See the shape of the scoop? It looks very comfy, but in fact you are sitting on a slope, and you have the choice of either a) sitting back and feeling like you are constantly sliding down a hill on your bum, or b) sitting forward and getting a serving of crushed nuts on your 99.
|Looks comfy. Isn't.|
Fortunately, there was also a more off-road oriented version of the GS called the Dakar - louder graphics, taller suspension, higher seat, not for midgets. The seat on the Dakar promises an extra 40 mm of height, and the two are interchangeable. So I went to the recommended source (Motorworks in Yorkshire) and bought a Dakar seat. It arrived and was fitted yesterday, and it's much better. There is a lot more foam padding, so comfier for the old derrière, and it is noticeably higher. The knees are grateful, the hips don't complain quite as much, and you can see over cars better. No long rides yet, but I can see this being good for 100+ miles at a time, which is really all I need. By that distance, my brain is ready for a rest and a stroll in any case.
Here's the old one:
... and here's the new:
|Mmmm. Arse says 'thank you'|
The old seat was a rather pleasant orangey-red, which I thought went well with the black bodywork, but the all-black appearance of the new seat is quite funky in a different way.
Now, whether to sell the old seat, or keep it 'just in case'?