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Just bought and read the review and.... We came 4th out of 4! What! Really, they explained it was the ridiculous riding position which I agree puts a whole load of weight on your butt, they said anything over 10/20 miles is too painful to continue! Ok not the most comfy bike but most fun bike out there and probably one of the coolest, I do like the guzzi but would miss the power difference, don't like beemers and test rode the triumph and nearly fell asleep it was that boring. Surely 2nd place at least, maybe Ducati wasn't willing to give a big enough back hander to the mag.
 

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Cheap "Vault" backpad & four 2" X 4" outdoor rated Velcro strips helps the butt. Riding position with flat bar works for me.

#1 for me
Besides, everyone knows BIKE is a bunch of punters...MCN much better!!! ;)
 

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I myself love the riding position of my Icon with stock seat. I never listen to "expert" reviews and try things for myself otherwise I would never own half the things I do...
 

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A Mustang seat is you friend :) After inside info I had heard once on magazine reviews I trust them about as much as Bill Cosby giving me a drink or tap water from a faucet in Mexico.
 

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When I saw this post I wondered if the review might be correct. I've not ridden the other bikes, though I like the look of the Triumph and the Guzzi, but the comments seem extreme. The seat is not comfortable, lets be honest. I ride everyday and twice a week I do a 120 mile round trip commute. I've ridden to London and back in a day (500plus mile round trip), twice, and once with a pillion. I go to Bristol now and again, round trip (340 mile round trip) so I feel I can comment on comfort! I've sat on worse. In fact I borrowed a V-Strom 650 while my bike was in for some work and the seat was no better, and it should have been. What gets to me tho' is the assumption that any of us Scrambler owners have bought it to impress school girls. This is surely the point at which the review becomes pointless.
He is also riding the other bikes with mods, but not the Icon. If he had the FT bars he may have changed his opinion on riding position and comfort.
Looking at an 821 now anyhow. 13000 miles on the Icon and feel like a more grown-up bike is needed.
 

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When I saw this post I wondered if the review might be correct. I've not ridden the other bikes, though I like the look of the Triumph and the Guzzi, but the comments seem extreme. The seat is not comfortable, lets be honest. I ride everyday and twice a week I do a 120 mile round trip commute. I've ridden to London and back in a day (500plus mile round trip), twice, and once with a pillion. I go to Bristol now and again, round trip (340 mile round trip) so I feel I can comment on comfort! I've sat on worse. In fact I borrowed a V-Strom 650 while my bike was in for some work and the seat was no better, and it should have been. What gets to me tho' is the assumption that any of us Scrambler owners have bought it to impress school girls. This is surely the point at which the review becomes pointless.
He is also riding the other bikes with mods, but not the Icon. If he had the FT bars he may have changed his opinion on riding position and comfort.
Looking at an 821 now anyhow. 13000 miles on the Icon and feel like a more grown-up bike is needed.
Yeah I agree, although I've not done the mileage you have I have covered 120 miles in a day with a pillion and was ok (slight numbness), I've owned 4 monsters and the scrambler is by far the comfiest riding position, I test rode the 821 nice bike, lovely sound but wife didn't like the pillion position and it also made me ride faster!
 

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Armo, some valid points..... I thought the 821 seat was ok but didn't try with missus. Reviews say they've improved the pillion seat on it, we shall see. I think my 50 year old spine and arse is more the problem... The speed thing is a worry though...2 court cases in a year so I'm feeling a bit paranoid.
 

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Armo, some valid points..... I thought the 821 seat was ok but didn't try with missus. Reviews say they've improved the pillion seat on it, we shall see. I think my 50 year old spine and arse is more the problem... The speed thing is a worry though...2 court cases in a year so I'm feeling a bit paranoid.
I thought the seat was ok for me but it was more the height that the wife didn't like and that the pace had picked up! But she agreed the bike looked well cool. The Monster rode really well but the position on the scrambler is better for my 5ft 9 frame and ageing wrists.
 

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Typical UK bike press, the Scrambler was one of the bikes of the year 2015 but to sell magazines its now sh*te whereas newer bikes are better so you must buy.
My original Icon seat was rubbish (maybe because it was from the 1st batch), I replaced it with a Classic seat and its much more supportive. The FT 'bars are much more suited to longer distance and faster riding.
I swap mine around all the time (because I can) and by the way I still love it and I'm keeping it!
 

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Does it honestly matter what Bike think as long as you're happy with it. Personally when I rode mine over 60 miles on the way home from the dealer I thought god what have I bought the ride is bloody awful! The only things I've done is add a tail tidy & low Renthal bars which for me are just right.
Now I've done 4,500 -ish miles its all softened off (or I've got used to it) a bit & I just love riding it down A/B roads I always come back with a big grin on me fizog! Its light, handles brilliantly & always makes me ride it like I've just nicked it!!
As for Bike? They can do one. Happy riding all
 

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I'm on seat #4, Stock Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and now Seat Concepts which is excellent.Eliminates that ballbusting dip and you sit a bit higher.
BTW, the Urban Enduro is for sale on Ebay
 

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Like I said, seat is excellent. Have it now for several months and very happy.
You actually send them the seat and they redo it
If you know a good re upholstery place, some people go that route
 

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Like I said, seat is excellent. Have it now for several months and very happy.
You actually send them the seat and they redo it
If you know a good re upholstery place, some people go that route
Ah, I see, I see. I was hoping you'd done the install yourself. I've researched a bit and it's pretty straight forward, so I'll be tackling this myself. I've recovered more dirtbike seats than I can remember and it appears to be somewhat of the same process.
 

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I found the stock seat somewhat uncomfortable. I tried the "comfort seat" and it was good for 80+ mile rides but not more. So I got a local car/boat/bike seat upholstery shop to rebuild my stock seat making it flat and wider in front and now it is fine. I lusted after a Monster 696 a number of years ago but as soon as a sat on it, I knew the ergos would never work for an old short (5'9") dude with short arms regardless of how the seat treated my butt. So it is the total package that matters.. I do wish the handle bars on the Icon were slightly less wide and that there was a little more distance from seat to pegs (as with my DR 650). But overall the Icon is my favorite bike since the Triumph Trophy 500 (pictured) that I bought new in 1970
 
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