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Old 10-06-04, 05:37 PM   #1
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I am contemplating buying a Burley Koosah. The price looks good, it is made in USA, and appears very well made and easy to ride, and has OC steering. The gryo Bacchetta also looks good, but may be harder to ride with the higher bottom bracket and the short wheel base, and the cost is more.
Are there any negatives with the Koosah? Another consideration is transporting the Burley, also the Gyro ?

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Old 10-08-04, 04:24 PM   #2
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Well I guess I answered my own questions about the Burley Jett Creek, same as the Koosah. Three hour ride on the Burley today. Bought it yeaterday. Seat is very hard and unconfortable after thirty minutes in the saddle. Acceleration very slow and hills are hard to climb. On the level ground it is hard to get speed, about 12 mph tops for today. On my Linear I could hit 25 or 30, but the USS made it hard to control.
For slow riding the Burley is good and the learning curve is 0, very easy to ride. Good for running to the store and around town, a relaxing slow ride. For a ride over ten miles I would not do it. Seat looks very difficult to remove from the bike, or for that matter adjust the seat angle, although I have not tried yet! Seat back is not confortable. Am I too pickey? My opinion about Burley Jett Creek.
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Old 10-08-04, 08:51 PM   #3
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Three hour ride on the Burley today. Bought it yeaterday. Seat is very hard and unconfortable after thirty minutes in the saddle.
Hi John Ben,

Calhoun Cycle, the innovative folks who created and sell the fabulous Evo Pro handlebars(great low tiller alternative to stock handlebars on some bents), sells the Rans seatbase(considered the standard in recumbent seat base comfort) with modified hardware to fit your Burley! It also comes with a "micro-tilt" adjustment to dial in the seat base angle to maximize your comfort. They sell it for about $110, and that seems like a reasonable price to increase the comfort of your seatbase by tenfold(at least).

Once you get your seatbase issue resolved, then you can adjust the recline angle of your Burley seatback--it may not seem like much, but, believe me--it can make all the difference in the world. Finding the optimal seatback angle can not only improve your overall level of comfort while riding the bike; it can also improve the overall handling of your bike, too.

I was going to order the seatbase from Calhoun Cycle if I ended up buying the Jett Creek...but I found the Rans Stratus much more to my liking...so I bought it instead!

Here's the link to the Calhoun website page; scroll down to near the bottom, and you'll see their modified seatbase:
Calhoun Evolution Seatbase

Good luck!
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Old 10-22-04, 12:02 PM   #4
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I've owned a Koosah for about a month now. I love the thing. It is my first bent and it is such a nice looking thing. I never biked much prior to the Koosah, only once or twice amonth or so in good weather. I'm on the Burley nearly everyday and have built up to about 8 miles/day at that. I started out at 3 miles per day 4 weeks ago. Time, not exhaustion/fatigue, keeps me from going further. On the weekends when I have alittle more time I'm doing 12 miles and hope to up that to 15 this weekend.

At first I found it hard to go over 8-9 mph. Now I average around 14. There is one good stretch of flat on my trip that goes for about 3 miles and I am able to maintain 16-18 mph in that stretch. I love it. I think I could go faster, but have never ridden fast before and as such am a bit frightened. I am increasing in speed as I increase in coordination.

I've ridden it for a few hours in the rain and have found the ride pleasant enough and felt in control at the speeds I maintain, which is to say below 18 mph.

That said, I do feel the seat could use ALOT of improvements. My problem with it is two fold. First, I weigh only 134 lbs and am 5'4". The seat is very slippery. When I hit the bumps the bike literally bounces me off the seat! Not Cool! I have learned that when I can anticipate the bumps--know they are coming--I can brace my legs and drive my bottom into the seat and not have such a huge bounce. The seat is slippery though and I find it difficult to keep from slouching when I have my rain gear on.

I also have arthritis in my spine and I find that Koosah's seat back a bit uncomfortable. I can feel my spine all along the back. I found this problem to be the case on the Rans Tailwind and the EZ thingamajiggy I test rode, too. So, I think that just might be something I will have to deal with myself.

Still, I feel my investment has been well worth it and the Burley has hooked me to bents. I know now I'm a bent freak and I will always be one.

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John Ben,
I purchased an EZ Sport over the Koosah, and one of the main reasons was the seat. The EZ Sport seat is much bigger, thicker, and more easily adjustable. I've read other postings that indicate that the Koosah's seat, and Burley seats in gereral, are very much lacking in comfort and ease of adjustablity.

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