Short story here.
After experiencing the dismal failure of a popular seat maker for over a six months span, I began the quest for what I hoped would be my seat solution. As I saw it, I had narrowed things down to two candidates: Kontour and Russell-Day Long.
Kontour has alot of appeal and had they been closer to me, I might have pulled the trigger with them I think. There is alot to their approach I like. I think in the long run, with the wide temp swings we have here in the high desert, I wasn't confident of how the foam would react.
Russell day-long have been nothing short of couteous and professioal accross the board.
From my first phone call, untill I paid my bill, I was treated like royalty and respect.
They have been making saddles for years and years and have a proven track record.
Figuring about a 1500 mi. ride in 3 days, I gave the nod to Russell for a "ride in".
I left So. Idaho on Tues. afternoon about 3:00 PM, and rode thru lots of mountain ranges like this,
The stock seat hurt so bad by the second day, my backside was screaming for relief. I drove into Russell @ my 9:00 AM appointment time, and the crew was waiting for me to get started. One thing I appreciated was the "collection" of other seat makers saddles that were shown to me, as Mike was answering my questions and calming my fears from getting burned. They then demonstrated why their saddles are superior in construction, comfort, and benefit. They gave me one of those competitors seats to ride around on while they worked their magic. I then drove the 9 mi. to Shasta dam, and found they gave tours, with one starting 10 min. after I arrived, and guess what ? I was the only visitor, and got a one on one tour inside and out. What a treat, thanks again Mino, for the awsome tour. Here are some pics of the area:
And one of "wolfie" with the loaner saddle... ouch, it was baaaad!
Several hours later my saddles were ready for a "test" fit, prior to final assy. these guys really know what they are doing!
About four hours later the saddles were done and I was excited to get some butt time in.
Shown here is my "wingman" JJ, who built my saddles, JJ you are a true craftsman! what a great job you did.
I left my new friends @ Russell-day long and started the way back, but had to go thru the CA. Cascades to Reno, and my, oh, my, now I know what a great seat feels like. I was really able to take wolfie in the mountain twisties with confidence that grew mile after mile.
I arrived @ Sierra BMW Fri morning for my appointment to get a new set of "Avon Storms" mounted. They also found three recalls on my bike that they took care of; the tank cap, wiring harness, and center stand. New tires and new seats, I was good to go. And go I did, all the way from Reno to So. Idaho in 8.5 hrs. just stopping for fuel and wiz breaks. Here are some pics of the Avons. These are smoking hot tires so far, I really am impressed and pleased with them, up to 122 mph once and stable mable.
Many thanks to the crew @ Russell day-long, Terry,Katey,Mike, and of course Jay.
You've earned my business:
Arrived home all safe and sound. Here are some pics of the "wingmans special" which is allright by me, I can ride for hours on end, take the twisties with all the aggression I want, and enjoy my
bike the way I want. A happy man I am.
My little Jack "Russell" pup ... "Bella" --- How apropos !!!