. If you want an alternative, contact Terry at Terry Adcox seats, he's an hour out of Chattanooga, TN. He will build you a seat very similar for less money.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone!

I use the mobile version of the forum and having a tough time changing my signature to passx request... any thoughts?

Russell seems to be the go to seat but I cant justify the price when the laam or Terry adcox seat is 2/3 in price.

Last I bought the givi sra2019. Based on the pics and description I thought I was getting the subframe mount and the mounting plate.... well I just got the mounting plate. Do I still need the stuff arm bracket under the seat or will the plate due?... when I say make due. Maybe 10 to 20 lbs of gear plus a passenger
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Givi sr357 is the kit you need.

Take a look at the Yamaha Comfort seat. I like it.


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Welcome from Chicago!

Originally Posted by Tlydecker27 View Post
Hello all.... Thank you for allowing me to join. I look forward to reading about the great trips and make shift accessories for our beloved FJR

Welcome! Glad to have you and I hope the FJR is everything you want it to be. I remember traveling through Bergen County, NJ, quite often in the late 90's and thought it all beautiful scenery!

Send some pics, if you can, when you are riding out there! We have great curves here in Chicago but we call them on-off ramps! :--)
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-03-2020, 06:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I live in northern NJ and have a ‘16 with a Laam seat. You are welcome to borrow the Laam seat for a day to try it out. I also have a Helibar Bridge for a more upright riding position so you can sit on the bike and see if bar risers would help. I am 6’ and the seat and bar risers have made big mile days very comfortable. Highway pegs have also helped a lot.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-03-2020, 07:52 PM
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Welcome to the forum from central NJ. Three words to say, "Russell Day Long". It was on my '06 when i bought it used from a guy in Pittstown, NJ. Mines leather, with the leather pillion, and the backrest. Awesome seat. I do trips up to NH several times a year. Never an issue.

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