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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Speed Triple RS Ergonomics/Comfort

I am coming off of a BMW S1000R. With a Sargent seat, it was pretty comfortable for long stretches. I like to do 300-400 mile rides when I get time to take the bike out. Wondering if the Speed triple RS is all day comfortable? And what about pillion comfort?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 02:07 PM
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Pillion is basically a vinyl covered brick and pizza slice small.
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I'm 5' 11" and about 250 and 52. I have rearsets and regular handlebar on my 2007. I've done 800 miles of mostly twisties in 2 days. I wouldn't say it's comfy like a RT1150, but at least as comfy as your bike. I regularly ride over a 100 miles at a time and it's not a problem.

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It’s better than the 1050 but still not all-day. 400mile day are a no go. I rode my ‘16 R down from NY to Miami in two days so 550 miles each day and was not fun to say the least. The stock seat isn’t prepared for touring, ergonomics are fine so you could send your seat to Sargent to refill and upholster and be touring ready. I did that with my 1050 and rode from Miami to blue ridge mts. and back with ease compared to my buddy’s Augusta Brutale’s cardboard seat.
So in short, you won’t be able to enjoy touring without getting a Sargent seat done. You can also do Corbin if you’re in the heavy side.

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My 2 cents:

It's hard to say how the S3's seat will fit YOU. I'm a 51 year old teenager that's 5"7" tall and weighs 200#. My inseam is 31 inches. My 2017 Speed Triple and its stock seat fits like a comfortable glove. I've done several 400+ mile rides with no issues whatsoever. In fact, the last trip I took over the 4th of July week, the seat felt even better than it did during my first long ride of the year in May.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. I am 5'9", 175lb without gear and have a 31" inseam. Mainly concerned about the ergonomics. I can customize the saddle if necessary. Sounds like the geometry of the bike should work for me
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To positively fix the ergos It’s all about pegs and handlebar position, you could install Rox handlebar raisers and come with anti-vibration dampeners ($100) I think they’re 2 inches and they pivot so you can move the angle to your preference.
I had those since I felt the standard setup was a bit too low and had me hunching over really feeling my weight on my wrists.
At 5’9 you should be fine with the pegs but if you feel cramped there’s lowering pegs on another recent thread here, about 2 inches and pretty neat ($?), that mod really changes the comfort for good and you’ll be officially touring ready.

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I'm a 6'2" tall, 165 lbs 76 year old with a bad back. With a handlebar change to a Renthal Street Low (stocker had too much pullback), my 2014 S3R is the most comfortable bike I've owned. No touring here, but I can spend most of the day on the bike with a few short breaks and I'm good.

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since we're all chiming in and its a subject I'm interested in I'll add my change to the pile

I'm 31years old, 6'2" 210" and a minor low back injury. Traded a 15' Striple R for my 19 S3 RS for several reasons but probably the main one was how much better it fits my size etc.

In Central Florida its either Raining or hot AF, but I ride to work nearly every day and my dealer is about 120miles away in Tampa. I've ridden to Tampa twice and St. Augustine once and each ride is easier than the last. I think the tank is only good for around 150miles anyway and by then a good leg stretch is welcome. The seat is definitely not soft, but I definitely haven't felt unreasonably sore after riding a few hundred miles in a day.

Personally, I think 400 miles might be pushing it just a bit. The ergonomics for me are fantastic now but I do agree the seat could be a bit more giving. My GF said the rear pillion isn't too bad but it's tiny and she was probably never on it more than 45min-1hr tops. I would love to send both seats off to be "improved" with better padding if its not highway robbery to do that.

that said i have put about 1300 miles on it in the last month and i really don't find myself wishing the seat was better.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Do the Rox risers require any modification to the switch gear/cables on the handlebar?
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