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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Russell Day Long safe for shorter riders?

For those that have gotten a Russell Day Long seat and are shorter, would you say you feel safe when putting your feet down at a stop? In speaking to their rep, I am told that the seat height will increase 1.5". I am 5'-7" with a 29" inseam. If I sit back in the OEM saddle I can get the ball of my foot to my toes to touch but not the heal. If I move forward onto the seat horn I can stand flat footed. The Russell rep couldn't guarantee that I would be able to get the ball of my foot to touch when positioned on the horn, now the wife is wondering if it will be safe on future rides and all the stops I have to do. Balancing 1,000+ lbs. on tippy toes all the time raises the concern. Any first hand experience is welcomed. Any pictures of you on a Russell at stop with feet down might be helpful as well.
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For those that have gotten a Russell Day Long seat and are shorter, would you say you feel safe when putting your feet down at a stop? In speaking to their rep, I am told that the seat height will increase 1.5". I am 5'-7" with a 29" inseam. If I sit back in the OEM saddle I can get the ball of my foot to my toes to touch but not the heal. If I move forward onto the seat horn I can stand flat footed. The Russell rep couldn't guarantee that I would be able to get the ball of my foot to touch when positioned on the horn, now the wife is wondering if it will be safe on future rides and all the stops I have to do. Balancing 1,000+ lbs. on tippy toes all the time raises the concern. Any first hand experience is welcomed. Any pictures of you on a Russell at stop with feet down might be helpful as well.

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I am also about 5'7-8 and I have a RDL seat on for about 4K miles. I didn't have troubles with OEM seat, but this was a deal I couldn't pass up. It gives me almost,at least to me same as OEM. I am a 30" inseam. All the way back I can not flat floor but I simply slide forward slightly and I touch flat. Another thing is to lower the air suspension. Mine is on 12-13 and have discovered no difference in handling both 1 or 2 up. I would not ride my wife around if I thought I couldn't handle keeping us and the bike secure and in control. I also wear boots, regular sole and I am not on my tip toes. My advice if you decide to go this route is to do a lot of practicing in a parking lot, church etc, where you can gain confidence before tackling 2-up. IMO, Confidence and having a skill set will reduce any increased anxiety. Didn't catch your location, but if your around my neck of the woods, swing on by for a trial. I did an iron butt with OEM seat and again, I see no height difference, however for comfort and settling in the pocket, RDL is really a great seat no matter the distance riding. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Russell Day Long safe for shorter riders?

Don't have a Russell Day Long seat on my Wing BUT I'm 5-6 with 29 inseam and I have ridden Goldwings for over 10 years only being able to touch the ground with my tippy toes without issue. All a matter of balance.

BTW ... Russell Day Long seats are great ... I do have one on my Vstrom and I'm on tippy toes on that one too.

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Don't have a Russell Day Long seat on my Wing BUT I'm 5-6 with 29 inseam and I have ridden Goldwings for over 10 years only being able to touch the ground with my tippy toes without issue. All a matter of balance.

BTW ... Russell Day Long seats are great ... I do have one on my Vstrom and I'm on tippy toes on that one too.

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I am in PA so no test ride in my future. Been riding 2 up for about 9 years. 1500 was harder than the 1800 for balance.
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Russell Day-Long saddles are made custom for each individual rider. When you order your saddle, you have to provide them with your inseam, weight, and two photos of you sitting on your bike -- One with just the rider and one with rider and passenger, if you ride two-up. If you are not comfortable with your new saddle, you can send it back and they will do the alterations to ensure that it fits you.
I know this because I have put Russell Day-Long saddles on my bikes since the early 90's.
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At 73" tall I found the width of my RDL keeps me from flat footing my 1800 at stops. Not something that I ever expected. A slide forward to the narrow portion puts the boot flat. The comfort makes up for the inconvenience..

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This is great to hear, coming from another shorter rider with smaller inseam. I've also been wanting to get a RDL as well. Keep us all posted and updated!

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I agree with Bigtom. I have the RDL and have a 32" inseam. I to have to slide forward to flat foot at stops. Not a big deal to slide forward, I guess I have just gotten use to doing it. Living here I Redding just a short ride to RDL shop i have not had to have an adjustment made. Different story for the wife. She has had a couple adjustments made to the back seat. Not a problem for us, just ride in and less than a half hour the adjustments were made and we were back on the road again. Can't beat the seat for comfort.
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I also have a 29" inseam, and love my RDL. Flatfooting at a stop is something I have to work for. But, I have about 30,000 miles on my seat, and wouldn't trade it for any other seat (and, yes, I tries several other seats before getting to the RDL)

If you can find a fellow rider with a similar inseam, see if you can try out the fit before you make the rather sizable investment.

Good luck with finding your perfect fit.

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