The seat was narrowed on the 2011 XR because the standard seat would not allow the soft bags to open completely. The soft bags open the opposite direction as the hard bags; with the soft bags the lid opens towards the seat.
The touring seat is the same design as the OEM wide rear seat. The diffenece is that it's about 1" thicker. Thicker / softer is always better; some people prefer a hard seat (corbin) because they sink into soft seats. When you sink into a seat you decrease blood flow to your bum and thighs. This causes the hot spots and pain that many people talk about. You may want to consider using the OEM seat with an Airhawk or Alaska Leather seat pad. Both these pads allow airflow under your bum which makes long rides much more tolerable.
Once you get enough miles on and toughen up the bum caluses you can scrap (sell) the pad to another leery rider.
Let's hope the thicker/softer comment doesn't get too many comments...
Retired USAF, IYAAYAS!
2008 V-Star 1100 Custom Bobber project
2011 Crimson XR with Forged Highway Bars / Hard Bags / Passenger Backrest, Ness parts including Smooth Layback Plate Frame/Mount / Rad 3 Mirror / deep cut grips / drivers floorboards /shifter peg / brake peg / passenger pegs. Witchdoctor black rack, Lloydz filter / timing wheel / VFC III, 7Jurock windshield, Drag Specialties seat.