John H | TexanRT | Lafayette | IBA
BMW R1200RT '09 | Honda Goldwing '12
The Russell Day Long is also an awesome seat. My ass is just sayin'...
Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!
Great comments from everyone. Thank you all. If anyone has any further comments they certainly would be welcome.
It seems like there is more controversy with Rick than Bill, but that may be a result of not having enough people commenting to form a statistically significant sample to draw an "accurate" conclusion.
I will look at both providers. I lean toward leather and less stitching so I will check both of them out with regards to that criteria, in addition to, turn around time and long term service being other factors, aside from the obvious - I want a comfortable seat.
Thanks again everyone.
Buy a Russell Day Long and you will receive a very high quality, comfortable seat with no problems or drama. I've heard (first hand) of the problems that others have had that would cause me NOT to buy from either of the Mayer brothers. Conversely, I have owned over a half dozen Russell seats and have never had one problem with the seats or the financial dealings.
Thanks for your comment on the Russel. My issue is that I have the full size 08 R1200RT with a lower seat to accommodate my 28" inseam. When I called Russel they told me that there seat would put me up at least 1" after the break-in period. This, unfortunately, is an inch I cannot spare.
Any further advise on this?
Whether you ride a Rocky, a Rick, a Russel, or a Sargent, they're all going to work well. Just ask the folks who have them. But before you go shelling out the big bucks for a more comfortable butt, I would highly recommend spending far less on a set of Bead Rider beads and check out what a huge difference they make.
The beads stay between you and the seat so it makes little difference what the seat has going on. Chances are you'll find a big improvement with long days in the saddle plus you'll save a lot of money. If after spending the $35 on a Bead Rider and you're still not happy, then go to plan B and get a custom saddle. Don't start the other way around.
Unlike other remedies such as shearling pads or some foam device, the beads spread your weight over more area plus they allow air flow under you to keep you dry.
Last edited by RTRandy; 11-16-2009 at 05:31 AM.
www.beadrider.com . I just ordered an Ultimate seat for my bike.
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2002 R1150R yellow
Wow! This site has saved me a huge amount of dollars and headaches. I was seriously thinking of a Mayer seat. Will go with a Sargent now.
Funny how everyone will take something different from what was posted above. I will be likely go with a mayer saddle. I need to talk to both saddle makers to determine which one I will finally go with. I will also do a ride in and get it made the same day. So should be no worries about deposits or return of the same. I will likely try the beads too, before I purchase a new saddle.
I rode 5029 miles in 12 days on my Bill Mayer saddle on a trip from NC to Colorado and back- never once felt any pain and I have had two total hip replacements at age 58! Wonderful saddle that I would not trade for anything!
Saddle was only 2 months old when I went on my Colorado trip. Workmanship is perfect-absolutely beautiful-no "issues" at all!