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    Agreed! It explains the amount of motorcycles I currently have

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    Speaking of Buells for sale:

    https://tallahassee.craigslist.org/m...623845346.html

    A Twofer! - https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...e-6086532e3ebb

    (I have no interest or involvement in any of the above - just putting the word out.)

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    I appreciate all of your replies.

    As tempted as I am, that Firebolt is 5 hours away from me. Wish I was closer so I could at least sit on it and see if the seating position is comfortable. I'm also thinkin of just sticking with the Uly. A mesh air-flow seat cover just might solve my heat issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c3powil View Post
    I appreciate all of your replies.

    As tempted as I am, that Firebolt is 5 hours away from me. Wish I was closer so I could at least sit on it and see if the seating position is comfortable. I'm also thinkin of just sticking with the Uly. A mesh air-flow seat cover just might solve my heat issues.
    Check out a BeadRider(R) seat cover! Years ago I tried a sheepskin cover, and different seats (different bike), and found the BeadRider was far and away the best.

    https://beadrider.com/product-catego...orcycle-seats/

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    Thank you, Pushr0d, I will probably get one of those. My bike currently has the "low" seat. I found an OEM NOS Tall seat on Ebay for $100, so I snagged it. It obviously wont help with the height issue, but I'm thinking it will get my butt away from the engine a bit more, which will help me feel less uncomfortable in the summer weather.

    What size did you order? Feel like there's much difference in the wood vs ceramic?
    Last edited by c3powil; 06-07-2023 at 02:22 PM.

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    That beadrider looks like it came out a New York taxi !

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    I ordered a cheap knockoff from Amazon...

    Went on a long-ish ride on the Uly yesterday and think I made up my mind. I'm going to keep the Uly for the foreseeable future. However, if a nice XB9S or SX comes up for sale locally I may make the swap then.

    Thanks for all the input from you guys. Uly is a great bike. I'm confident that once I work out what seating arrangement works best for me, the heat problems will be a non-issue. The size is something I don't really think is worth trying to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrett View Post
    Wouldn't be caught dead.
    Ah, but not if you tried one!

    They're awesome! I love mine - keeps the 'monkeybutt' away! I only use it on road trips - my commute is really short.

    c3powil, I have the wooden version. The BR site has a sizing chart - a Uly calls for the 13" square one.

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    Thanks, I ended up going with an Amazon knockoff to see proof of concept.

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    The seat on the Versys 300X is worse than a park bench so Bubbles (who is already in-seam challenged) put one of those Instagram airflow seat covers on it and reports it is a good improvement in comfort without too much height added.


    The Uly has a very flat seat, so it should be inexpensive to have an upholstery shop cut out the old foam and use some better memory-type padding at the same thickness. Or do it yourself for a fun project:
    https://www.buellxb.com/forum/showth...oes-upholstery



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