Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Erlanger, Ky, USA
Not to stir up the pot or to bring back old memories, but I just wanted to add my experience as I own a Kontour seat.
I rode my bike to the dealership in Louisville (100 miles away from home) in cold weather. I had on my LD Comfort underwear (love those things), a pair of jeans, and then my riding pants (double mesh with nylon in the butt.) Since it was about 40 degrees outside, I had turned my seat heater on to the second setting (HOT). Even with the air flow into the seat, I had to turn the heater down to the first setting (warm) because of the discomfort with the heat. I don't know the type or the quality of the heating elements that are used in these bikes but that may have a lot to do with how well your seat heater keeps you warm.
Having said that, I have the same slightly forward rake on my seat as well (higher in the back than the front.) I find that after a few minutes of riding, I'm not sitting on my butt, but on my "boys" and it is quite uncomfortable. I find myself having to "rearrange" things far too often and it's not exactly easy to do with gloves on. I'm a small framed guy at 5'6" and a 29" inseam. I cannot comfortably put both feet on the ground, even with 1 inch removed from my seat, so it is quite possible that it's just the bike is too big for me.