After 23000k's my seat is still as good as new. Tip if you do go the route of re-upholstering. You don't necessarily need to use an equigel 'horse' gel pad - personal choice. Before getting the work done (or do it yourself - it's only stapled down and you can pick up cheap 'firm' foam in most places). Make sure you know you high it will be as per your height/comfort & remember it will bed down. Perhaps use firmer foam, but make it wider, not higher. Mine has bedded down a bit but it is still high, but it's the way I like it, and there is years left in the seat. Some have said they did not like the extra 5cm in heiight and width. The seat is the biggest problem IMO with comfort.
Also - don't over harden your suspension - my rec's (on a fully loaded new bike) take it back to factory default - on front - take rebound & compression up 2 clicks (on mine bike feels more stable and handles vibrations, in fact - the faster I go the smoother it gets - could cause trouble in the long run!). On back - spring up half a turn, compression, 8-9 (1-11- - underneath bike) and rebound 4-5 (1-7 - on side of bike). I might have the names confused - so check your manual.
Also - I rind the riding position ok and believe you need to be in the most 'sitting up, upright' position. So if you do redo the seat - make sure you are not sliding forward, i.e. the angle, too much I really reccommend the use of a kidney/back support belt. Doubles the ammount of riding time. It is a single and you will get vibes up your back on any long day's ride.
[This message has been edited by JNTaylor (edited 23 January 2003).]
KTM LC4 640 Adventure-R 2001
KTM Duke II 2000
Kawazaki ZX-6R 1998
BMW F650 1996