Russell Sport Seat or Kontour? ’11 RT Low – info/advice needed.

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    I apologize for yet another seat question, but I’ve not been able to find a thread that’ll answer my specific questions. I’m specifically looking for information on the Russell Sport Seat and Kontour seats. So here goes:

    I’m limited on the options I have due to the design of the Low Suspension seat. I’ve sent e-mails to all the “custom seat” companies, and those two companies are the only ones who can modify my stock seat. This is what I’ve gathered so far.

    Kontour – I like the material they use to cover the seat with. Here in Ky, most of the riding season is hot and humid. The padding material they use seems like it’d be comfortable. Their claim is no additional height added to the seat after the build.
    Russell Day Long – I’d be getting the “Sport Seat” version. No springs, just replacing the padding. But they can add a adjustable drivers backrest, which is something I think I’d really like. Leather, Vinyl or velour options for seat covering. Not sure how their padding compares to Kontours.

    I’ve seen a Kontour seat. I really like the material they use for covering the seat, very breathable according to the owner. And the padding is comfortable. NO experience with the Russell seat, but I’ve read a lot of good reviews on them. Not sure if the Sport Seat version is the same as the regular Russell Seat far as comfort goes.

    If I wear the correct breathable undergarments, would the type of seat covering be as much of an issue?

    I’d appreciate anyones experience with either seat, preferably the Sport Seat version or Kontour seats in general. I’ve read in the forums where the owner of Kontour can be difficult to deal with, but my friend had nothing but good things to say about the customer service. And he’s answered all my e-mails in a timely manner. I’ve read the thread on this site about the Kontour seats and the issues with the owner.

    Either way I go, it’s a lot of money for the seat. I’d like to have it completed by riding next riding season, so I’ve got until at least mid March to have it completed.
    Thanks in advance for the info or advice. And again I apologize for yet another seat thread.


    I have the Kontour seat and like it very much. I can ride 700-800 miles a day with no problem and have done 1,000 or more 4 or 5 times. However, I have never ridden on a Russell seat.


    I had a Russell Sport seat on a Tiger 1050 and have the full monty Russell on a Moto Guzzi Norge.

    The difference between the two is very small.


    The most comfortable seat, for me, was a Kontour. I’ve owned RDL’s, Sargent, Corbin etc and the Kontour beat them hands down.

    But like Oil, the answer is “it depends”. What fits my bottom may not be comfortable for you. Every brand has owners that think their seat is the best.

    Your mileage will vary.

    Ride Well


    If faced with those 2 choices I go Russell.


    I have tried most seats from stock (a Teutonic torture device), Sargent (ok), Airhawk and Russell.  Russell is hands down the best seat. Just put one on my 2016 R1200GSW and could not be happier. No more pain.


    Russell Day Long is the best especially for long days in the saddle 🙂


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