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    DR650 need some advice please.

    ok here is the deal I got this 00 dr650 and really love the bike......but it does have one or two issues that need addressed. #1 the seat. #2 the kick stand. I am going to make a seat for it cause I can't spend a lot on a custom made aftermarket all though I did buy a procycle seat and it's ok but not for the distance I will be riding it (500+miles a day) for 2 weeks in august. I got a airhawk for it but it does not work well with the procycle seat (to high). I put 2in handle bar risers on it and they made a big difference for comfort but the seat slopes forward and that is very uncomfortable, the stock seat has the same slope to. I don't want to cut up the new procycle seat so I will make a new seat pan and go from there. I don't care what the seat ends up looking like as long as it is comfy. I will take it off and put the other back on for normal riding. But maybe somebody has a good idea there?? ok the kick stand I think is to tall and when the bike is loaded it will be unusable so I was wondering if anybody here has put one of the center stands on and do they work ok? or do I buy or make a new kickstand that is shorter? what else do I need to think about for this cross country ride any insights will be appreciated.20150320_103332.jpg
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    I've had 4 seats on my DR, the stock seat, the DR gel seat, a Sargent seat, and a custom seat. I'm still looking for one that's comfortable.

    I don't have a center stand, but I did put on the DR "short" sidestand.

    You may have better luck with advice on the drriders forum:

    www.DRRiders.com

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    Centerstand would definitely be a nice addition for you on a long journey. They're great for maintaining/ lubing chain, removing rear tire in case of flat, and aids in removing front tire as well, with something propped under skid plate. One of the essential ingredients of any ADV bike, imo.-Glenn
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    I have the center stand easy to install a little hard to get it up on the stand and I have the Sargent low seat with the sheepskin cover.10337248_10202756929236413_2090480263_o.jpg
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    This is on the procycle site on the sheepskin cover.
    This is the secret for being able to put in those 500 mile days. Even a good touring seat can feel a bit firm after a couple hundred miles. Sheepskin gives that little bit of 'cush' and provides superior air circulation. Velcro straps allow easy removal when you don't need it. Measures 14" wide by 19" long.

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    Procycle also sales the silver side stand $60. for the lower bike setting.

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    I've tried just about everything, the best solution is: BeadRider ? Beaded Motorcycle Seats Try a Beadrider and you will find that the big buck seats are not necessary. What you need is air circulation to keep your a$$ dry......the other thing to consider if you plan on day after day of high mileage, is a pair of XL pantyhose. I know, sounds a little strange but cut them off at the knees and they will provide a slick surface so your skin isn't aggravated by rubbing against your riding pants. You can buy special purpose underwear that will do the same if you feel the need to to spend money.

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    500 mile days are long and hard to be on a stock DR. I have the bar raiser's as well and they are a must have. I Get Bye with the Colman ATV seat pad and stock seat but still would not attempt a 500 mile day. The sheep skin just might be the extra needed but wonder how fun it would be when it gets wet. I have the center stand as well and it's another must have. No idea why the stock kicker is too long it sucks but if you get a shorter stand for it you'll be fine but having a center stand is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    - my seats need to allow me to make 1500+ miles in a day...sometimes over 2000 miles in a day.
    And yes, I am serious.
    Ermmmm - 2000 miles dived by 24 hours equals just over 83mph (non-stop, not even for fuel)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    .....the best solution is to have a RDL seat made (Russell Day Long saddle... ........
    Good advice on the seat, Mike. I may try one myself.

    Did you miss this part of the OP's post? Or are you volunteering to buy it for him?

    " I am going to make a seat for it cause I can't spend a lot on a custom made aftermarket....."

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