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I plan on doing some very long rides this year on my new bike. Has anyone had a long trip on the SVTC and had a chance to evaluate the seat? Thanks.
 

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I plan on doing some very long rides this year on my new bike. Has anyone had a long trip on the SVTC and had a chance to evaluate the seat? Thanks.
The 2018 SVTC OEM saddle is excellent for both the rider and the co-rider. I have a Corbin Gunslinger and Lady saddle on my 2004 Kawasaki ZR-7S, but have no intentions of replacing my SVTC OEM saddle. My wife and I can be upon that saddle with the usual butt-breaks/fuel stops, for easily over 12 hours without butt-cheek fatigue or pain. We both couldn't say the same for our stock OEM 2008 GL1800 saddle. The SVTC has so many things right, OEM, and the saddle is one of 'em.
 

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Thanks. I appreciate your comments. Can't wait for the weather to improve so I can find out!
 

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Thanks. I appreciate your comments. Can't wait for the weather to improve so I can find out!
Did you buy your SVTC over the Winter months, and haven't yet had a few hundred miles under your belt? Just wondering...as most forum readers would... :)

We got ours last May, and have:

1....taken weekend trips throughout the riding season,
2. Toured from Toronto to Nova Scotia, and took the simply ***amazing*** Cape Breton Island full tour. Came back home through Bar Harbor, Maine....
3. Did the Lake Superior Northern Tour, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
4. Went down to visit in August, family in Phoenix, Arizona. Our SVTC performed flawlessly.
5. To close off last season, in late October, we took in the Fall colors by heading to Wawa, Ontario, then coming back, went over to Manitoulin Island, took the Ferry over to Tobermory, pigged out on fresh White Fish overlooking the harbor....and then down the peninsula back over to Toronto.

All in all, not one hiccup, burp, falter, back step...from our 2018 SVTC. A simply fabulous grand touring bike....and we are this year (2019) as one of our two major trips (we see Tours----> as major and minor) we are heading out to Boise, Idaho,, up through Montana....back home through Minnesota....and butt-breaking all the way...what interests us...we'll stop and hike, or tour....that sort of easy laid-back motorcycle vacation. We love the carry capacity of the SVTC and will be packing for not only motel/hotel stays, but for camping as well. We love Provincial/State Parks, as well as all the usual franchised suspects. :)


Joe
 

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I purchase my SVTC three weeks ago. Still to much snow and ice to go ridng yet. I plan on a number of long rides this season. The longest trip is from Maine to Portland, OR. That's why I asked about the seat.
 

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I purchase my SVTC three weeks ago. Still to much snow and ice to go ridng yet. I plan on a number of long rides this season. The longest trip is from Maine to Portland, OR. That's why I asked about the seat.
Maine to Portland...no worries...I'd just advise really treating the bike gently within the first 600 miles of break-in...then...read upon this forum of the necessity for a good high level friction cushion formulation in the 10W40, 15W50, or 20W50 viscosity rating. This bike puts a huge demand on the oil formulation to prevent scoring and galling between the cam lobes and the flat lifter surfaces, due to four high performance valve springs having to be opened by the cam/flat lifter contact points. Keep this in mind...and you will have no problems with the rest of the engine...for it is truly built like a tank.

I'd also ONLY use a full synthetic formulation. If you stick with YamaLube 15W50, you can't go wrong....for it has a high ESTER formulation, with a good ZDDP back up. I have only used YamaLube Full Synth 15W50 since my first oil change last May, coming off my 600 mile break in, and the engine only produces those fabulous sounds from the tips of the mufflers, and that of a busy mechanical MONSTOR 113 C.I. mile gulper...

Enjoy getting to Oregon....you own the right bike for the journey!
 

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Thanks for the info. I'll probably have 1500 miles on my bike when I leave. I'm an Amsoil guy so I'll stick with that. They have a great synthetic twin oil. Just trying to make up my mind between 10w-50 or 15w-60 (for high heat areas).
 

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Thanks for the info. I'll probably have 1500 miles on my bike when I leave. I'm an Amsoil guy so I'll stick with that. They have a great synthetic twin oil. Just trying to make up my mind between 10w-50 or 15w-60 (for high heat areas).
Yes, Amzoil is a good brand, used it quite a bit in my different Goldwings, mostly as 10W40. Enjoy your SVTC this season!
 

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I find the OEM seat to be extremely comfortable, which is a first for me as I almost always end up switching out the seat on bikes. I've done a 2000+ mile ride over the course of a week and really didn't have any complaint about seat comfort. I stopped every couple hours to stretch my legs and had no issues. My wife hasn't done any trips beyond a few hours with me, so I can't really speak to the long ride comfort of the seat for the passenger. I did install Rox risers for just a bit more pull back on the bars... quick and easy job, took about 20 mins and stock cables are all fine.
 

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I did a trip from North Texas to Rochchester Minnesota and back last July. Did 776 miles on my gray SVTC the first day with no problems. The guys I rode with on there Harleys were all complaining about butt ache. Broke my left ankle right after the trip and had my right knee replacement in January. My left knee replacement is scheduled for April 22. So I only have 4000 miles on mine and it is really tuff not being able to ride it. I plan on retiring the end of July and hopefully be good to ride by October. I plan on putting lots of miles on it. Have not had a passenger put many miles on the back seat but the couple that have ridden with me said it was comfortable.
 

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I plan on doing some very long rides this year on my new bike. Has anyone had a long trip on the SVTC and had a chance to evaluate the seat? Thanks.
I think the stock seat is better than most. I tend to spoil myself a bit though. I had them add gel & extra padding to the stock seat pan and then re-upholster it. The heaters still work no problem.
 

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Nice!! Where did you get that done?
Sorry @crossbowme I didn’t see your question. There is a small upholstery company about 2.5 hrs away from where I live called “All_Things_U”. They are very reasonable and do excellent work. On the day I had my seat done, I rode out to their house and sat around having a cocktail watching TV while they did my seat. Took them about 4.5 hrs while I waited and then rode home on it. My seat picture is featured on 3 different upholstery websites right now.
I also recently had them custom make a bra for my new trailer to match the seat.

 
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