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Dirt Rider - - Route Sheet - Story And Photos By Sean Klinger

Take your seat off when you wash your bike, es­pe­cially if you have an af­ter­mar­ket seat cover. This is a cheap and easy way to ex­tend the life of your seat foam. As you can see in the photos, wa­ter can get into your seat foam from wash­ing, as well as from wet and muddy rid­ing con­di­tions. You can see the ribbed pat­tern of the seat cover has trans­ferred onto the foam at each of the seams. Un­less it says so, most af­ter­mar­ket seat cov­ers are not wa­ter re­sis­tant, while most OEM seat cov­ers are. Over time, the foam be­gins to crum­ble and just sort of fall apart from get­ting wet. It can also get wa­ter­logged and start to weigh a lot. The seat in the photos is only a year old, and it was re­moved dur­ing the ma­jor­ity of bike-wash­ing ses­sions; the cover was re­moved to in­spect the foam. But the bike is a GNCC racebike and it saw a lot of muddy, sloppy, wet con­di­tions, so some degra­da­tion is un­avoid­able.

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