Beware: Rick Mayer Cycle (www.DontBuyRickMayerCycle.com)

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by fish, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    This isn't the first time I've heard of problems with Rick Mayer. One of the major complaints about him is his habit of reusing old tired foam.

    On the other hand I've had his brother Bill re do 3 saddles for me. Two were great right off, the other needed help. I hadn't ridden the bike enough so it was at least a year before I got back to him. No problem, send it in, sorry we missed is what I was told. It came back perfect. JT
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  2. jdiaz

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    Wasn't Bill the dad? We got one of his seats just before he died......

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  3. rabvette

    rabvette Ride Hard!

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    I will put another vote in for Bill Mayer. I have had numerous bikes and saddles and the new 1200GT is one of my bikes. The stock seat sucked big time. I was leaving on a trip shortly after I purchased the bike. I e-mailed Bill (Rocky) Mayer and told him about the trip etc. He e-mailed back the next day (very impressive). I overnighted the seat to him and had it back in about 4 days, Iowa to California and back. I should mention this was also in June, which I am sure is his busy season. The seat was 1000 times better than stock, took the trip, butt was much happier. I was still sliding forward on the seat, so I called them after my riding season was over. They had me send the seat back and they re-built it for free, they did not even charge me shipping on the way back. Since it is Feb. in Iowa I have not tried the seat yet but I can tell by the way it looks and sitting on it , I feel my problems are over.
    Thanks Bill and keep up the excellent work! :clap
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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Bill Mayer Sr. saddle is what you have on your bike. Bill Sr. sold the business and the seat design to Russell. Bill Jr. (aka Rocky) has his own saddle business.
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  5. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus

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    Funny thing - When I got into serious LD riding I saw Peter Hoogeveen's Honda Blackbird IBR bike and I saw the Mayer saddle on it. I went to the wrong Mayer and got one of Rick's saddles made. It was OK at first but they were really disorganized - I was still gettting production dates for my seat after it was back on my bike. The seat did not hold up and he was impossible to get ahold of - the seat took far longer to build as I recall than he stated and the raincover was a piece of crap it looked like a shower cap at best and fit about as well as one.

    My wife bought a new bike and needed a saddle so we rode down to Rich's in Seattle. I was so impressed with what he did that he rebuilt my Rick Meyer saddle the same day. I was shurprised to see the quality fo the material he used in my seat it was just crap comapred to what Rich was doing on my wife's bike.

    Since then I have had 4 saddles built by Rich and Susan has had 2 done. We get a new bike and immediately make an appointment for a ride in seat fitting.

    Funny Story my first Rich's seat off my 1150 GS I sent to a friend when I bought an Adventure with the comment "ride on it for a week then send me a cheque for $300.00 if you like it, otherwise I will pay to have it shipped back".

    2 days later I get the message "You are an A**h*le the check is in the mail, that seat now has over 100K miles on it and still looks new :rofl

    I have 50K miles on my latest Rich's seat and it has been a source of bottom joy since day one. Rich has tweaked a few seats for us as they settled down over time or our riding position changed (all at no charge). During the IBR a lot of us had Rich's seats and no one I know had any issues. Rich builts about 2500 seats a year out of his shop. I highly recommend him to all ADV Riders
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  6. evilmedic13

    evilmedic13 Sarcastic & Fantastic

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    Thanks for the tips. Looks like I'll be getting one of Rich's seats next year. Saving all my pennies now, seems that not only do they look great and feel even better, I get an excuse to ride to the west coast. I'm gonna be divorced before our 5th anniversary if I keep this up:eek1 .
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  7. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Rich's in Seattle is the man. A buddy of mine has one of his seats. It just works great!
    Ciao, Steve
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  8. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I have seeing many Rick Mayer seats over the years (for Work, on my clients bikes) and even if I'm a good friend with Rocky:feelgood
    I need to say Rick's seats are also very well crafter and his attencion to costumer needs and proper ergonomics is close to impecable.

    years ahead from Corbin that is for sure.

    Also the other Rick is seattle produces some Incredible work that i enjoy very much.
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  9. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    I have not heard previous complaints about either of the Mayers except there was almost a blood feud between the two. I had an original Mayer and also a BMS and found them comfortable. Getting a seat just right by mail order must be a challenge...the real problem here seems to be poor communication between Rick Mayer and his customers...a lesson many others should know about.

    Rich's seats look interesting,,,,quite a bit of scoop in them though,,,,has anyone tried on a V Strom?
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  10. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    another option for excellent seat work is Don Weber of Mr. Ed's Moto in Albany, Oregon. He's been in the business for 40 years and really knows his stuff. My wife and I spent a day with him as he redid our OS seats, they are now fabulous.
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  11. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    I thought Mr. Ed was a horse,,who has had experience with his seats?
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  12. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer

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    Don Weber is a stand up guy. His seats are the best and HE WILL take care of you.:clap
    Chip
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  13. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    As the owner of a Rich's seat I will add my 2¢ worth. He makes the seat to fit you, on your bike, for your riding style. A deep seat has a larger contact area and so has lower contact pressure and thus greater comfort. But if stylin is more what you want then he can accomodate you as well. He has done seats for every kind, type, brand and make of M/C. Highly recommended.

    JJ

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  14. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    John,

    The only problem with Rich's seats is he is VERY reluctant to cut your seat without you being present.

    That said, MuleWife and I took our seats to him while visiting friends in Seattle and he did an outstanding job. My son's Mule (was mine) still has it on, and looks great.

    You just have to have a lot of patience with him as he's an artiste. :wink:
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  15. Corky1

    Corky1 Been here awhile

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    Solve all your after market seat concerns.:wink:

    Renazco Racing!! :clap :clap

    Corky :lol3 :lol3
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  16. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    Very true. Mostly because he places you in 3d space relative to the bike to maximize control, comfort, and long term use.

    JJ


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  17. patobravo

    patobravo Adventurer

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    Buy you lunch too!
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  18. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    It just says there are several good seatmakers out there...Rick Mayer has been in business a long time and I am sure has many fans too.....the bad communication thing will hurt him though....Mr. Ed seems to have that part under control. Doing seats by mail has to be a tough job as people are so many different shapes and have various riding styles.
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  19. Harrington

    Harrington Been here awhile

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    I wanted a custom seat on my 12RT. I emailed Rick Mayer about a ride in date. I didn't get a reply. I emailed Russell and heard back in 2 days. I rode up there December 12th. They did a great job and did it on time....in fact it was finished a few hours early. I gladly gave them my money and will do it again for my next custom saddle.

    The saddle is perfect and hasn't required any adjustments. I believe the ride in fitting is the way to go.
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  20. Schnabeltier

    Schnabeltier CEO, the Brute Squad

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    Don recrafted my stock 1150 GS seat from a few photos. It arrived on time, at the specified price, and has kept my cheeks happy for the last three years. A trustworthy guy, based on my experience.
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