Being 6’2” tall it is common for me to feel a bit awkward on my bike. I always run lower foot pegs to create more leg room, but haven’t tried a tall seat in years. Recently I decided to give another tall seat a shot and see if I liked it.
SDG Complete Tall Seat Facts:
- Weight: 3lb 5.4 oz (2 lb 7.8 oz stock)
- Added distance peg to seat: 1.25” Measured straight up from peg
- Test Bike: 2014 KTM 450 SX-F
- MSRP: $139.99 Buy on Amazon from $94.31
The fact that SDG can sell a seat cover and foam installed on a new seat base for the same price as buying just a seat cover and foam is awesome. What a great idea by SDG. They found a problem – the hassle of installing a new seat cover and foam and solved it.
Man, did this thing look goofy when I put it on my bike! The only issue I have with the seat is that the seat cover was loosely installed allowing it to be wrinkly. I honestly wasn’t able to ride it enough to test the durability, but every part of the seat appears to be high quality.
On the Track
When I first sat on this seat I fell in love with the density of the foam. It is perfect. Riding out to the track through the pits for the first time I felt I was sitting a bit high, but figured I’d get used to it. After two days of riding with this seat I realized it wasn’t going to work out. The tall seat did make it easier to move from sitting to standing and to grip with my knees, with one big consequence: changing the cornering characteristics of my bike. It felt like I was sitting on top of my bike in corners rather than being a part of it. My bike felt awkward and hard to lean over in ruts and tight corners and unstable in high speed sweeping corners. Because of the handling issues it caused, this seat is not for me.
For me the disadvantages of the tall seat outweigh the advantages. That said, I believe SDG’s complete seat is a quality product and would have no problem recommending a standard height SDG complete seat to a friend.