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    2011 R1200GS What is the best replacement seat?

    Hi....I am going to ride my 2011 R1200GS around Lake Superior in September.
    I definitely need a better seat for long distance riding and comfort.
    Can I please get some recommendations from others on replacement seats that have proven to be a big upgrade.
    Thanks very much,
    Dave Arundel

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    Nothing you could get by September, but for me I haven't looked past Russell for decades. Every time I buy a motorcycle, Russell sells a seat.

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    Thanks....

    Thanks Lee...wow does that look comfortable.
    The stock seat is like sitting on a brick!
    I will check into Russell.
    Again...thanks.

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    Seat replacement

    My 2012 GS wins the prize for the worst BMW OEM seat, I've owned. All my BMW's seats have been simply awful. I replaced the GS seat with a Sargeant, better but not great. A Russell Daylong on 07 R12R was the best of aftermarket seats I've had, but the process is rather time consuming. I suspect their are owners that just love the stock seat, but they would be in the minority. You'd think BMW would be able accomplish developing a seat that is reasonably comfortable.......

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    Cheap alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by 194789 View Post
    Hi....I am going to ride my 2011 R1200GS around Lake Superior in September.
    I definitely need a better seat for long distance riding and comfort.
    Can I please get some recommendations from others on replacement seats that have proven to be a big upgrade.
    Thanks very much,
    Dave Arundel
    I have use the AirHawk R for the last 6 years, can ride for 14 h with no sore a....
    Very cheap compared to a complete seat replacement, can be switched from bike to bike.
    I use one for the pilion too, she loves it!
    Did the Lake Superior trip, I enjoyed the north side and Duluth most, I think you will too. Have a nice one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73516 View Post
    ..You'd think BMW would be able accomplish developing a seat that is reasonably comfortable.......
    They used to crack me up by putting an uncomfortable seat on an expensive motorcycle, and then offering the option of an extra cost "Comfort Seat". Then it turns out the the "Comfort Seat" is also uncomfortable.

    I think they were the original Eisenhintern.
    Lee A. Dickinson - Danielsville, GA USA
    MOA 80364 | RA 29650 | ABC 3480 | IBA 8914
    1992 R100RS - 1993 K1100RS - 2013 R1200GS

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    I bought an airhawk

    Thanks for all the advice.
    I bought an Airhawk and will test it out this weekend!
    Again...thanks,
    Dave A

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    I'm another huge fan of RDL. They are expensive. I have never rode with a more comfortable seat though, I could barely stand the stock GS seat after 100 miles, and with this seat it is truly all day comfort. I do wish you didn't have to give up your stock seat pans. But in the end it was the answer I was looking for.


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    The best aftermarket seat is the one that fits your butt and riding style. As others have mentioned, the Russell is a very comfy seat for most...on the road. If you do any offroad exploring, those huge wings can be a hindrance when trying to shift your weight back for steep downhill sections (unless you are seriously bowlegged). With that one exception, the Russell won in the cross-country paved roads category.

    After trying several (Sargent, Corbin, Russell) I ended up with a Bill Mayer on my GSA sidecar rig, and a Kahedo by Touratech on the GSA used for exploring back roads. But all of them were better than stock.

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    Seat concepts. I've had mine for over a year now. And never had a sore ass since. They are a lot cheaper in price Then the big name seat makers. You can send your seat to them or order your kit and do it your self. Great service and great people too.............JD
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    Quote Originally Posted by jddiesel View Post
    Seat concepts. I've had mine for over a year now. And never had a sore ass since. They are a lot cheaper in price Then the big name seat makers. You can send your seat to them or order your kit and do it your self. Great service and great people too.............JD
    Link?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Link?
    https://seat-concepts.myshopify.com

    The BMW specific https://seat-concepts.myshopify.com/collections/bmw
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    I'm on my 2nd Sargent seat for an Adventure - simple, clean, and a fair price. You don't have to sacrifice your seat to get one made, and I find them very comfortable for the long haul.

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    I've been pretty happy with Sargents.
    Have a low on my 2010 GS and it's decent.
    Same goes for other BMWs that I've owned.

    Gotta say, aesthetically, I never have been able to warm up in the least to those type customs that are pictured here in this thread.
    To my mind's eye, they look terrible. Sorry fellas, no offense... and pretty is as pretty does. I get that.

    And, they almost always look to be super stuffed. Much higher than even a normal height BMW seat.. I'm usually looking for a lower seat for better footing, but that's my own unfortunate genetic reality.

    I'd like to ride one for a long day and see just what the rave reviews are all about.

    For me, the added height alone, not to mention the appearance, disqualifies them.

    shortstuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmilan View Post
    Gotta say, aesthetically, I never have been able to warm up in the least to those type customs that are pictured here in this thread.
    To my mind's eye, they look terrible. Sorry fellas, no offense... and pretty is as pretty does. I get that.

    I'd like to ride one for a long day and see just what the rave reviews are all about.
    I'm not going to disagree with you.

    There was a time I thought GS's were ugly. They grew on me. I bought one, then another when I upgraded to the wethead. I thought the RDL's were kind of ugly. They grew on me. And then I bought one. When I first installed it I thought to myself "what did I do"... And then I put some miles on it.

    I'm still smiling. So's my butt. After a long day on the saddle I now look at the bike and seat and see nothing but pure beauty.

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