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    Exclamation My new Russell Daylong arrived!

    On Monday, I got back from our great, 10 day trip to Maggie Valley, NC, and was greeted by my Russell Daylong (RDL) custom seat conversion that arrived last Friday. The box was in great condition and the packing job was first class. The seat & two back rests were all in perfect condition. Each piece was in it's own plastic bag so even if the box fell into a lake, the contents would have been unharmed. Well done!

    I had them do black vinyl on the sides and the sitting areas in Sunbrella which is a heavy duty marine grade fabric. The cloth pattern is called "Crest Birch" and is an off white with black accents that, as you can see below, really do look like Birch bark. The light fabric is a good choice down here in sunny Florida, of course. It will be a few days before I have everything put back together, but here are a couple of preliminary inside the garage shots:





    I love the seat and my first static tryout sitdown with the back rest installed was almost a sexual experience. I could tell immediately that even as good as it was, my previous Corbin low profile will be out performed by this new RDL by a wide margin. I can't wait to get it on the road and "broken in" properly. Also, I'm quite hopeful that the love of my life will find her seat comfortable enough for her as well. Fingers crossed!

    Great job!! Just like the Seth Laam's, it was money well spent, that's for sure. Weather permitting, I'll have my first "long run" on it this weekend when I go out with a motorcycle Church group ride.
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    Former rides:
    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    I hope you and your wife will be as happy with your RDL as I am with mine.

    Said it before, and I'll say it again: Shelling out for the Day-Long seat rebuild is the best mod money I have spent on my CTX700.

    That's a beautiful treatment, Bob.

    Tell me, please, that you threw for a waterproof cover for it. The cover doesn't take up my room in your luggage, and it works even in a downpour.
    2014 Honda CTX700ND, "Flicker"
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    Cruisers: Victory Cross Roads, Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, Suzuki Boulevard C50, Suzuki Marauder 800
    Scooters: Suzuki Burgman 650, Suzuki Burgman 400, Honda Elite 80

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    Roger that, I got the cover. After all, I live in FL where sudden, localized showers are a way of life! I'm adding back my big rear trunk so I have plenty of space for it.
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    I had the occasion to go down to Grille Tech to see if my JFC Bracketz were done. So I rolled out the trike and tried out the new seat. My initial reaction was that I didn't overpay for this seat! It felt like I was sitting on a couple of MyPillows and I'm so looking forward to a few hours on it come Sunday.

    More to follow (of course!)
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    Former rides:
    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobWitte View Post
    I had the occasion to go down to Grille Tech to see if my JFC Bracketz were done. So I rolled out the trike and tried out the new seat. My initial reaction was that I didn't overpay for this seat! It felt like I was sitting on a couple of MyPillows and I'm so looking forward to a few hours on it come Sunday.

    More to follow (of course!)
    It's instantly good, and gets better over time (500+ miles) as the seat breaks in to your body.

    Now I just hope your lady-wife feels the same way about the rebuild.
    2014 Honda CTX700ND, "Flicker"
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    Cruisers: Victory Cross Roads, Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, Suzuki Boulevard C50, Suzuki Marauder 800
    Scooters: Suzuki Burgman 650, Suzuki Burgman 400, Honda Elite 80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    It's instantly good, and gets better over time (500+ miles) as the seat breaks in to your body.

    Now I just hope your lady-wife feels the same way about the rebuild.
    Thank you ma'am, me hope too!!

    I'm working on installing the vintage GoldWing passenger backrest today. In fact, I'm about to drag Karen out there to have her climb aboard for a "dry fit" of the backrest and arm rests. Fingers crossed!!
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    Okay, I got Karen to climb aboard today as I had hoped for a dry fitting. Lo & behold, she commented right away how much more comfortable the new seat was over the Corbin. She also liked the repositioning of the bags (no more crowding of her legs). I'll be working on the installation of the GoldWing backrest today which entails some epoxy work for mounting nuts. So it will be a few days before I attempt taking her out for an actual test ride.

    In the meantime, here are a couple more views of the new seat installation:



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    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    Former rides:
    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    Looks great, Bob!!

    BTW, nice saddlebags. Brand/model?
    2014 Honda CTX700ND, "Flicker"
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    Cruisers: Victory Cross Roads, Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, Suzuki Boulevard C50, Suzuki Marauder 800
    Scooters: Suzuki Burgman 650, Suzuki Burgman 400, Honda Elite 80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    Looks great, Bob!!

    BTW, nice saddlebags. Brand/model?
    They are Matazu's and this is the source: https://www.mutazu.com/collections/p...vtx-c90-vulcan

    They are "mid-range" in quality and price. I'm satisfied with them. I bought a set of their "RS" first:

    https://www.mutazu.com/collections/p...aki-bmw-harley

    I stripped them down & and primed for painting, but even with wheel spacers I wasn't able to make them fit. I think that the RS bags would really look boss on a two wheeled CTX.
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
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    Former rides:
    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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    This is for Woodswoman, first, but anyone else considering doing a Russell DayLong conversion for their CTX:

    I remember you mentioning somewhere that you had wished you had ordered the RDL backrest when you built yours a couple years ago. After 3.5 hours in the saddle today using the one I got with my new seat, and considering how close I came to not getting their backrest with mine, I can tell you that now that you have quite riding for the NY season, it would be time for you to order that overpriced backrest for your Daylong! It works better than any backrest I've ever had (and I've had a few).

    The new seat was great, and way ahead of either of the CTX700 Corbins I had before (both low profile & "regular"). I'm ever more hopeful that Karen will find her seat comfortable enough for her as well. I did the upgrade for her, but in any case, I'm delighted with my seat's conversion!!
    Current ride: 2014 Honda CTX700, w/Yelvington trike
    ------------------------------------------------
    Former rides:
    1955 Triumph 150cc Tiger Cub
    1959 98cc Moto Parilla Faun
    1948 Harley 80ci FL police model
    1964 Honda 250cc CB72
    1991 1200cc Sportster trike
    2006 Hyosung GV650 trike
    2006 Honda Spirit 750
    1982 Honda SilverWing GL500i trike

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