I have to agree with the list. The first 1,000 mile day I did on the KLR was rather uncomfortable. I have only done four 1,000 mile days on the bike since I bought it. I find that after about 600 miles I am starting to shift my weight around occasionaly. I spent 10,000 miles riding to/from and in Mexico last November. If you plan on doing any more than an occasional thousand mile day, definitely get a new seat. Otherwise, the stock seat is OK.
Actually, I don't mind the seat too much except it is way too soft. I am 6'3" and anytime I am on the road I am sitting on the passenger seat. The drivers seat is too far forward. If I were to change the seat I would make it stiffer. Soft seats put all kinds of pressures on your butt and can actually cause the skin to stretch, which is really painful after a while. A sheep skin would be helpfull too. I am way too cheap to spend the big bucks on an aftermarket seat. I have a freind that does re-upholstery for cars and I plan on getting some good stiff seat foam from him and making my own seat. Some day. Hey, the bike only has 13,000 miles on it, it's still under warrantee.
New Boston, NH
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[This message has been edited by Grant Johnson (edited 11 April 2002).]