Bummer! I was going to test my "new'' seat this weekend (the weather was perfect) and my batteryHello,
When I purchased my 2006 Suzuki DR-Z400SM on January 2011, it came with the "Gel Seat".
It looked very nice but after riding the bike for 20-30 minutes, it proved to be kind of hard and poorly
designed because it's not flat or roundish but crowned in the middle, which makes your bottom hurt.
So I did a lot of research to see what other seat options were available and I found out that many
companies make custom seats but they were too expensive in my opinion. My next step was to buy a
a used, "stock seat" and I found one on ebay for about $40. This seat was actually a little better than
the "gel seat" but still, after riding on it for about 30 minutes or so, it made my bottom feel sore.
I did some research again and saw on Youtube that some guys showed how to re-upholster a seat and
I knew that if they could do it, I could do it too. I purchased an upholstery stapler and staples from
Home Depot for $13, then I purchased some generic foam (softer than the stock seat foam) and last
night, I re-covered the seat (see photos). The gap in the middle of the seat foam is because I have
a medical condition called chronic prostatitis and making the seat foam this way, relieves the pressure/ pain.
I also added some extra foam to the "passenger" seat section and it's more comfy now.
In all, I spent about $28 for the foam and tools ($40 for the stock seat) and I really like how it turned out.
It may not have been professionally installed but it looks good in my opinion and the foam is not too soft
or too hard. I can't wait for the weekend to give it a try.
Basically I have the money to buy a new Corbin, Seat Concepts, Renazco, etc. but I'm all against spending
money on anything that is "unreasonably expensive".
I'll let you know how comfortable my "new" seat is, until then... have a great day