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Aftermarket Seat
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:12:57 AM »
I've always been a big fan of Corbin, but I see a lot of people having problems with them these days. I've been lucky and I've had decent service, but I've never had to send a seat back. After doing some research I am looking at two seats from Sargent.

http://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/BMW-F650-800GS-No-Heat/Black-WS-592-19.html

http://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/BMW-F650GS-F800GS-No-Heat/Black-WS-602-19.html

I just cannot decide which one I want... there are pros and cons to each.
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 07:17:39 AM »
Love my Sargent. On top of the contour and texture, the shape relieves any hip pain. 
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 07:19:55 AM »
I had a sergent on my F8ST and absolutely loved it. Held good form but not to hard for longer trips
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 07:20:57 AM »
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 07:31:30 AM »
I've had Sargents on all my bikes.  They are much better than stock.  The foam on the C14 seat seams to be getting a little compressed at 50,000 miles but it's still comfortable for 4-500 mile days.

Of the two you posted the top one seems to be more dirt oriented.  The bottom one looks better if most of your time will be spend on roads.  I include dirt roads when I say roads.  I'd go for the bottom one myself since you won't be tossing a bike that size around on tight singletrack.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 07:37:52 AM »
I borrowed my buddy's FJR a couple years ago for a trip down to Barber, 2-up with Liz. The Sargent seat was very nice; first time I'd spent that much time on one and it was a very worthy upgrade. Being a former FJR owner, I was very familiar with how awful the stock seats could be after several long days in a row.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 07:45:20 AM »
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 07:49:42 AM »
One other option.  Send your seat off to Seth Laam and get a custom saddle for the price of a stock Sargent.

http://laamseats.com/

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 08:08:33 AM »
If I lived further west I think I would do that, but I'm stuck in the midwest.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 08:16:31 AM »
No post offices there?   :lol:

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 08:31:24 AM »
I've had a Corbin on my SV for the past 10 years and have been happy with it. I decided to go in a different direction for the Sprint. I decided that I wanted to see what all the fuss around the Russell Day Long was about. People who have them seem to think that they're made of pure magic.

A custom Russell with leather inserts is literally $2.00 more than an off-the-shelf Corbin. Less for all vinyl. Of course, you have to deal with the added hassle and cost of shipping your seat to Russell and the 2 to 3 week wait for it to be built. It's January and I have another bike. No big deal. You also lose the ability to go back to stock when it comes time to sell.

My seat is being built now.

I also considered a Lamm seat. They look good and come in around $100 less than the Russell. I went with the Russell just because they have a longer, more consistent track record. I think I remember reading that Seth Lamm worked for Russell or one of the Meyers at some point.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 08:45:40 AM »
Have a Sargent like #2 on my GS. I am very happy with it, thought it was worth the $$$. My plan was that if the Sargent didn't do the trick (which is to say, 750 mile days), I could use it while I sent my originals to Russel. I haven't felt the need for the Russel.

If you decide to go the re-make route, you might find a used and/or ripped one cheaply on ADV or Ebay, and send that to your seat maker of choice.

I found a used mint seat for my FZ6 for $25, so I had stock or Russel.
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 10:05:24 AM »
IMO if you're going to spend money on an aftermarket seat, invest in something other than a mass-produced one like Sargent or Corbin make.  I've had both and while yes - they're better than stock, they're not that much better. 

I've ridden my GS & GSA with both the original stock seat, Sargent seat and now a Russell Day Long.   The RDL is well worth the money.  The Sargent was not all-day comfy and the RDL simply is.  Tammy bought a Sargent soon after acquiring her GSA and on long rides like our recent NV/CA trip it's still very uncomfortable.  She's investing in a Rick Mayer that's on sale this month (just $269 for leather, free shipping - helluva deal!).  I had a Rick Mayer seat on my WeeStrom and again, it was all-day comfortable on our Alaska/Yukon/NWT trip.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2014, 12:07:18 PM »
No post offices there?   :lol:

I really wanted to do the ride-in, so that's why I made that comment.

I just called Seth and I'll be placing my order with him tomorrow.

Good job on the referral... I'm sure he appreciated it and I told him to drop by here.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 12:28:00 PM »
Excellent.  I look forward to seeing pics of the finished product.  Seems like Seth makes customer service a top priority, unlike many of the custom places.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2014, 06:41:25 PM »
:wave: Hi doc.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2014, 07:22:56 PM »
:wave: Hi doc.

Hi cookie! Happy Tuesday! Should know soon whether we will meet up for the sandwich in Sandwich :-D

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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2014, 07:24:49 PM »
Lol..I really just want to find out where I'm going to live for the next four years!
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2014, 09:02:39 AM »
I just ordered the seat from Seth this morning. I hope to get a production date soon because I want to ride AS SOON AS this snow melts.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2014, 02:11:39 PM »
I'm something of a rebel, so I followed the info at DIYmotorcycleseats.com

I took the semi-finished seat (front only) to an auto upholstery place for final cover. I provided the marine grade vinyl and theu did all the stitching and fitting.

Seems perfectly good for a couple fo hours at a time, than I'm ready for a pee break and gas.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2014, 04:30:36 PM »
I just ordered the seat from Seth this morning. I hope to get a production date soon because I want to ride AS SOON AS this snow melts.

Really looking forward to the review.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2014, 01:31:14 PM »
I just ordered the seat from Seth this morning. I hope to get a production date soon because I want to ride AS SOON AS this snow melts.

I've seen a few Laam seats up close, and the workmanship looks great. I think you'll be happy with what you get for the price.
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2014, 01:40:39 PM »
He's done with the seat and I'm just waiting on FedEx to not deliver it to me next week.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2014, 03:55:42 PM »
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2014, 03:56:54 PM »
He accomplished my BIGGEST request and that was to NOT send me back something that looks like a tractor seat. I'll let everyone know how it feels after my trip to Denver next month.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2014, 05:34:30 PM »
Looks very nice.

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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2014, 06:53:44 PM »
Great!  :thumbsup:  looks good.
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2014, 07:15:02 PM »
I like the looks. Looking forward to hearing about the butt test.
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Re: Aftermarket Seat
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2014, 12:51:58 AM »
Looks good  :thumbsup:

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