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    RTW Seating Options?

    I have been logging some mileage on my '15 RTW over the past few days, and thoughts are beginning to form on retiring the current vinyl-covered brick which BMW calls the standard seat. I am considering the Sargent replacement, but I am open to suggestions from the board. As long as the seat is comfortable, durable, and inexpensive, I am fairly easy to please...

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    Your doing good tell you mentioned inexpensive!!
    Custom seat will cost $600 plus US
    A company in Alaska makes seat covers, lots of riders swear by them
    I've had two Bill Meyers saddles on previous bikes, my RT is going in soon for a new seat, not inexpensive but 110% more comfortable than the Bmw's wooden bench

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    I am happy with https://day-long.com/gallery/bmw/



    I am also looking at a http://kontourseat.com/. Interesting option for hot-weather riding.

    I use https://alaskaleather.com/ for sheepskin buttpads on all of my BMW R60/2s and my BMW R67/3. They work great on their Denfeld and Pagusa solo saddles.

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    Custom Seating

    I put a Seth Lamm seat on my '15 RTW not long after purchasing. He uses the existing seat pan and builds it to your specs. He is in Redding, CA and can do drive ins as well as mail. I only paid @ $325.

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    Had a Sargent seat for the last few months and am very happy with it. Haven't ridden longer than 2 hours straight on it but I'm positive I could go for several long days without issue. Solid product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbnesbitt View Post
    I have been logging some mileage on my '15 RTW over the past few days, and thoughts are beginning to form on retiring the current vinyl-covered brick which BMW calls the standard seat. I am considering the Sargent replacement, but I am open to suggestions from the board. As long as the seat is comfortable, durable, and inexpensive, I am fairly easy to please...
    I have been using a Sargent seat on my 14RT for 63,000 miles ( 20,000 miles on the stock seat ) and it performs like it did when it was new. The good thing about a Sargent seat is you can test it for 30 days and if it doesn't suite you return it for a full refund. I also have some miles on a Russell Day Long which is also an excellent seat I just don't like the price and having to send them your stock seat , to time consuming in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbnesbitt View Post
    ... comfortable, durable, and inexpensive, ...
    As the old say goes, You can have any two of the three.
    Comfortable and durable will be expensive.


    Quote Originally Posted by kbnesbitt View Post
    ... open to suggestions from the board...
    The only problem with this is that it is not a style issue, but a fit issue.

    Other's opinion and advice on the style of a shoe is fine, but how can anyone tell you how that shoe will fit your specific foot without knowing not just the size and dimensions but also the shape.

    Everyone's behind is slightly different and what each of us is looking for can be different as well. Some want a significantly harder seat (Corbin) others want slightly harder seat while others want a softer seat.

    Just like shoes, the best results will come from you actually trying the seat out. Often not easy or impossible, with the exception of Sargent and possible others.

    Everyone has thir preferences, however, if they've not ridden the competitors' seats than they can't say theirs is actually better for them, only that they like/love it. I have two bikes with Corbins and two with Sargent seats (and two with stock). If I had to take just one it would be the Sargent, but I know folks who the Sargent is comfortable for them and they went to the RDL, and some who went from a RDL to a Sargent.

    Get the picture? Everyone is different, and, it will be trial and error. Good luck.
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    I've had Corbin, Sargent and Russell Day-Long's on Honda ST's and BMW RT's over the last 20 years. If most of my riding were less than 200 mile days and/or riding where stops are common the Sargent would be my choice. It's comfortable and easy to get my feet on the ground at stops.. Doesn't need a rain cover and requires no maintenance. If I'm going to do long day/long trips the Russell is the way to go. It's a bit more uncomfortable in stop and go traffic, requiring me to "roll" off the seat and driving my pants legs up. Day long rides and day after day rides are no problem, my contact with the seat is way down on the list of aches and pains at the end of a spirited day of riding.

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    Had an RDL, Got a Laam built as an alternate... haven't put the RDL back on since.
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    What happens when you sit on the 'brick' for 60 minutes? 90 minutes? I almost always make it a point to get off the bike at least every 90 minutes just to stretch a little, move a little, get the blood moving, get fuel, food, etc. I've gone thru a few full tanks w/o dismounting, and I could feel it then. Sitting in one position more than this is never good for your circulation let alone your attention span no matter what the seat, including a Lazy Boy recliner! I guess I could understand it for IB riding.

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    I just bought a KonTour ventilated seat for the driver's seat on my '17 RTW -- http://kontourseat.com/

    Supposed to be better in hot weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    I just bought a KonTour ventilated seat for the driver's seat on my '17 RTW -- http://kontourseat.com/

    Supposed to be better in hot weather.

    Makes me wonder after reading the lengthy fine print, conditions and qualifications if these seats might be made by lawyers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgoodpasture View Post
    I put a Seth Lamm seat on my '15 RTW not long after purchasing. He uses the existing seat pan and builds it to your specs. He is in Redding, CA and can do drive ins as well as mail. I only paid @ $325.
    +1 on Seth Laam seat. Did 2,000 mi on my '16 RT stock seat before a ride-in to Laam's shop. Since then, 12,000 happy miles. Seth guarantees his work. He learned his craft with Mayer and went on his own. I'll add that I got my first Mayer Day-Long in 1978, another in 1983, and another 1993. All Beemers. This as good as any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncpbmw1953 View Post
    What happens when you sit on the 'brick' for 60 minutes? 90 minutes? I almost always make it a point to get off the bike at least every 90 minutes just to stretch a little, move a little, get the blood moving, get fuel, food, etc. I've gone thru a few full tanks w/o dismounting, and I could feel it then. Sitting in one position more than this is never good for your circulation let alone your attention span no matter what the seat, including a Lazy Boy recliner! I guess I could understand it for IB riding.
    I have the stock seat. On long trips, I only stop for gas, which for me is every 200 km. I don't like to get near the bottom of the tank. That means I am stopping about every 2 hours. I am good for about 800 km a day in this mode. After that I get tired of sitting but the seat doesn't seem to be a problem. I know this is counter to other's experience. I am not sure what the difference is. But as someone said already, everybody is different.
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