Oh so comfy.

[ Wednesday - June 3, 2009 ]

Having gone through two long trip on the stock 8GS low seat, I thought to myself, "Self, why must thou suffer the burning back side down under?  Must it always be this way?  Is there not another way to relieve that foreboding conflagration that happens after 200+ miles of riding?"  In so many words, saddle soreness.  I even attempted to use the dead sheep, from the 12GS and 12R, didn't result in a lot of success.  The only thing the dead sheep was able to do is provide a means to keep the backside from being too moist.  If you're saying to me "That's no good!", you're right.  So once the Yosemite trip was over, I decided it's time to take the plunge and get myself a decent if not good saddle.

To most folks, myself included, the name Touratech present thoughts of $s melting into the ether.  Looking as the Touratech-USA website, the Kahedo F8GS touring low seat comes in at a whopping $555.  After shipping, it's easily $580.  I said to myself, "Wow!  This is the same price as a custom seat.  I just hope it lives up to the price."  It is a Touratech after all.  I went ahead and click Submit to order the seat.

Picture courtesy of Touratech-USA.

A week later, I receive the Touratech-Kahedo seat.  Wow!  It feels good to the touch.  Now let's see if it feels good to the rear.  Putting the seat on my office chair, I straddle the seat.  Wow!  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Next it's time to mount it on the bike and have a sit.  I take the stock low seat off and put the TT-Kahedo seat on.  Initially the seat didn't want to click into place.  I ended up taking my tank bag off and applied a little elbow grease to get the seat to set.  Eventually it clicks and stay on.  I'm not sure why the seat had such a hard time staying on, but it's on nonetheless.  What next?  I hop on the bike and let my rear have an evaluation of how good the seat is.  OK... it feels fair enough.  It's definitely an improvement over the stock seat but not by much.  However, the real test will come tomorrow when I commute to work.

I ride to work.  Then I ride home.  What is my opinion of the TT-Kahedo seat?  WOW!  It's awesome!  Comfortable is hardly enough to describe it.  Even with something as simple as a commute, I can already tell the TT-Kahedo seat is comfortable like a comfy chair.  It almost makes the stock BMW low seat feel like I'm sitting on a 2x4.  No hot spots and everything is where it's suppose to be.  Not only that, I don't get that annoying "seam on the thigh" problem when I put my foot down at a light.

Yes folks, it is worth the $s and it's semi stock.  Well, stock in the sense that you don't have to go get yourself measured and wait 4+ hours for a seat to be assembled.

Written on: June 4, 2009
Last modified: June 4, 2009