The seat on the TW was designed by someone in Japan who obviously had no idea of how big the balls of your average American is. Average time with the stock seat before thinking “My arse needs a break” is around an hour and a half
Shifting your butt on the seat can alleviate this (briefly), which is good, ‘cos given the shape of the seat, you’ll eventually find your “gentlemen’s area” migrating towards to tank
Most Japanese trial bikes do this, which may have something to do with the Oriental ability to withdraw their nuts up into their body in combat
Thus, the crafty Yanks came up with the “Seat Concepts” saddle, which enables the rider with bigger bollocks to go for around one hour and thirty five minutes, a vast improvement in my opinion, although it didn’t quite address the problem of “tank collision”
And so, the “Seat Concepts” saddle in “carbon fibre” was born, albeit in name only, ‘cos it’s still plastic. However, this bold new move, named the “gripper seat”, has saved many a nut sack – for about another five minutes
And recently, we now have the ““Seat Concepts tall saddle”, although its efficacy is yet to be tested, it’s looking good so far, as no longer being able to put both feet down means you will be shifting your arse about more frequently
At the end of the day, you can strap an armchair on there, or put up with the stock seat, or just about anything in-between – most of us treat the stock seat as a “serving suggestion”, although this could possibly explain why so many trail riders are often seen standing up on the pegs …..