4 – Proper Cover
The cover should not only be durable for miles of use, but also breathable and resistant to the elements.
Durability all comes down to what fabric is used, where the seams are positioned, and the slickness of the cover.
Most fabrics used nowadays on aftermarket adventure motorcycle seats are strong vinyl. Make sure the seams are positioned in places where they won’t be noticeable to the rider (or passenger), such as along the sides of the seat. And watch out for slick cover material; the slicker the material, the more you’ll slide around, which will decrease durability.
The most optimal covers will also be breathable, allowing moisture to not build up and deteriorate the inner material, and resistant to the elements. Not just the wet stuff, but also the sun. Some seats are created with fabric that naturally deflects the sun so it doesn’t heat up as quickly.
Adventure riders who frequent hotter climates like the desert will love the latter feature. The last thing you want to do after trekking through some hot sand is to sit on a hot seat.
5 – Custom Seat Heights
Many of the most modern seats are also available in different sizes: stock, lower, or higher. Seat height is a major issue for many riders.
Shorter riders want the bike lower, and off-road-oriented riders want the seat higher. Being able to alter seat height without touching suspension is another attribute to a quality aftermarket seat.
If you want to ride longer and safer, focus first on your butt. That’s the typical number-one pain point for many adventure touring riders, especially those who ride over 100+ on-road/highway miles during a single day.
All of the above were considered when Touratech designed its DriRide seat technology for the latest adventure motorcycles. This breathable seat was originally developed by Dakar Rally racers with the goal of increasing comfortable on long days in extremely hot conditions. Touratech engineers experimented with different fabrics and base materials to find a solution to maximize moisture transfer away from the body and improve rider comfort.