Ah yes, the recurring seat thread . . .
First, you have to decide whether you want a one-size-fits-all replacement seat (made on its own seat pan), or if you want a true custom seat (made on your existing seat pan to your measurements). The advantage of a replacement seat is that you can keep (or sell) your old seat, but if the new seat doesn't work for you then you're stuck with it. The disadvantage of a custom seat is that you lose your old seat (and lose riding time while it's being made), but it's made to fit you specifically, and if it doesn't work for you then you can send it back for a rework.
For replacement seats, you basically have three options:
(Jacksonville, FL) seats work fine for some folks, and not for others, as you found out. I've never used one myself.
(Hollister, CA) seats are rock-hard and take a long time to break in. Some folks do like them, but way too many folks complain about the comfort, the quality, and the customer support for me to ever give them any of my money.
(France) is based in Europe, although they do have a US distributor. I hear good things about them from European riders, but haven't tried them myself.
Then you have the custom seat manufacturers:
(Shasta Lake, CA) consistently gets great reviews for comfort, quality and customer service. Besides adding a bit of height (as expected with any custom seat designed more for comfort than looks), I don't think I've ever heard a single serious complaint about them. They also use an internal leaf-spring system (developed by the senior Mayer father) that works very well, especially for larger/heavier riders. And they have a removable backrest option that no one else offers. I have 34K on my current Russell.
Bill (Rocky) Mayer
(Ojai, CA) makes a quality seat and generally folks are very happy with his work. He uses a pre-formed foam base, made in different densities to suit a rider's weight and riding style, and molds that to your measurements. I have ~175K miles on his seats across three Beemers.
(Anderson, CA) also makes a great seat and his customers remain very loyal. He's a Registered Nurse, and his method uses different density foams in different areas of the seat to spread out the rider's weight. He does occasionally get some complaints about customer service (mostly a lack of communication), but he's basically a one-man shop. But everyone who gets one of his seats raves about it.
(Montebello, CA) (yes, the windshield folks) is also doing custom seats. I don't know anyone who's used them though.
(Tucson, AZ) uses many foam layers of varying density and a unique "airflow" mesh top covering. I've heard good things about his seat, but haven't tried one myself.
Mr Ed's Moto
(Albany, OR) is a small provider with a good following.
(Kingston, WA) is another small provider. The few folks I know that have them do like them.
Any of these options should run around $500-$600, although custom fabrics/leathers and other options can obviously add to that cost.
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