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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2012, 7:02 pm Thread Starter
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So I'm ready to concede, not ready to give up the bike but my ol butt needs more assistance than the stock '10 seat is capably of giving. A recent post included the Rick Mayer seat...anyone got any input? What I like about it is that it looks alot like the stock seat, not an arm chair. Good...bad..neutral?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 2012, 12:03 am
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Folks I know that have Rick Mayer seats do like them.

I've heard a few complaints about poor communications with Rick, but he is a one man show, and he's much better at sculpting seats than he is at email/phones.

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Here's a long ramble on Rick Mayer seats:

Executive Summary: Rick Mayer seats are good, buy one.

Long Boring Version:

I've had a lot of Rick Mayer built seats on BMW's over the years. They work. He dishes out the seat so you sit IN the seat, not on it, but not so much as the "radical" tractor seat like Russell Day Long, which I also had and hated on this bike, but many love them. He also widens the seating area with small wings to add more surface area for your ass. This works well and does not interfere with your legs when stopped like the Russell does (for me anyway).

The seat is almost stock in appearance, unless you want to tart it up with custom finishes,etc. The vinyl covers look as good as leather, and I recommend that over the leather for durability and easy care. The foam layering is very supportive, and after break in mine have always been more comfortable than any stock seats I have had. They hold up well over the years and I always sell them on and recover my investment to buy a new one for a new bike

I rarely experienced any issues with Rick during our transactions. Some have. He gets busy and seems to forget customer service. He did not lower my seat height as requested on my last order (2009 R1200GSA), and it took 4 months to get it, but it was half price. He runs sales during the "off season" so you can save some $$$ if needed.

I would recommend a seat from Rick with only the reservations noted and may get one for my GT which came with a Sargent which looks sexy but is mediocre in comfort in my humble opinion.

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There are several similarly priced alternatives to Rick Mayer, and you should take the time to investigate them considering how much money a custom seat costs.

Russell "Day Long"
Bill "Rocky" Mayer
Rick Mayer

The three above all "descend" from Bill Mayer Sr. Rocky and Rick are brothers. Russell bought the internal spring patent from Bill Mayer Sr.

Other choices include:
Corbin
Sergeant
Kontour
Rich's
(There are surely some others I have forgotten - hopefully other members will chime in.)

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You can find fans (and detractors) for each. A few are known for slow turnarounds, poor customer service, or poor communications, especially after-sales communications.

Probably the most consistent results among my friends who ride very long distances is the Russell Day Long, which has the internal spring to support the extended flaps for wider support. Some riders do not like the way the more rigid flaps interfere with extending your legs for balance at stops.

I have a Bill "Rocky" Mayer seat, and am very pleased with it.

Most custom seats increase seat height, even if they say they can lower it. If you are already on tippie-toes to keep your bike steady at stops, a custom seat may worsen the issue.
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I've got one of Rick's seats. Quite happy with it. Did a ride in several years back. Seems like an OK guy if not always punctual. But as Ken said. He's pretty much a solo show and his product is good. Much better than stock.

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The previous owner of mine had put a Cee Bailey's on the bike (yes the windscreen company). It seems it bridges the gap between distance comfort and the ability to quickly slide from side to side in the twisties.
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So I'm ready to concede, not ready to give up the bike but my ol butt needs more assistance than the stock '10 seat is capably of giving. A recent post included the Rick Mayer seat...anyone got any input? What I like about it is that it looks alot like the stock seat, not an arm chair. Good...bad..neutral?
Asking about aftermarket saddles is almost like starting another oil thread. There are many riders that have preferences and dislikes based on very valid reasons. You may want to seek out some riders that have them and have a seat.

I purchased my 91 R100RT with a Corbin "Dual Tour" a king and queen type touring seat that, while comfortable, was not the look I desired. When the vinyl side area started to split I contacted Corbin about repair prices and did not receive a response. I really wanted a more sporting seat so I ordered a Corbin Canyon Dual Sport in leather with piping to match my bike. Great seat that takes some breaking in which is why I suspect may regard the Corbin seats as hard. I've got about 20K on it with no complaints and was able to sell the old seat to another Airhead rider.

My K75S was purchased with a Sargent seat in vinyl which I like as well. I don't have a stock setup to compare it to but it was comfortable enough for a recent 1400 mile weekend and I'm not looking for a replacement.

As with most things personal preference will depend on many factors. Good luck.

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I bought my 2007 GT in Oct. 2009 from a really nice gentleman in SC. It had a Rick Mayer on it. I sent it in to Rick to have it redone to fit me - I am taller and heavier than the previous owner. First owner put 40k miles on the bike and seat. I have put 33k on it. I am very satisfied with it. Rick has lowered his prices and I feel that you get a good seat at a very good value compared to others prices.

Good luck. Seats are kind of like who makes the best oil or tires. I have had Corbin seats and Bill Mayer seats on other BMWs I have owned. The Rick Mayer wins the prize so far.

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Asking about aftermarket saddles is almost like starting another oil thread. There are many riders that have preferences and dislikes based on very valid reasons. You may want to seek out some riders that have them and have a seat....
didn't think I asked about saddles n general, just Rick Mayer. thanks to everyone who responded.
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didn't think I asked about saddles n general, just Rick Mayer. thanks to everyone who responded.
I've got a Rick Mayer on my 1300GT. Some times I love it, some times I hate it. Depends on the mileage. I've been good on it up to about 500 miles, after that, not so good.
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