Seat Suggestions for my 2015 GSW

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by TTucker, Nov 13, 2017 at 9:04 AM.

  1. TTucker

    TTucker Adventurer

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    Hi, Hate the stock seat. Have been looking for a long time but have not decided on a replacement seat. Have looked at a Sergeant and Russell Day Long of course. I was also wondering if any have tried the Wunderlich Ergo seat? I also need a seat for my 04 1150 RT. Both stock seats are terrible as everyone already knows. Thanks, Tom
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  2. ronaldpottol

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    Russell has been the standard for ever, despite its looks. But, no experience.

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  3. ryno23nv

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    Thought I saw an Ergo seat for sale on this forum recently?
    I canned the stock seat immediately. First tried a KonTour without the wings. Still to narrow for me. Sold it.
    Ordered a Sargent and haven't looked back since. I do use a Airhawk pad in the summer on the Sargent. Insulation from the heat from below. Works great.
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  4. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    I have a Wunderlich seat on my '16.

    I'm a big guy in height and weight. I can slide back a little on it but the design limits comfort as I do. While I consider it an improvement over the stock seat by quite a bit, I also consider it a "50 mile seat" in that after 50 miles I really need to get off it for some ass comfort. That said 'control' of the bike on this seat is far better than stock and it is more comfortable in the end.

    I also have a set of Russell's I got used here. They're more comfortable by far, and built to my weight range but also about an inch taller, which in traffic makes them not as comfortable at lights as the Wunderlich seat.
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  5. cug

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    I have a BMS seat right now, fairly happy with it. Also have used a Sargent before and that was about as good. The BMS I have is a little harder than the one I used to have a few years ago, it's also higher, higher than even the GSA seat, but they build to your specs. Expensive for what you get, you basically get heated seats from most other manufacturers for the price of a standard BMS.
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  6. Roadie

    Roadie 2-Wheels Rule

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    I just purchased (and have many hours on it already) a Seat Concepts seat. I couldn't be more pleased! Very comfy, I got one just a bit lower than stock, superior foam.
    Check 'em out...
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  7. sarhog

    sarhog Ride far...

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    It really depends on what you're using the bike for. If it's big miles, the Russell Day Long is the answer.
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  8. Roadie

    Roadie 2-Wheels Rule

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    I think the RDL is a great seat if you want a BIG seat.
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  9. bobbybob

    bobbybob Long timer

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    Never had a bad Sargent, but if you don't like it you can return it, unlike other options.
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  10. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    Russell all the way. I know a guy who has had Russell build 12 seats for him on 12 different bikes. He does big miles on his bikes.
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  11. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    Russell has no equal.

    Go ahead and call them and set up an appointment if you want the best seat.

    There is nothing as good or better.

    I have a new one on my 1200GS. I've had several on past bikes.

    Be sure to order one made for your height and weight. You also must send pics of you on your bike.

    I have known people who bought a used Russell that was not built for a similar body type and you do not have the supreme experience when you do that.

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  12. Ids_OK

    Ids_OK Ego's OK too

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    I had a Sargent on my last bike and a Russell before that, both '08-'09 1200GSs. Both were great for long distance comfort, build quality and overall greatness :-). I recently acquired a '15 GSW already fitted with a KonTour and I have to say I'm impressed.

    All three are "custom built" to the specs of the rider, but the KT seems to be truly custom-tailored. Luckily the guy who owned my bike before me was very close in size and shape (~10lbs diff, same height and inseam). It does an even better job than the saddles of keeping 'sit bones' inner thighs and other pressure points from getting sore and/or numb. It's long-distance comfortable, but you still have side-to-side mobility in the twisties (i.e., not TOO saddle-like). More than anything, it disperses the Monkey-butt heat that plagues us in the South...like A/c or at least a little ventilation for your butt.

    My only question is how's well it will last, as it looks a lot more delicate than leather or vinyl, but we'll see. Just my two cents after about six weeks with the new bike and seat. They're not cheap, but I'd say the KonTour is worth checking out!
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  13. Gadget00

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    Looking for ideas for my 2015 GS. I am currently using a rallly seat with an Airhawk on top . I would like a full leagth seat because of a bad knee but need at wider then the Rally . Just not sure who would make a seat like that. Their was someone who had a rally seat modified but can not fine the post. Thank you fo the help.
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  14. cug

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    elcabong Been here awhile

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    I too, despise the stock seat which is why I ordered the Seat Concept seat kit. I've had one on my F700GS and it was pure bliss compared to the stock seat. Hopefully it will be the same with my new bike when it comes in! Keeping my fingers crossed!
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  16. Flatouinne

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    When i bought my '09, i asked a motorcycle saddler to make a customised seat, and used it for long rides with my '12 too.
    Made the same choice when got my WC '14, but wasn't convinced that time, and neither my knees because handlebar/seat/pegs in not quite the same.

    I bought a one piece touratech like Cug shows, (regular height, i'm not tall) but consider it is better for offroad, the saddle is narrow, nice for standing, but not for the ass (and if i'm not tall, i'm not thin however :kbasa2), so i went to the standard seat separate driver and pillon from the same Touratech.
    Let's say comfort is firm. Well to be honest, very firm. But after breaking time (for the seat, and for the ass :dunno) it's far more comfortable for 6-8 hours day rides. Despite it's called standard high, it's higher than OEM seat, about 15mm (yes i'm a damned metric scale europeen). I won't go back now. (but never try Sargent or other you find easier in US than in Europe)
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  17. pHudson

    pHudson still riding

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    I'm in the market as well. I just added the Wunderlich handlebar riser that goes up 40 mills and back 27 (or is it 28). I did that before getting a new seat because it totally alters ones relationship with where one sits. My anatomy now lands in the middle of the saddle, rather than on the upslope toward the tank (which of course meant that I was sitting a bit north of my sit-bone, on soft tissue never meant for that purpose). If I set it to high front, low back, I can just about get away with my stock seat, but I've got 2 weeks of 1200-11400 km days coming up in January, and don't want to do it on anything that represents a compromise. I'll look at the Wunderlich, but am leaning towards Seat Concepts (because it is cheaper and more readily available). Another option is going custom, which I can do for less than the cost of either Wunderlich or Seat Concepts--by a business which uses the original seat pan and presumably replaces the padding and maybe the cover.
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  18. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    For your 1200-1400 km/day trip, I'd slap an Airhawk on your current seat. Getting a whole new seat right before a long trip is no bueno. Devil you know, and all that.
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  19. hammick

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    Yeah it's hard to evaluate a new seat. Most you can do are some smaller trips to evaluate before you head out on the long haul. Still no guarantee. When I had my '13 GSW I bought a Sargent low but still wasn't sure the stock seat was that bad. Decided to take the stock seat on my first long trip and left the Sargent at home so I could return it when I got back. Big mistake. By day two my ass was crying.
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  20. Dynamick

    Dynamick לעזאזל עם הנאצים

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    I've got a 2017 GS, came with a low seat that I ride with in the high position and don't like that I'm sitting in a bowl. Bought the Rallye seat, height is fine but it is too narrow for any comfort beyond a commute. It sure is pretty though. Picking up a Saddlemen with heat, regular height, will put it on in the low position and give that a go. Will most likely be selling a pair of seats soon. Just don't know which ones :lol3.

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