Originally Posted by Agaragefull
I have not tried the heater yet, hope it works!
I ask because mine takes a bit longer to feel the heat. I believe they bury the little gray pad with the heating wires under their pink-colored foam which means it takes longer to feel, if not sense a little less heat. It used to get really hot! Full heat now feels more like the Low setting. Maybe with a longer run it will feel hotter.
After the covering, I noticed it seemed to take maybe 20 minutes before I got the sense the heater was on (Full heat). If the little BMW heating pad was under the leather it may show through so maybe that's why it is under their thin covering layer of foam?
I do feel the leather is cooler than the vinyl, although it shows more characteristics of wrinkling, skin creases, etc. as in leather seats in general. I still think the velour seat covering is the best for comfort from the heat and sweaty butt syndrom. His brother Rick (?) Mayer in Anderson, CA does the velour top as does Russell (my old RT seat) located a few miles north in Lake Shasta, CA.
I wish I had set the seat on the lowest position before they began since their foam seat builds up the height maybe 1/2-1 inch. Leaving it on the highest setting causes them to shave more foam off their molded foam core. It might also have provided some extra push-back from the tank should I wish to raise it up to the next level. Overall, I don't tend to scoot to the tank now so I guess they nailed it.
I did take my time and rode it before they covered it with leather and I was pretty picky this time. Last time I wasn't so picky and I paid for it in the end (so to speak!) and I had the seat on the highest setting (again!) when Russell did it. I could bearley touch the gorund on the Russell on the high setting. I never can remember to lower it before a re-work.
I thought Mayer's "Keep your hands on the bars, close your eys, remove your hands and drop them to the sides, and see if you feel the tendency to lean forward or back" was pretty interesting as they searched for a neutral position (neither falling forward or back). Seems my bar's grips are a bit too far forward too (Heli-Bars maybe?).
I did see why the BMW seat was so uncomfortable. The way the pan is made, the foam is thin at the outer edges and most all of the remaining foam is moved to the center portion of the seat. It gives that "sitting on a basketball" sensation which gets a bit annoying after a while by pressing everywhere it shouldn't.
For anyone comtemplating a custom saddle, it behoves you to do the ride-in fitment if at all possible.