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2000-2016 650 V-Star Custom Explorer™ RS Seat
Brand Fitment: Yamaha
Model Fitment: 650 V-Star Custom
Year Fitment: 2000-2016
Explorer Family of Seats
Product Overview (HD)
Carefully shaped for riding comfort and style, the Explorer RS has a luxurious appearance that should increase the value of the motorcycle. Inspired by the renowned Road Sofa™ touring seats, Saddlemen® has brought a high level of comfort and rich appearance to the Explorer line of cruiser-based touring seats.
Don’t think the Explorer RS as just another pretty face. Look past its luxurious appointments, and you can see that the deep, wide contours of the saddle mate with a refined nose shape that creates a long-distance saddle that helps the rider touch the ground with confidence at stops.
Under that luxurious exterior is Saddlemen’s® innovative pan engineering, so the seat slips on and mounts easily. The cover itself magnifies the cushion and support of our proprietary, progressive density foam and SaggleGEL™, so you want to keep riding even after you’ve reached your destination.
- A luxury version of Saddlemen’s® popular touring seat, but with a plush, pillow-top style covering
- Provides riders of a cruiser and other model motorcycles the comfort and style of a Road Sofa™ touring-style seat
- Supple SaddleHyde cover is ultra compliant, producing a smooth and comfortable ride for both the driver and passenger
- The exclusive, unique split-cushion design separates the seating surface from the lumbar support, reducing tailbone and backpressure for maximum long-range comfort
- Saddle Gel interior with progressive density foam conforms to rider’s shape for long-mileage comfort
- This saddle features a deep and wide contoured lumbar area with a specialized nose shape that helps the rider touch the ground with confidence
- Most Explorer RS models are available with a matching driver’s backrest for superb lumbar support and riding comfort.
- The seat’s carefully engineered, gel-coated marine-grade fiberglass base with plated hardware is the foundation for a long service life
- Each seat is easy-to-install with all necessary mounting hardware and instructions included
- Made in the USA
Typical Outline – Your Seat May Vary
Selecting the proper Saddlemen seat should begin with the question, "How long in the saddle and riding style or preference?" Knowing the comfort a rider will need will aim them at the best type of seats for their intended use, and then they can further hone their choice by looking at seats that would that complement their motorcycle and styling preference.
Saddlemen seats are a result of Integrated Design Philosophy (IDP™), which focuses on putting as much comfort into the seat as possible. IDP™ then takes styling cues from each motorcycle and incorporates them into the contours and patterns of each new seat. The result is a seat that is as comfortable as possible but also looks and fits perfectly on the motorcycle. Saddlemen's craftsmanship and quality assure you of an enjoyable ride – regardless of the distance.
By combining the attributes of our proprietary SaddleGel and advanced Progressive Density Foam, we create exceptional foundations that provide superior comfort and vehicle control. While thick seat foams are usually more comfortable, Saddlemen's Gel-Core technology is used in every seat to produce excellent comfort regardless of its thickness. That's why a slammed-down Saddlemen seat, such as the Profiler, rides so much more comfortably than other seats of a similar thickness. So if a thin Saddlemen seat is comfortable, imagine how plush a thick seat like a Road Sofa or an Explorer will be.
When creating a new seat, additional attention is always devoted to overcoming deficiencies that exist in the stock seat or other aftermarket seats. Our designers use advanced engineering plus practical riding experience to forge seats that ride comfortably, look great, and fit perfectly. For example, rigid plastic or resin-based seat pans with plated brackets provide superior fitment for easy, hassle-free installation. Riders will need to carefully study the attributes of each Saddlemen seat so they can learn how it can improve their riding experience. These seat types are:
Seats for Long Distance or "Touring"
These seats are aimed at users who will lay down 500+ miles open road in a day. Large, plush double bucket seats designed to keep rider and passenger in supreme comfort during long-distance riding.
Day Cruising Two-up Seats
These seats are great for cruising and day trips (200-mile tours). Still a significant improvement in the comfort of the original saddle, these seats aim for a balance between style and comfort, making for an enjoyable journey.
Low Profile Two-up Seats
Low slung trim, stylish seats that include seating for a passenger. The lean and minimalistic approach significantly complements the motorcycle's lines. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for (urban) boulevard cruising.
Renegade Solo & Pillions
These Rider-only seats are also great for cruising and day trips as they provide a superb level of comfort while looking great as only a solo saddle can. Matching pillion seats are available.
Slammed Solo's (S3) Seats
Low slung trim, stylish seats for lone riders. The lean and minimalistic style complements the motorcycle's lines. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for casual riding (no backrest options - see Universal Detachable Pillions Pad for passenger seating).
Pro Series Seats
Saddlemen's seat artisans occasionally partner with leading bike builders to create special edition seats. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but very comfortable for urban cruising with a unique appearance.
Specialty rider-only seats that feature the ubiquitous hump at the back of the seat. While aimed at style, the seat is very comfortable for urban cruising.