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    2016 GTL Exclusive OE Extra Tall Seat vs. Aftermarket Seat

    I just picked up a new-to-me 2016 K1600GTL Exclusive with the OE Standard height seat. At 6' 3" and a 34+" inseam I feel like I'm sitting in a hole. The dealer tells me the OE Extra Tall replacement seat would be perfect. But, before I drop $1,000 on a factory seat, are there any better aftermarket options?
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    Also 6'3" and 34".
    I went with the Sargent option.
    Fits me fine but I also lowered the pegs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanee53 View Post
    I just picked up a new-to-me 2016 K1600GTL Exclusive with the OE Standard height seat. At 6' 3" and a 34+" inseam I feel like I'm sitting in a hole. The dealer tells me the OE Extra Tall replacement seat would be perfect. But, before I drop $1,000 on a factory seat, are there any better aftermarket options?
    Any of the quality seat builders can add height to a stock seat during a rebuild. Going shorter is the hard part. And virtually all of them can do it for less $$$ than the BMW tall seat.
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    Well, since I'm keen on keeping things as close to OE as possible (in this case, matching seat material with back and arm rest material), I went with the BMW OE Extra Tall seat, finding it for almost $400 off the $1,035 BMW List price my dealer, Engle Motors, and Bob's BMW both quoted me. Sierra BMW in Reno, NV, sold it to me for $665, delivered. And that's $100 less than Sargent quoted, as well.
    It was a breeze to retrofit, completely opposite the forum threads I found complaining about the difficulty of the electrical connector and needing to take the seat to the dealer for lock tumbler R&R. It took me 5 minutes, total.
    And boy, is the seating position a world of difference. Instead of feeling as though I'm squatting in a hole with my knees above my hips, I'm riding "on" the bike now, not "in" it.
    Steve Swanson
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