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Just purchased first bmw 2008 gt. Stock seat has to go. Have reviewed Sargent and Corbin. Looking for recommendations.

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I would check out Mayer and Russell as well.
 

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unfortunately, other riders experiences won't help you all that much. everyone's butt is different. I have tried them all over the years, except for Russell, and even with the same seatmaker there are big variations between bike models. For example, I have a Corbin on my Harley and I love it but when I tried one on my K1200GT it was just too hard for me. Same for Rick Mayer - great on an R1150RT but I didn't like it on an R1200RT. So the best advice is: 1- try other folks bikes if you can; 2 -order from a company that lets you return the seat if you're not happy (like Sargent); or 3 - find a custom seat shop that you can ride to and have one made for you.
All the seatmakers mentioned on this forum are great in person at a custom ride-in appt - but mail order is asking for trouble unless you can return the seat with no questions asked.
 

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I had Rick Mayer make my saddle and I really like it. It's the 3rd one he's made for me.
 

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onedae said:
unfortunately, other riders experiences won't help you all that much. everyone's butt is different. I have tried them all over the years, except for Russell, and even with the same seatmaker there are big variations between bike models. For example, I have a Corbin on my Harley and I love it but when I tried one on my K1200GT it was just too hard for me. Same for Rick Mayer - great on an R1150RT but I didn't like it on an R1200RT. So the best advice is: 1- try other folks bikes if you can; 2 -order from a company that lets you return the seat if you're not happy (like Sargent); or 3 - find a custom seat shop that you can ride to and have one made for you.
All the seatmakers mentioned on this forum are great in person at a custom ride-in appt - but mail order is asking for trouble unless you can return the seat with no questions asked.
I agree. My experience is the same.

As far as Rick Mayer, many folks have good things to say, but my close friend waited all that time and spent all that money on a Rick Mayer for his R1150RT and was disappointed. The seat looked fine and everything, it just didn't improve things enough to justify the time and money.

If you are concerned with comfort more than vanity, then you should not discount the cheapie solutions. My current bike has a very nice Corbin, which I mostly bought for the passenger backrest, but my stocker is actually more comfortable with a combination of beads and a sheepskin cover. The beads came from Wal Mart for $8.88 and the sheepskin was cut out of a retired car seat cover. The sheepskin is zip-tied to the beads.

My strategy for the past several years (bikes) has been to buy seats used, either off eBay or the classified section of forums like these. If I don't like the seat, then I can resell it and get all my cash back, sometimes more. You just have to be patient.
 

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but my stocker is actually more comfortable with a combination of beads and a sheepskin cover. The beads came from Wal Mart for $8.88 and the sheepskin was cut out of a retired car seat cover. The sheepskin is zip-tied to the beads.
hmm....

Out of curiosity, what's the longest ride you've done with the beads and what was the veridict?
 

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hmm....

Out of curiosity, what's the longest ride you've done with the beads and what was the veridict?
I guess the longest single ride was about 1500 miles over 4 days.

The tan colored Wal-Mart beads are fugly. I admit it. With the dark grey sheepskin over the top, the setup looks respectable.

The verdict: I haven't ever owned any aftermarket seat on any bike that was this comfortable. Actually, I wouldn't really describe it as "comfortable", more like the absence of pain and discomfort. Or in other words, my endurance threshold is much higher with the beads. The beads allow airflow under the goods, so you sweat a little less. Over the years, I've tried various models of Corbin, Mustang, Danny Gray, Sargent, etc. The beads are the bomb.
 

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Do a ride-in with Russell. Go with their recommendations for where you ride.

They talked me into a Velour-topped seat with vinyl sides due to heat. I wanted leather. We went round-and-round, but they finally won me over with their stupid idea. They know best, although I fought to disagree due to aesthetics over function. Turns out they weren't so stupid after all and it fit like an old worn recliner.

I could easily do back-to-back 800-1000 mile days on it. LOL was good for about 600 miles on the back. I've been to rallys where I've hauled other's wives around since they hated and bitched about their husband's seating affairs. One just waved to her husband and said "See you in town." :rotf:

I recall restaurant seats hurt worse and I couldn't wait to get back on the Russell. No wonder the Iron Butt crowd loves 'em.


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I have had two Russell saddles on two BMW's, a 1150RT and the '03 K1200GT which I still have. I have rode both over 1000 miles in a day with no butt problems at all. The saddle for the GT didn't really work well until I put on some barbacks. My wife liked both of them, also. She did a 950 mile day; she wasn't too happy about it, but got off in pretty good shape.

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Another answer -

650 miles with beads on a Corbin. No pain, no pressure points. D**m beads are astonishingly effective. :clap: :clap: :clap:
 

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Seats, seats, and more seats.

My 07 K1200S stock seat was good for two tanks of gas then I had to get off.
My first custom seat was Rick Mayers. I think the succes was from taking the bike to his shop and getting measured.
After the basic foam shape is done they send you out on a 15 minute ride. Took 45 min.
Came back with a much better idea of what still needed to be done. The placement front to back and how the seat pushed me forward were the items needing to be corrected.

It was worth spending the morning. I now have an all day seat.

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I did 38 states in 14 days in September last year. I knew I wanted a custom seat for the trip and I had a short deadline before I left. Ron at Kontour promised me that he could have my seat returned in plenty of time. If I recall correctly, from the time I dropped it off at the UPS store until the time I got it back was just over a week.

I averaged 500 miles a day with the longest day at 738. I did notice that about 4 days into the trip, I had to stop more often than once per tank of fuel. I don't believe it was the fault of the seat, just my big (260 lb), tired, sore butt.



The Polar Mesh is fantastic in hot weather. In one day I rode from Jackpot, NV starting out at 36 degrees to Vegas where it was 106.

I had a Corbin on my LT and a Sargent on my GS, but this is by far the most comfortable seat I've owned.

By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Kontour Seat...other than the fact that I own one.
 

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dlbushey said:
I did 38 states in 14 days in September last year. I knew I wanted a custom seat for the trip and I had a short deadline before I left. Ron at Kontour promised me that he could have my seat returned in plenty of time. If I recall correctly, from the time I dropped it off at the UPS store until the time I got it back was just over a week.

I averaged 500 miles a day with the longest day at 738. I did notice that about 4 days into the trip, I had to stop more often than once per tank of fuel. I don't believe it was the fault of the seat, just my big (260 lb), tired, sore butt.



The Polar Mesh is fantastic in hot weather. In one day I rode from Jackpot, NV starting out at 36 degrees to Vegas where it was 106.

I had a Corbin on my LT and a Sargent on my GS, but this is by far the most comfortable seat I've owned.

By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Kontour Seat...other than the fact that I own one.
how is this different from the factory one?
 
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