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Big box arrived today.

My Sargent seat has finally arrived and obviously it didn't take long to fit it onto the bike. I've only gone for the riders seat (never take a pillion) but ordered the blue piping to bring a little of the colour into the main seat. I'll either get used to how it looks or see if I can find a black rear in a breakers sometime.

The shape is different to the oe seat with a larger seating area and first impressions are that it's much firmer than the oe one. If it's anything like the Sargent I had on my 12GS, it should prove to be much more comfortable over distance. I found the my first Sargent needed time to bed in, or my butt to get used to it, so a wee trip will be needed to see how we get on. Superb quality as expected from Sargent and it even comes with an LED flashlight that snaps into the base. So far, happy as a very happy thing. :grin2:
 

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First, I'd like to say thank you for sharing.


The shape is different to the oe seat with a larger seating area and first impressions are that it's much firmer than the oe one.
I thought riders opt for aftermarket seats because OEM seats were too firm but you went the opposite direction. Wouldn't re-foaming the OEM seat to a firmer foam have been a better option?
 

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No, as I have no experience in how I'd have the shape altered. Then there's Sargent specialised anotomic foam plus they've a section to alleviate pressure on your coccyx. There's more to a seat than re-foaming it, and although the Sargent is firmer, IME this is better than having a softish foam which gives way too much as the AT stock seat does.
 

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I have the Sargent seat and am having a hard time with it. Though the build quality is superb (I ordered a custom blue/black combo to match the stock seat), I'll probably return it, because:

1. When in my natural position (for my arm length; I'm 5' 9") the "chines" of the narrow part of the seat dig into my upper thighs in an uncomfortable way.
2. This feeling is even worse when at a stop, and the seat is a bit higher than stock which accentuates it further.
3. Sliding back onto the wider, flatter part of the seat is very comfortable, but then my arms are overstretched.
4. The material is more slippery than OEM so on a downhill I slide forward to the least comfortable part of the seat.

Kind of at a loss what to do next.
 

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Can you show us a pic of your Sargent please ? Maybe you could also do with a set of bar risers that bring the bars back a bit closer to you. You're 2" shorter than me, but that could make a big difference.

My seat is no higher than stock, but it does feel like it's wider when I put both feet down even if I slide forward. I'm ok with that tho' as my legs are long enough to cope.
 

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Can you show us a pic of your Sargent please ?
Will take some later and post.
Maybe you could also do with a set of bar risers that bring the bars back a bit closer to you. You're 2" shorter than me, but that could make a big difference.
I'm about to install a Scotts damper, the mount for which raises the bars 1.25". Given the front end rake, that will also move the bars back a bit. Assuming the cable slack is there, I could also use some Rox risers to move the bars back even further. However, that degree of offset from the head tube axis makes me nervous about the steering — would like to hear opinions on that.
My seat is no higher than stock, but it does feel like it's wider when I put both feet down even if I slide forward. I'm ok with that tho' as my legs are long enough to cope.
And the corners of it don't dig in to your upper thighs? It may be that the seat is really optimized for riders taller than I.
 

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I have the Sargent seat and am having a hard time with it. Though the build quality is superb (I ordered a custom blue/black combo to match the stock seat), I'll probably return it, because:

1. When in my natural position (for my arm length; I'm 5' 9") the "chines" of the narrow part of the seat dig into my upper thighs in an uncomfortable way.
2. This feeling is even worse when at a stop, and the seat is a bit higher than stock which accentuates it further.
3. Sliding back onto the wider, flatter part of the seat is very comfortable, but then my arms are overstretched.
4. The material is more slippery than OEM so on a downhill I slide forward to the least comfortable part of the seat.

Kind of at a loss what to do next.
Thanks for the comments, I'm 5'7" so your comments were helpful. I loved the Sargent on my R1100GS but didn't like the one on my Super Tenere as I also had to sit too far back to be comfortable. Fortunately I bought the latter used so got my money back when I sold it. Can you return a custom ordered seat? If not, I'm sure it'd sell quickly on Ebay.
 

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Thanks for the comments, I'm 5'7" so your comments were helpful. I loved the Sargent on my R1100GS but didn't like the one on my Super Tenere as I also had to sit too far back to be comfortable. Fortunately I bought the latter used so got my money back when I sold it. Can you return a custom ordered seat? If not, I'm sure it'd sell quickly on Ebay.
They charge a 10% restocking fee so I am out $74 + shipping, which I can live with. I would not have ordered unless the seat was returnable as I was afraid that something like this would happen. Butt shapes are very personal. :laugh:
 

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They charge a 10% restocking fee so I am out $74 + shipping, which I can live with. I would not have ordered unless the seat was returnable as I was afraid that something like this would happen. Butt shapes are very personal. :laugh:
Did you get the heated version? Would love to see a pic of it. :)
 

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Did you get the heated version? Would love to see a pic of it. :)
I did get the heated version. I have not wired it up as I will probably return it.

It's too bad as I was excited to use the PWM output from my Neutrino Black Box load center to avoid having to use the Sargent heat control unit, which is pretty old school (though better than the Tourmaster heat controls for sure).
 

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I did get the heated version. I have not wired it up as I will probably return it.

It's too bad as I was excited to use the PWM output from my Neutrino Black Box load center to avoid having to use the Sargent heat control unit, which is pretty old school (though better than the Tourmaster heat controls for sure).
I wonder if I'd have the same comfort issues as you. You basically ordered the same seat and color that I was thinking about. How much would you ask for it? Got a pic? :)
 

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To be clear, I have both a front and matching rear seat, as the photos will show.
OK, I thought you had just gotten the front seat, and color-matched it to the OEM rear seat. Which is what I was considering as I don't carry a passenger. Anyhow, will shoot you a PM.
 

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OK, I thought you had just gotten the front seat, and color-matched it to the OEM rear seat. Which is what I was considering as I don't carry a passenger. Anyhow, will shoot you a PM.
It matches reasonably well but not perfectly. The blue that Sargent offers is slightly lighter. Or maybe my OEM seat is dirty. :wink2:
 
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