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    After Market Seat

    The time has come for my wife and I to upgrade our seats. She is acutally making a spread sheet for the task of selecting the new saddle. Looking for your experiences, thoughts and comments on what you like don't like about yours. Was the manufacturer pleasant to work with, value, comfort, quality of work and materiels, etc. Foam, gel, heated, etc. You get the idea. We seem to be looking at the usual suspects out here in the west. Both of the Mayer brothers, Bill and Rick, Sargent, Corbin, Saddlemen and Kahedo from the Motherland. Thanks much and if anyone wants the completed spreadsheet let me know.
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    Picked up a used Sargent seat, and have used it for some long trips. Far more comfortable that the stock seat but still need to use an airhawk for anything beyond a couple hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garthw View Post
    Picked up a used Sargent seat, and have used it for some long trips. Far more comfortable that the stock seat but still need to use an airhawk for anything beyond a couple hours.
    Thanks much. That helps. I was thinking about just going with an Airhawk on the stock seat for a bit myself.
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    A saddle is like shoes. We can tell you about materials, finish, overall quality, etc... but shoes that fit me perfectly may be the most uncomfortable thing ever for you.

    Corbin: my experience is decades old. The material did not hold up to sun exposure very well. My work office moved and the bike went from being parked in a garage to being parked outside. Didn't take long for the material to break down.

    Sargent: A better quality saddle, IMHO, when compared to the Corbin. I ordered mine in what they call CarbonFX. I also ordered it without welts. It held up much better than the corbin saddle and was still in excellent shape when I sold the bike about 3 years after purchasing the saddle.

    Alaska leather sheepskin buttpad: The "deluxe" one piece version has held up exceedingly well. I added one to a stock '05 GS about 70 thousand miles ago. Still using it. The "elastic" strap is stretched out. I found it easy to work around that issue.

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    I have a Rick Mayer seat on my r1150r and It has literally "saved my butt". I recommend Rick" saddles 100%
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    After Market Seat

    I sent you a private message.
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    Had the wife's seat done at Mr Eds Moto in Albany Oregon, S of Portland over 5 years ago. Did great job and reasonable price, heat included
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    BMW Comfort SEAT. The only way to go. Best seat I have ridden on in sixty years of riding.

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    Rich's custom seat experience

    Very recent experience with Rich's installation of custom seat for g650gs - drive in. Very happy with the overall experience and final result. Rich's shop is very busy so process can take a good part of the day and Kingston is a bit awkward to get to but they do a great job of getting the exact fit. We stayed overnight in a local B&B, but Rich has upstairs accommodation in his shop and having seen it now, we would stay there. It's nicely finished and inexpensive.

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    Like Marchyman said....I like the Sargent two-piece on my Roadster, [much better than stock] and if it is going to be a 'long'! day? I add an Alaska butt pad, about half way through the planned distance. Not saying there isn't / can't be better....just saying this works for me. I'm 6'1" 280 32" inseam & age 63

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    I have a Rick Meyer seat and it works for me. J.

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    After Market Seat

    My Corbin has served me well. 800 mile days, no problem. I am 6'6" 260. The key for me seems to be width and firmness of the foam. The Corbin is both.
    I agree with the earlier post, I like to be able to move around. The slick texture and somewhat flat design of the seat allows me the ability to move around in riding pants easily. I prefer that over the bucket feel. To each his own.
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    After Market Seat

    Quote Originally Posted by jaherbst View Post
    BMW Comfort SEAT. The only way to go. Best seat I have ridden on in sixty years of riding.

    Jack
    Really? I believe you, but I have never had an OEM seat I could stand more than 50 miles. Sounds like the comfort seat is pretty good to you. Typically, they are Just too soft and narrow for this large frame.
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    I bought my 2004 R1150RT used and it came with a Sergeant seat that was nice, but it was the low version and way too short for me (I'm 6'3").

    I swapped that for a BMW Comfort seat, which was anything BUT comfortable - I started squirming within and hour and couldn't really go much more than 4hrs before I was in pain.

    I found a used Meyer (not sure which brother), but it wasn't shaped the same way I am, so the pressure points got to me.

    Finally I found a Corbin in leather. I really dislike the seat pan, and I'm not really impressed with the overall workmanship, but most importantly, it seems to fit me perfectly. I can put up with all the other issues for the ability to ride 600-700 miles in a day and have absolutely no discomfort at the end of a day!

    All that said, I can't say that the Corbin would work for any other particular person. Unfortunately, it seems that seats are very much "try it and see if it works". As soon as I upgrade to a newer model motorcycle, I'm assuming I'll have to start the search all over again, though I will probably start with a Corbin!
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